Actress Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, who has played the role of Tina for three years in Lifetime, tells us about the challenges of embodying such a character and the evolution of the latter since the first year. She also reveals a new family project that excites her.
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the end of Lifetime reserves a pleasant surprise for Tina, whose destiny is wonderfully fulfilled. “You could say it’s a real final. The threads are tied, both in the plots and in the emotions. I think it’s a nice ending, sprinkled with a beautiful serenity”, reveals Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc.
The actress mentions that Tina has calmed down over time. “My character has gone through quite an evolution! At first, Tina lived only to work. She was so committed to the mission of Marie-Labrecque that there was no room for anything else in her life. This led to unclear relationships, also with her adoptive parents. There was this sense of family obligation to her that was more burdensome than rejuvenating. The more the episodes went on, the more we felt a softening in her, but also in her inner child. She has reunited with her birth mother and made peace with her adoptive parents.
A CHARACTER FAR FROM HER
For Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, one of the main challenges of playing Tina was showing restraint in her performance: “She’s a character that always had to be appropriate. Tina is a school director who works with girls who are going through intense and particular situations. She can’t say too much or leave room for her opinion. I really appreciated this moderation. I had to work on that, because it’s not something I come naturally to, unlike Roy Dupuis, who is a less exuberant man. I had to adapt and learned a lot as an actress and as a woman. I have the feeling that I have touched something else as an actress thanks to a Tina who follows the protocols and maintains her integrity in everything she does. I thought it was nice to do it.”
FULL OF FAVORITES
Another thing he takes away from his experience on the set of Lifetime, is the talent of the young actresses who shared the screen with her. “I had a lot of crushes! There were actresses who learned the trade while filming. It was super refreshing to see them in action. Without taking myself for a teacher or a mentor, I made myself a point of honor to guide them, if necessary. But the production hired them because they knew they could deliver the products. I was very impressed with the commitment of each one in her role.
AN EXCITING PROJECT
Next fall on Zeste, the actress will don the hostess outfit for the show. The restaurant. “It excites me to no end, and it’s a completely abandoned field. I didn’t expect to do this at all. So I’m going to host a cooking contest with chef Vincent Dion-Lavallée. I have a high fever.
The show will bring together 12 young professionals who work in the kitchen and who have the dream of opening their own restaurant. At the end of the competition, only one of them will win the $50,000 scholarship to fulfill her wish. “I think it’s great to make a great place for restaurateurs, who have eaten their dry bread solidly for the last two years. There are still young people who want to get into the restaurant business, and I admire that,” says the host.
This animation challenge comes at a good time for her. “It’s fun for me, after three years of doing something dense and dramatic, hosting a cooking show and having fun with people as epicurean as myself,” she says, adding that catering has taken a big place in her life lately. . “When the pandemic arrived, my boyfriend and I told each other that we were going to take a break Friday and Saturday nights and order food. So it’s been two years now that, every week, we try new restaurants or return to our classics.
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