For her great return to Quebec after a few years in France, Suzanne Clément could not have hoped for a more stimulating project than the new newspaper “Stat”, in which she plays the emergency doctor Emmanuelle St-Cyr.
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“At first I was scared, she confided to the QMI Agency on the sidelines of the presentation of the ICI Télé programming. But the more it goes, the more I get into it and that’s exactly what I needed.
The days are long on set and once home, you have to learn pages and pages of lines. “I have had many challenges of all kinds, but in this case the program is impressive. It’s a great gym for the brain, “the actress said, laughing.
“I’m not where I want to be yet, we’ve only been shooting for a couple of weeks. I learn my lyrics by walking with my papers, I know I have to get organized with an app. I have learned some text in my life, but here I push it further.
The medical universe of the series fascinates her. “For me, urgency is linked to something strong. I don’t feel like a stranger in a hospital. Even our pace of work is reminiscent of the emergency, they are as adrenaline-pumped as we are, but in our case we are not saving lives.
Go back to the fold
Suzanne Clément has toured extensively in Europe after the release of Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”. There was no lack of proposals from her when she decided to go home. She also turned down a recent film that would take her back to France. It was the death of her father that crystallized her desire to return home.
“It’s actually a gift that he gave me at the same time … I went back to be there for my family and it became obvious. Paris is a very special city, it’s like a drug, but when I came back I thought it was the right thing to do. I followed what I wanted to do and it’s time to turn the page. I don’t miss Paris! It’s calmer here. “
Observe in the hospital
To prepare to embody an emergency doctor who does not have a minute to himself and whose profession is a vocation, she went to observe the real context in which healthcare professionals evolve. “She anchored Me a lot in concrete.”
Suzanne Clément, who cannot be forgotten for her roles in “The Ups and Downs of Sophie Paquin” and “Unité 9”, is fascinated by the writing of “Stat” author, Marie-Andrée Labbé, after filming the first 30 Episodes.
“It is linked to the news, everything is relevant, everything has a human and social value, it is” rooted “in reality, there is also humor and we discover the private life of the characters”.
Speaking of private life, his Emmanuelle St-Cyr, who heads the emergency room at St-Vincent Hospital, has been in mourning for a year. Her spouse François, a psychiatrist, has formed with her and three other friends – the psychiatrist Philippe Dupéré (Patrick Labbé), the surgeon Isabelle Granger (Geneviève Schmidt) and the assistant beneficiary Éric Perron (Stéphane Rousseau) – a close-knit clan . Emmanuelle compartments and has not yet mourned her.
“It is actually a rejection of mourning. She runs away and wonders how François died, and she takes up all the space.
Suzanne Clément is also the protagonist of the film “The origin of evil”, by Sébastien Marnier, just screened out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. It is a co-production between France (Avenue B Productions) and Quebec (micro_scope).