present in viking, new film by Stéphane Lafleur, Steve Laplante is one of the most sought after actors of the moment. Encounter with a versatile actor whose career couldn’t be more vibrant this year.
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In less than four months we could see it in the cinema Baby sitter (Monia Chokri) The cheaters (Louis Godbout) and, from this Friday, viking (Stephan Lafleur). On TV, his talent is currently being highlighted in the series After (which earned him a quote at the last Gemini gala), This is how I love you 2 And Pet. Steve Laplante is one of those versatile actors, who control all registers, onto which writers can project everything knowing they will always hit the right note.
“Yes, there is a kind of big wave, which I feel, but all these projects came from different paths anyway and are not interconnected”, explains the actor during an interview granted to The print. This synchronicity also comes from having shot a lot during the pandemic. It’s like a series of beautiful coincidences. For example, Stéphane Lafleur went completely into my blind spot with viking, a movie that never came to come. It gives a kind of sparkling year ! ”
An unexpected proposal
In the new film by the director of You sleep Nicole, Steve Laplante wears the costume of an astronaut who, well encamped in an American desert place, acts as a terrestrial lining for an astronaut truly sent to Mars. For Stéphane Lafleur, the choice to entrust the role to the actor came very quickly during the writing phase, which is not always the case in the director’s creative process.
“Steve and I didn’t know each other, but I’ve seen him in the theater for 25 years,” points out the man whose new feature won a special mention at the Toronto Film Festival. “He carries within him a humanity that makes you immediately feel empathy. But I waited for all the threads to really be attached before sending the script to him. ”
This proposal took the actor completely off guard.
“He really came from the left court,” recalls Steve Laplante.
I opened my computer in December 2020, there was an email from Stéphane, a director whose films I admire. Why me ? I do not know. I hardly made any movies. I did not understand and still do not understand today. And that’s correct. Stéphane offered me the role without even giving me an audition!
First, the theater
It is true that until more recently, Steve Laplante’s career has essentially been accomplished in the theater and on television. A graduate of the National Theater School of Canada in 1996, he claims he owes his calling to his fascination with National Improvisation League (LNI) matches, which he diligently followed in his youth on Télé-Québec.
“I’ve watched it over and over again,” he says. I also learned some parts by heart. I don’t know why, but there was something about this game that fascinated me. It led me to read plays in my teens, particularly by Michel Tremblay. The real world gave me a nice shot. I felt like I was in the book. After CEGEP, I didn’t know where to go to college and a friend told me about the theater school auditions. I decided to give it a try and it sucks! ”
Not coming from an artistic family at all, the young actor, gifted with raw talent, had to bolster his confidence during his student years.
“I found myself with several teachers that I had seen play at LNI and who taught me there. I felt like a big disconnect. I wondered if I was in the right place and often thought they would throw me out. André Brassard, who was running the National School at the time, gave a lot of inspiration to sailing and gave me confidence. He could see that I was a little dizzy at times. ”
Despite this inevitable impostor syndrome, Steve Laplante immediately found himself on stage. He was also one of the interpreters of some plays by Wajdi Mouawad, obtaining in particular a leading role in Coastline.
My interest in this work came mainly from the theater. For a long time, I really thought I was going to do just that. Then came the TV, then the cinema – especially for two years – but my first family was that of the theater.
His presence in successful series and in famous films gives him greater visibility this year, with which comes a new popular recognition. This notoriety comes when the actor has just passed his fifth decade of existence.
“Honestly, I’m not sure how to live with it. Since this summer, I definitely feel the difference. It’s weird to find out, at my age. At the same time, I’m very aware that this is all rather ephemeral and I look at it from a distance. This work. it’s a roller coaster and I just wonder how long it will last. I am naturally wary of too big climbs and at the moment there is one. It is certain that at my age I tell myself that maybe it is a good deal to happen today and not before. ”
Proud to have been part of the adventure of the new film by Stéphane Lafleur (“There are projects that affect more than others and viking it’s definitely one of them, ”he says), Steve Laplante doesn’t want to rest on his laurels.
“The few times I put both feet on the bag and felt more comfortable, it started to go less well. There I live a beautiful, intoxicating moment. I was lucky enough to look good because I was offered roles in quality shows.
“It’s important, he continues, because when that’s not the case, it’s very difficult to be good at a quarter past seven in the morning in a studio with texts written too quickly, where you have 20 minutes to play a super dramatic scene in which you learn that the your children just died and the lights just went out. There are great interpretations that get lost in those places. That’s how I love you Where is it viking, you just have to hit the mark and don’t overdo it. You know the light and the frames will be beautiful. Then they come and say you’re good, but it’s actually luck. And I realize that I have a lot! ”
viking is currently showing.