Evelyne Brochu is officially back home after settling in France for several months. During the filming of Petexpected series on Novoo in the fall, the actress told The Press his joy at rediscovering the warm atmosphere of Quebec.
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Evelyne Brochu is not one to be lazy. Earlier this year, while filming the sequel to Paris Police 1900 in France, she was preparing the shooting of Petseries written by Simon Boulerice (six degrees). “I did the in and out since January,” says the Quebec actress, who we saw in particular in Too.
His stay in Paris allowed him to open up to new perspectives. “In the trip, we try a little to break our bearings, to break the routine, to renew our view of the world,” she explains. To learn, to be turned upside down, to experience something different and therefore to be different, because we are in another context and that reveals something else about us. »
For this second season produced by Canal+, aptly titled Paris Police 1905Evelyne Brochu resumed her role of Marguerite Steinheil, this courtesan reconverted into espionage during what is known as the Belle Époque.
“As a return to the sources”
After this new experience abroad, returning to Quebec became obvious to Evelyne Brochu. “It’s like going back to basics,” she observes.
There is a real pleasure in being in a kind of family feeling: the referents are common, the sense of humor is already embodied, because it has been the same since our childhood.
Evelyne Brochu has therefore launched this new challenge, which she has approached by providing preparation prior to filming. “I still had a month here to meet people, try on things. We had a lot of discussions, so we felt we were on familiar ground. »
In Pet, the actress plays Chanelle, a French teacher devoured by an illicit passion for one of her students. She shares the bill with a prestigious trio made up of Lévi Doré (Sandrick, the student in question), Steve Laplante (Jeff, Chanelle’s spouse) and Sophie Cadieux (Sandrick’s mother).
The 39-year-old actress is delighted to have bonded with the production team of Pet. “On set, there’s a kind of familiarity, like when you go home and say, ‘This is our home.’ “Careful”, “tender” and “magical” are the three words she remembers to describe her co-workers.
A climate of trust that puts her in the best conditions for the rest of the filming. “I feel so protected, welcomed and supported, I feel like we want to protect, love and cherish each other. It allows you to give the feeling that everything is cushioned, that you just have to get started, ”explains the actress.
A necessary maturity
Directed by Marie-Claude Blouin and Félix Tétreault, the series written by Simon Boulerice tackles difficult themes such as adultery, poverty or drug addiction. “I think it was great that there was this feeling of security and comfort, because there were going to be sensitive and uncomfortable things to discuss,” says Evelyne Brochu.
The role of Chanelle, which involves “challenges from the point of view of emotional and physical commitment”, led the actress to enter a phase of introspection.
There are certain characters for whom it is better to stay away from that. My big job for this role was precisely to get as close to myself as possible. Of my fragility, of my vulnerability.
More than her sense of interpretation, her life experiences helped her to embody her character. “Having more experience sometimes prepares you for a role without having to intellectualize it. Evelyne Brochu cites the birth of her two twins in November 2021, which allowed her to better understand her character’s fears of the consequences of her adultery.
“When Chanelle feels the danger of losing her family, it’s an emotion that I can imagine,” she says. The 39-year-old actress is also delighted with the projects that await her, especially in the cinema. She evokes a romantic comedy with a “cool American actor”, whose filming will begin in August.
” It’s very exciting. And I think it’s going to be good to change universe after this big dive for Pet she concludes with a smile.