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Karen Vanas: Her son follows her on the set

Karen Vanas: Her son follows her on the set

Beautiful projects following each other by Karen Vanas, who is currently filming before the collapse who will soon modify the English for plan B. But in the meantime, on the big screen we can see the actress, who plays game guard Emily in the movie. Arsenault & Sons, a feature film that plunges us into a unique world of poaching and at the heart of family drama. Based in the Timiskoata region for this photo session, Karen had the opportunity to bring her son to the set. For all parents, balance between work and family remains at the heart of her concerns.

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Karen, Arsenault & Sons It offers us a foray into the world of poaching. Is this not a single universe?
Yes, it is so wonderful that a movie invites us to plunge into a world we do not know. But Arsenault & Sons Not a documentary about poaching. (Editor’s note: In the film, the Arsenaults, a close-knit family, profit from poaching and have been the law for several generations in the small village of Bas-du-Fleuve.) This feature film raises the curiosity: is it really in Quebec? I find it interesting that the film addresses these issues.

Photo: © MK2 MILE END

Arsenault & Fils also stars as Luc Picard and Guillaume Cyr.

It’s a world that was foreign to you, I suppose?
definitely. Poaching is a world I didn’t know, just like the world of game rangers. There are many policemen around me, but no game guards. The family dynamic displayed in the movie is also interesting. It was precious to me to be able to participate in this project directed by Rafael Ollet. We met in the third season of blue moon. I was proud to be part of his return to the cinema. This is the story of her pregnancy for several years.

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In which region of Quebec was the movie filmed?
We shot in the Timiscoata area. We spent long enough for Guillaume (walk) He brings his kids and that my son also comes to spend time with my parents. We were all together and that was good for the team spirit. We were able to immerse ourselves in the environment that fueled the outlet. This story comes from what he saw growing up.

Could the fact that you are able to incorporate your family life into your plans or not accept or reject it?
yes. Balance between work and family matters to all of us, no matter what our profession. with Arsenault & SonsI was able to get my son there and show him the movie set. Raphael was also there with his daughter. My job as an actress is somewhat abstract compared to other, more realistic ones. So it was a great moment for us. I’ve seen many actors bring their kids to the set. It’s a chance anyway. The Chinese are a real anthill. My son will see the end result in a few years, but he may have a vague memory of what he saw. I am happy to share this experience with him.

announced that plan B It will be adapted into CBC English and you will be a member of the cast.
Yes, and I am very happy with that. This is the first time I’ve been involved in adapting a project. It is always a pleasure to be involved in Anglo-Canadian projects that shine internationally, but in addition to this, the concept is Quebec and excites. I’m going to tour with Patrick J. Adams.

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Have you worked with him before or is it the first?
No, I never walked around with him. He resides in Los Angeles and his friends are people I’ve worked with or taken lessons with. I find it good to see that these universes are mixing. Until recently he was participating in a Broadway play and I went to see him in New York. For the first time, I will be filming in English in Montreal. For balancing work and family, that’s great too!

Is this still a concern?
yes. In fact, actresses are often asked about how they manage work-life balance, but I think this question is for all moms and dads. Everyone should do this gymnastics. The nursery that my son attends offers an evening service, with some parents working in the evening or at night. We really benefit, whatever our profession, from speaking openly about this issue. Nowadays, facts often differ from traditional 9 to 5. For my part, I am well surrounded at the moment, and the schedule is well organized.

Photo: Eric Meri

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Do you have other projects on the agenda?
we are walking before the collapseEric Bruno and Kim Lizotte series. They really make a beautiful duo and they go in really hard with this first series. I am glad to be a part of it.

Will you be able to take a vacation during the summer?
I live in Eastern Townships, so I feel like I’m on vacation as soon as I get off Highway 10… (a smile) For now, I was able to take advantage of it. The pandemic has prompted many of us to pay close attention to what is going on in our region. We started encouraging all kinds of initiatives. For my part, I discovered a really cool restaurant: Parcelles, in Austin. Many businesses and activities developed in the area. Finally, it is not necessary to go far to savor the pleasure on a daily basis.

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What is left for you from this period?
I think that brought us back to a common weakness. When the sense of urgency fades, what will remain of all this? What will we remember? I don’t know. I have many friends who live in the same area. Right now, being able to spend time with the people who are important to us is already a lot. I haven’t seen a lot of shows and plays lately. I am glad to take these opportunities. The experiences of living together are precious.

We know you are a great traveler. Have you had the opportunity to move recently?
Not right. I love to travel for work. Right now, it doesn’t happen here anymore and that’s okay. I’ve had some chances – I’ve been to New York in particular – and I’m glad I was able to do it. The joy of traveling lies in the fact that there are no landmarks. This means that we are open to everything. You can develop this feeling here by forcing yourself to be in a state of openness.

Do you want to introduce your son to the world?
Yes, but I also want to cultivate openness in him on a daily basis. Although with the pandemic he hasn’t had the opportunity to travel much, he has experiences that make him interested in different things.

Arsenault & Sons In theaters all over Quebec.
before the collapse It will be shown this fall on Radio Canada.

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