Karine Vanasse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Karine Vanasse
Born(1983-11-24) 24 November 1983 (age 28)
Drummondville, Québec, Canada
Years active1999 – present
Jump to: navigation, search
Karine Vanasse
Born(1983-11-24) 24 November 1983 (age 28)
Drummondville, Québec, Canada
Years active1999 – present

Karine Vanasse (born 24 November 1983) is a French Canadian actress. She was a cast member of the ABC TV series Pan Am who played the role of Colette Valois. Vanasse is the daughter of council worker Conrad Vanasse and Renée Gamache, who was her manager at the beginning of her career.


Life and career

Vanasse was born in Drummondville, Québec. At the age of nine, Vanasse expressed her desire to sing or to act. Vanasse fulfilled that wish when she appeared in Québec's teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a "lip sync" competition. It was then, with the help of her mother, that she began to audition for, and take part in, TV commercials, and to play minor and supporting roles in French Canadian TV movies.

In 1998, what is now known as the Motion International production company asked Vanasse to co-host the once-popular Québec-based children's science show, Les Débrouillards, in an attempt to re-brand its "comeback" with a new, friendlier image. Producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her there, and offered Vanasse her first big break in the role of Hanna in Emporte-moi (1999), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. The film was presented at forty festivals, and shown in twenty countries. Her performance was highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally and earned her the title of best actress at the Jutra Award Gala, in Québec.

Vanasse played Lucie (Zac's (Benoit Langlais) love interest) in the controversial Québec TV series Deux Frères (1999). Her character, Lucie, became much more prominent and realistic in 2000–2001, and the debate stirred by the violent realism led her to become, together with Langlais, a spokesperson for the government-funded TV program Parler, c'est grandir, a broadcast aimed at youngsters from unstable backgrounds.

Even as her teen roles began to stick, she ran the risk of becoming typecast by accepting the main role for the feature film Du pic au coeur (2001), a trendy production by Céline Baril on the intricacies of today's youngsters' love lives. In the spring of 2001, Vanasse applied for the ITHAKA program and took a six-month break in Greece to devote herself to travel and to academic work.

After that interlude, she broke from the role of the rebellious teenager by playing Donalda in Charles Binamé's film, Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002), with actor Roy Dupuis. She was cast as an FLQ terrorist in the 2006 miniseries October 1970 on CBC's English network. Vanasse has appeared in assorted other Canadian productions in both French and English.

Vanasse was a producer and a cast member of the 2009 film Polytechnique, which portrays the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal.[1][2] She won the Genie Award for Best Actress for her performance.[3]

She provides the voice of Wendy in the Québec dubbed version of South Park for broadcast on V in September, 2009.[4]

As stated above, Vanasse was a cast member of the American-produced television series Pan Am.


List of acting performances in film and television
1999Le souperShort film
19992 frèresLucie Chaput
  • TV series
  • Nominated – Prix Gémeaux for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Nominated – MetroStar Award for Favorite Actress in a Series (2001,2002)
1999Set Me FreeHanna
2001Mon meilleur ennemiFranny Anderson (Jeune)TV series
2002Games of the HeartAlice
2002Séraphin: un homme et son péchéDonalda Laloge
2004Head in the CloudsLisette
2006Un homme mortKim BlanchardTV series
2006Without HerCamille
2006October 1970Christine
  • 8 episodes
  • Nominated – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance
2006Marie-AntoinetteMarie-Antoinettetv movie of Francis Leclerc and Yves Simoneau
2007Killer WaveSophie MarleauEpisode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
2007My Daughter, My AngelNathalie DagenaisNominated – Jutra Award for Best Actress
2009Emma FireYoung WomanShort film
2010Rhonda's PartyAmyShort film
2010Child Prodigy, TheThe Child ProdigyCamillette Mathieu
2011TraumaFannie ComtoisEpisode: "Plaisir et douleur"
2011Angle mortStéphanie
2011Midnight in ParisChloe
2011French ImmersionJulie Tremblay
2011SwitchSophie Malaterre
2011I'm YoursDaphnePost-production
2011Pan AmColette ValoisTV series, part of lead ensemble
2012Scruples (TV series)Valentine O'NeillPilot


External links