Marie-Evelyne Lessard, actress
After studying drama at the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, actress Marie-Evelyne Lessard continued here training in musical theatre and acting for the camera in Montreal.
The public discovered this Sherbrooke-born actress primarily on the screen, in particular in the popular Quebec series: 19-2, 30 Vies, Trauma, Féminin/Féminin and Les Argonautes. She also works in dubbing, and has lent her voice and talent to many American actresses.
In cinema, her interpretation of Sophie, in director Martin Laroche’s feature film Les Manèges humains was acclaimed by critics. In 2014, she received a Best Actress nomination at the 2014 Gala du cinéma québécois. She has also worked with director Guy Édoin, together with actors Pascale Buissières and Monica Bellucci, in the film Ville-Marie.
«Persevering means working hard to make your greatest dreams come true»
When I was in school, I had the opportunity to develop my potential in dance, drama and sports, and that experience led to a career in acting, which I've been doing passionately for the past 10 years. But above all, it was my experience in drama class that made me dream, it was a source of stimulation and a springboard. It helped me develop self-confidence and the belief that anything was possible through hard work and perseverance.
And I had the support of my family and teachers who believed in me. It's important to remember that young people really need to feel appreciated and talented. I truly believe that these feelings can be fostered at school, via the adults in their lives and the projects they are involved in. So it was only natural and with great pride that I agreed to be spokesperson for the Opération Bonne Mine program.