With his Acadian accent and his profile as a model, Robert D’Entremont is carving out a place for himself in the profession, slowly but surely. Actor from a small village in Nova Scotia, the interpreter of Xavier in The Blue House address the question of the output of the son, at the age of 20, which allowed him to live his life openly.
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Robert, tell us about this character you are in The Blue House.
Xavier is a young Acadian who is dating the president’s daughter. He is part of the FLA, the Front de Liberation de l’Acadie. It’s a nod to the FLQ. That my character luck with the president’s daughter and that he has questionable activities creates conflicts… I got the role and, four days later, I had 10 scenes to shoot. It was really intense! It was a trippy experience! As I am Acadian, I proposed some changes to the texts so that my replies would be easier to understand.
At that time, did you realize that you were going to become an actor?
I started doing theater very young. When I was five years old, I starred in Cinderella. When I was 11, I played Shakespeare. Then, at 16, I had my first role in a play: I played don Juan. It was intense! I trip! My theater teacher suggested that if I was so passionate about it, I could make a career out of it. I told myself that I didn’t have enough experience to go and study in New York, Toronto or even at the National Theater School. So I auditioned to study theater at Concordia.
Did your parents support you in your approach?
My parents had a good reaction. My mom wanted me to go to college, period. Two hundred people had auditioned for the drama program, and I was one of 18 who were accepted. I have a university baccalaureate, so my parents were happy. After my baccalaureate, I went to study at a conservatory in New York. I took the opportunity to see some theatre. My parents expected that then it would start right away, the longer it took. When I signed with my agency in 2014, I landed small roles here and there. Everyone was proud, but now I feel how proud my family is. Today, I feel like I have one foot in the door. But it’s a very difficult job, there’s really competition!
Your Acadian accent sets you apart. In your opinion, is this an advantage or a disadvantage?
The two. It depends on the project, on what we are looking for. There is more diversity, but we also have to tell ourselves that it doesn’t matter if the actor has an accent. The job is a roller coaster! Before, every time I had a refusal, I took it personally. I know now that it’s not a rejection, it’s a matter of choice.
What gets you out of the job?
I like going to see theatre, watching movies, listening to music, writing. I like spending time with my friends. I like to drink wine, eat good things. In Quebec, on so many wine choices! Here, there is a beautiful culture in this regard.
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You come from the east of the country, if I’m not mistaken…
Yes, from a small Acadian village in Nova Scotia, the first ever French-speaking Acadian village. We are 2000 people in our village.
Do you feel different in this small village of 2000 people?
The place I come from has evolved a lot, but over time, it’s something I struggled with… The fact that I’m gay made me want to be in a big city to live my life openly. Montreal is one of the most open cities in the world. I saw that there was a Village, with people like me. I hid this for a long time, and it was a big shock when I came out. No one knew, I spent a lot of time and energy hiding it. I’m not at all ashamed of that, the more it was a survival reflex. Cell says even if I go back in time, I don’t think I would change that. Good friends I had. Sometimes people say, “Come out! The more you have to be careful, you have to be ready to do it and to receive people’s reaction. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have had a good reaction if I had come out at 16… I think I have chosen my moment. I did it 20 years ago. It’s still an important step in my life and it shaped me. Often, we tell ourselves that we want to be ourselves and live our life for ourselves, but it’s not that easy… Sometimes, others send us signals that they won’t like us.
Exactly, how did your loved ones react to the news?
My family has been super cool. Of course there were different shocks and reactions, plus everyone was fabulous. I think my coming out may have a domino effect in my village.
Do you have brothers or sisters ?
I have an older brother. He leads a more typical life: a wife, two children. I love my brother, but we are very different. He’s a scientist, I’m an artist. I’m crazier than him! He acted in a play when I was 11. I was in the front row every night, I was proud of my brother! I think that’s when I really wanted to do this job.
We know after last summer that you are the spouse of Dany Turcotte. are you together after a while?
We’ve been together for four years. We didn’t make an official announcement: we knew that if we did something public, people would write about us. My boyfriend told me that it was not necessary to do it, and I appreciated this little secret between us.
But there is no more secret, now…
Yeah, and that’s okay, he’s a good person to be associated with. People are cool. I rarely received homophobic messages. He gets a ton! It’s sad. He is very well known and he was on a show where we talked about subjects that disturb the world… They attack him on his orientation. After a show, receiving 100 homophobic messages is unpleasant. Since I saw my boyfriend go through this, I hope to have some perspective, a perspective. I hope it won’t bother me too much… when the departure Everybody talks about itmy friend got over 100,000 love and messages… It was very positive. He lived both extremes. Finally, don’t take everything personally…
The Blue HouseMonday 7:30 p.m., on Radio-Canada.
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