Karine Gonthier-Hyndman opens up about what makes her spin with her ex

In 2023, Karine Gonthier-Hyndman celebrates 15 years in the business. A career that took shape slowly, but which, for several years, has offered him a number of exciting projects. Despite this enviable career, the actress takes nothing for granted. The sense of urgency that inhabits him and his fear of running out of time — for the profession, his passions, life — leads him to savor every moment with intensity.

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Karine, the third season of That’s how I love you looks very promising…

Yes, but I haven’t read anything yet. This year, Patrice Robitaille and François Létourneau are directing the series. It will create a different atmosphere. I can’t wait to find them and see where it takes us. We tour every two years so that François has time to write. It is a project that allows us to succeed as actors. We are very active, always on the move. As the series is set in the 1970s, the packaging is different: hairstyle, makeup, customs. I am lucky to be able to play Micheline Paquette, who is both violent and loving. The characters of the Series begin to anchor themselves in the collective imagination. On Halloween, people send us photos of themselves dressed up as the four characters. I tell myself that we must have achieved something.

Spin with your ex in between two sheets does he pose fis?

Not at all. Guillaume (Girard) and I had this series when we were already separated. We mentioned her as a couple of friends. It is absolutely not a slippery slope for us. We tour in a good mood and the pleasure of working on our ties differently, like two work colleagues, but out like two friends. We have a lot of fun doing this project.


In 2023, we will also find you at the theater, if I’m not mistaken?

Yes, I will be on tour with The novel by Monsieur de Molière. I would also be at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in the play the makeran adaptation of a play by Balzac, Mercadet. This is the first time that I have worked with Alice Ronfard, an exceptional theater woman. I have always liked people who have a singular thought. I like his way of approaching work with an element of risk. The theater is the place of risk, and this is something that I find in Alice. Attaché is not for me. Risk is part of our job.

Do you have models that inspire you with their audacity?

The model that everyone knows around the world is Madonna. I’m not a big fan of her music, but the artist she inspires me. She kicked down every door and was always on the fringes, refusing to submit to standards. She paved the way with such a strong voice, not only for women, but also for queers and many others. One can criticize her surgeries, but she deeply embodies who she was sent to be. She is never disrespectful. It is a strong model. After the start of her career, she had so many things assessed…

It seems that you will celebrate your 15 years of career in 2023.

Yes, I left school in 2008. I feel like I started working yesterday… The beginnings were late; I started working when I was 30 and I’m now 38. During the years that preceded the start of my career, I was still working: I did theatre, voice, dubbing, acting workshops. I was training, I was jogging. I am preparing for the day when it will come…

Then your career literally exploded!

Yes, but I am not one of the actors who are headliners on all projects. My career is changing rapidly. I have worked a lot for eight years, but always gently. I’ve been part of groups, not necessarily brought to the fore, and I like that. I have 15 years of career, but I still have this passion, this inner fire. I wish myself to remain alive and happy in my profession.

Initially, did you have specific dreams, and if so, did you realize them?

I did more! Before I turned 30, I said to myself that maybe I wasn’t going to make a living from my job. To be able to make a living from it, and even be recognized by my peers, is unexpected. Our desires and desires grow as we unfold. So I have new needs, new desires, new ambitions. Sometimes I should have sent myself saying, “It’s okay! Enough, the croquettes! more with the passage of time, the urgency is even greater.

Does this slower pace allow you to particularly appreciate everything that happens to you?

Yes, and I don’t take anything for granted. I struggled so much that every contract I land is like a blessing. The fear of no longer working or of working less will always be present. The fear of not being up to par and of not renewing myself too. It’s part of me. It may even be a driving force in my work. On the other hand, I have moments of respite. When I know that my year is full, it’s reassuring. My job is really my passion, I need it. I need to consume culture and make it.


Does heading into your forties force you to take a fresh look at the passage of time?

Absolutely! What scares me about getting old is not working anymore. Otherwise, I like getting old. I feel more poised and calmer than before. I feel more at peace with my choice. Lots of things are bubbling inside me. I sent to explore different things, the more time I miss. I have always been like this, even as a child. My mother said that I didn’t want to go to bed, that I always ran out of time. I continued to feel this urgency throughout my twenties and thirties: I have a hard time stopping myself. I wish the days were longer. So what worries me is running out of time. Will I have time to travel as I want? To meet those whom I have sent to meet? To do the projects that I want to do?

Do you still live in the beautiful house you renovated?

Yes, this is my haven of peace. I’ve made a nest for myself in the fanl, rain or shine, well-being or ill-being, finding myself there calms me down. I feel good at home. I have a lot of plants, I garden a lot. It’s one of the things that calms me down.

If not, what occupies your free time?

I consume cinema, I go to the museum, I see my friends. I love shopping at the market, cooking. I am particularly epicurean. As much as I need to be home alone to recharge my batteries, I like to be offered, to invite my friends over. I had the opportunity to go to Greece last fall. It reminded me how good it feels to change context, to open up to something else. Life is short. It makes me realize that I don’t have to put everything on work and that I have to take time for myself. It’s part of my resolutions for the new year: take advantage of the moments of calm to recharge my batteries rather than stressing out because I don’t have a job…

The room The novel by Monsieur de Molière is on tour from January 18 to February 9. tnm.qc.ca The room the maker will be presented at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier from January 25 to February 18.

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