Interview with French-Canadian actor Cleo Tellier

I had the privilege to interview Cleo Tellier a French-Canadian actor mostly known in the commercial and voice industry. She currently studies at York University in Film Production. Read the interview to find out more.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
In terms of acting, Hélène Bourgeois-Leclerc is a big inspiration for me. Since her role in Luc Dionne’s film “Aurore”, Hélène has been one of my favourite actress. She displays an originality that colour her interpretations of her scenes with very particular, strong and personal hues. In terms of filmmaking, Xavier Dolan has inspired me to push myself and to create at a young age. Xavier has always been very successful and fearless (when I was younger, I was very impressed with his dubbing career and talent). A lot of people compared my filmmaking style to his. I’m not surprised but I think they’re mostly only referencing my love for slow motion. My taste for slow motion existed way before Xavier did his first film. My most recent short film “The Silence” was fully shot in slow motion. Xavier and I both value slow motion. I actually have one scene in “The Silence” that is a real reference to Xavier’s third film “Laurence Anyways”. He’ll probably think it’s funny (laugh).

What’s the synopsis of your upcoming short film The Silence
Ann, Leslie, Isabelle and Jerome used to be four out of the two millions children in foster care in the world. Before their life in foster care, they were forgotten, abused, unseen and unloved. Today, they decide to break the silence of child abuse to share their story with the world in a poetic, heartbreaking way.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
Very good question. While some people might think that my biggest achievements are specific acting characters that I portrayed, I personally feel like writing my first feature was a big step in my career. I learned a lot about pitching my script to producers. To me, it was also a big step, to go from “short” to “feature”. We’re not joking any more; it feels like such a real and big project. I’m really excited about “Les coeurs qui craquent”. Going back to my writing in French, my first language, also felt like the right thing to do.

What’s your opinion on Fashion?
I love Fashion! I actually choose the costumes for my films because I don’t trust anyone with this (laugh). It’s such an important job that I need to do it myself; to make sure that my vision is respected. I’m also attending the World MasterCard Fashion Week this month with one my acting friend Austin MacDonald.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the acting industry?
If you’re an adult, becoming an actor is extremely hard, because you’re competing against people who have been actors since their childhood. I think the best way is to study at a recognized theater school to get in the unions & guilds (sag/aftra/uda/actra, etc).

1 Comment

  • Reply October 22, 2014


    I love cleo!!
    But there’s a mistake!!I it should be “going back to writing in French”, not “going back to MY writing in french”….

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