Ju­lie Main­ville: Shif­ting gears from the ope­ra­ting theatre to the stage

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In this day and age, you could consi­der Ju­lie Main­ville a su­per­he­ro. Al­though she doesn’t wear a cape or sport a mask, the Ro­ck­land re­sident takes care of the most vul­ne­rable; she’s a re­gis­te­red nurse at the Ot­ta­wa Ge­ne­ral Hos­pi­tal. Yet the smi­ling wo­man al­so has so­mew­hat of a se­cond iden­ti­ty. When she’s not ta­king care of pa­tients in the re­co­ve­ry room, she pur­sues a ca­reer in ac­ting which has made her tra­vel throu­ghout the pro­vince and has en­abled her to vi­sit sides of her she didn’t know exis­ted.

But why would a ca­reer nurse sud­den­ly de­cide to jump who­le­hear­ted­ly in­to the world of ci­ne­ma?

“I re­mem­ber wat­ching mo­vies as a child and wan­ting to be in them,” ex­plai­ned Main­ville in her Ro­ck­land house, du­ring one of her rare days off. “But as I grew up, I took the safe route and pur­sued my edu­ca­tion, get­ting a nur­sing de­gree and be­co­ming a nurse.”

But along the years, Main­ville be­came aware that she lon­ged for so­me­thing else. She wan­ted to be known for so­me­thing other than being a nurse.

Her ex­ci­ting ad­ven­ture in­to ac­ting star­ted on­ly a couple of years ago. “I star­ted by doing some mo­del­ling,” she said, smi­ling. “Du­ring shoots, they ask you to show se­ve­ral dif­ferent emo­tions. That’s where I met a cas­ting di­rec­tor.”

Her ac­ting ca­reer snow­bal­led from there. She qui­ck­ly took part in some ac­ting work­shops, where she said she met ama­zing tea­chers. “I lear­ned a lot from them,” she ex­plai­ned. “They sho­wed me to step out off my com­fort zone.”

Main­ville, who ad­mits to ha­ving been pla­gued by shy­ness, the­re­fore had to open up and tru­ly be­come one with the ca­me­ra and script, so­me­thing she has ac­com­pli­shed se­ve­ral times.

Chan­ne­ling her sur­roun­dings

The Ro­ck­land wo­man’s dive in­to the world of ac­ting didn’t ini­tial­ly trans­form her in­to a ri­sing star over­night. “In the be­gin­ning, you have to take on se­ve­ral vo­lun­tee­ring po­si­tions,” she ad­mit­ted. “But to think that di­rec­tors, who are crea­ting their mas­ter­pieces, wan­ted me to take part in it was sim­ply ama­zing.”

In ad­di­tion, Main­ville stres­sed that an ac­ting re­sume is quite dif­ferent than a nor­mal one. “They don’t care if you wor­ked at McDo­nald’s or if you were a nurse,” she in­di­ca­ted. “They want to know in what you were and what kind of ac­ting ex­pe­rience you pos­sess. When I star­ted, I had no­thing.”

She the­re­fore had to take on se­ve­ral dif­ferent roles, the likes of which made her tru­ly ap­pre­ciate the ove­rall at­mos­phere of ac­ting. “I did se­ve­ral short films, a web se­ries and even voice ac­ting.”

In or­der to push her­self to her li­mit, Main­ville de­ci­ded to create a list of goals. “My first one was to be in so­me­thing re­la­ti­ve­ly big,” she ad­ded. “I ac­com­pli­shed that with Past Re­demp­tion.”

The web se­ries fil­med in Que­bec has gar­ne­red quite some praise among­st vie­wers. Past Re­demp­tion is a cha­rac­ter-dri­ven se­ries about sur­vi­val in a small im­po­ve­ri­shed town, where the op­tions are to be law abi­ding and live in po­ver­ty or be in­vol­ved in pet­ty crime where pros­pects im­prove dra­ma­ti­cal­ly.

“I real­ly had a fun time doing it,” the nurse confi­ded. “It was my first taste of real ac­ting.”

The pre­mier of the first se­ries was show­ca­sed at the May­fair Thea­ter, to a huge crowd. Epi­sodes are rou­ti­ne­ly re­lea­sed on the se­ries’ web­site and the first epi­sode of the se­cond sea­son is al­rea­dy in the works. “It’s going to be ve­ry in­ter­es­ting,” ex­plai­ned Main­ville. Pro­duc­tion scene from Past Re­demp­tion

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