And screen to dis­co­ver ano­ther side to her self through ac­ting

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Ju­lie Main­ville: nurse tur­ned ac­tress

The Ro­ck­land re­sident has had to un­der­take fi­rearms and fal­ling trai­ning, so­me­thing which has thril­led her beyond be­lief. “It real­ly was neat to learn all those new skills,” she men­tio­ned. “I ne­ver thought I’d learn how to fall off a buil­ding!”

From there, Main­ville lent her voice to some ani­ma­ted se­ries, be­fore fi­nal­ly ma­king it to the big screen. “I was in an epi­sode of Pa­ra­nor­mal Wit­ness,” she ad­ded. “It wasn’t a small role ei­ther.”

The epi­sode was fil­med in Pi­cke­ring and was ai­red on the Sci-Fi Net­work in the Uni­ted States.

“When I got there I rea­li­zed that they had a big bud­get,” Main­ville ex­plai­ned. “They had built a whole set just for the epi­sode. It was ama­zing to wit­ness and be a part of it.”

In ad­di­tion, it was the nurse’s first cre­di­ted and paid role. “Eve­ryone was so well or­ga­ni­zed and there were se­ve­ral ca­me­ras.”

But be­fore she made her big net­work day view, the ac­tress un­der­took what she consi­ders the har­dest role she has ever had to act so far.

“I did a scene in a short mo­vie where my cha­rac­ter is kid­nap­ped, stuck and bea­ten, re­cal­led an emo­tio­nal Main­ville. “I had to vi­sit a side of me that I didn’t know exis­ted. I had to do a lot of pre­pa­ra­tion.”

One can see ins­tant­ly that the nurse pos­sesses a flair for ac­ting. Emo­tions build up in her eyes as she ex­plai­ned what she had to go through in or­der to create the best scene. “I convin­ced my­self that I would ne­ver see my lo­ved ones and my family ever again,” she stres­sed. “It was ex­haus­ting. I cried a lot, be­cause you have to go so deep. At one point, I was even hys­te­ri­cal. Du­ring breaks, I would leave the set and go out­side to breath fresh air and convince my­self that eve­ry­thing was all right.”

But just like a Hol­ly­wood ac­tress, Main­ville said that her past roles don’t haunt her. “I could see how some people might have night­mares be­cause there are so ma­ny dif­ferent emo­tions at work du­ring those scenes,” she de­cla­red. “But I’ve ne­ver had night­mares fol­lo­wing the fil­ming.”

When as­ked how she can chan­nel all those dif­ferent emo­tions in­to her cha­rac­ters, the wo­man pon­ders for a short while. Sit­ting at her kit­chen table, she slow­ly eats fresh ber­ries from a small bowl, be­fore fi­nal­ly ut­te­ring what could ve­ry well be the gol­den rule of ac­ting. “Jen­ni­fer La­wrence, a ve­ry well known ac­tress, says that our best ac­ting tea­chers are people,” she fi­nal­ly ad­mit­ted. “We sim­ply have to watch, stu­dy, and learn from them.”

Main­ville has the­re­fore lear­ned to fuse her two worlds in­to one. “When I work at the hos­pi­tal, I see people at their best, at their worst, and at their most vul­ne­rable. There’s no ac­ting there. Some are in pain, some on their dea­th­beds whe­reas others are the hap­piest they’ve ever been af­ter lea­ving the ope­ra­tion room.”

In es­sence, eve­ry pa­tient that walks in­to the Ot­ta­wa Ge­ne­ral Hos­pi­tal be­comes the nurse’s tea­cher.

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