“I’m only willing to take on stories that are authentic, that can touch people. Whether it’s comedy or something that will bring people to tears. That’s why I’m a storyteller,” says Marie Avgeropoulos who actually didn’t set out to be an actress or an activist; she set out to tell stories. Through that singular goal, the 33-year-old Canadian has found herself on television and movie screens, producing a documentary, and aiding young girls in India.
Avgeropoulos grew up in Thunder Bay, a city resting on the Canadian shore of Lake Superior. A self-described “wild child,” she remembers happily living “like most children” – one day at a time without much thought on the future. Through camping, hunting, fishing, and family barbecues at a lake house, Avgeropoulos fostered a great love and appreciation for the outdoors that have stayed with her. From time to time, she might be found snowboarding the mountains around her Vancouver home or joining her girlfriends for trips to Burchell Lake (“the Burchell Babes”).