(LOL) I had two eggs sunny side up with toast, blueberries, glass of water (I hate juice if it’s not freshly squeezed) and vitamins.I don’t think we’ve ever had anyone include vitamins in their breakfast, but those are very important people!
How do you like living in Miami compared to Montreal?
There is so much you can learn by always living in the same place. I’ve been lucky to have lived in Italy (although I was very young), in Montreal and now Miami.The more I get comfortable with something the more I get bored and the unknown excites me. I am constantly growing and I don’t think there is ever a time in your life that you stop learning. I like to live new experiences and to meet new people, but It’s also question of opportunities. The U.S. market is so much bigger than the Canadian and the possibilities are endless. I love Miami! There are some great places to go to, the people are beautiful and being able to wake-up with the view of the ocean and the beach is simply a blessing. I travel quite often to Montreal for work so I get the best of both worlds!
What would you say is the difference artistically between Painting and Acting?
They both involve the expression of emotions in different ways. The difference for me is that painting might be more of a pure expression method. Once emotions are experienced, I transfer them into a bodily display. These images are then interpreted differently by each individual viewer. As for acting, I need to create the emotion required. To do so, I can sometimes go look for that specific emotion, lived in a past situation in my life, and relive that moment. Other times I just create that emotion, believe the situation (set up) that is created, live in the moment and be as true to myself as possible. Which ever way I choose to get there, the end result are emotions that are clearly understood by the viewer.
Top 3 favorite artists and why?
Andy Wahrol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesslemann… Specifically Andy Warhol for being a leading figure in the Pop Art Movement and an avant-garde artist by diversifying himself. His celebrities portraits paintings and his use of colors are a great influence on my work.
What do you have coming up in the US for painting and acting?
I have a movie coming out entitled “My Name is Sandy”. It is a feature length film, written and directed by Marco Iammatteo. I was lucky enough to get the lead role of Sandy who is a French prostitute that moves to NYC. The movie was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival but is yet to be released. I will also be appearing for the second time on Blue Mountain State, a show on Spike TV for their up-coming season.
As for painting I recently had my first art showcase in Miami called Blondes vs. Brunettes where I presented a few pieces of my “Blondes Icons” and my “Iconic Brunettes” collections. I also recently painted a portrait for the Kardashian sisters for their Dash Boutique here in Miami and a portrait of Gretchen Rossi from “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. I am presently painting a collection honoring the life of the French Canadian poet Emile Nelligan that will be presented in Montreal as a solo exhibit in September. In February I have another solo exhibit taking place at the Calix Gustav Gallery in the Wynwood are of Miami (AKA Art District) where I will be presenting my “Divas” collection. I also recently designed a complete Marilyn Monroe fashion line for a Canadian company. I always wanted to do something in fashion and I knew I would love it. Now that I got this great opportunity which thought me a lot, I’m ready to do so much more. I’m eventually looking to design my own lines one day. I did study jewelry design!
How did you come up with concepts of “Blonde Icons” and “Iconic Brunette”?
I initially came up with “Blondes Icons” where I wanted to honor all the female blonde figures that were a big influence in my life and that despite their talent had to go through society’s predefined stereotype of the blonde. Being a blonde myself I know this stereotype can have its advantages as much as disadvantages. Being a public figure you are in constant battle with your exterior image. You constantly need to prove yourself as an artist because people are less at ease to believe that you can be smart and talented (in my case at least). Take Marilyn Monroe for example, who was constantly seen and treated as an “object” but she refused and fought that stereotype her whole life because she wanted to be recognized as a talented actress and despite all that, people only saw her as “sex symbol”. As for “Brunettes Icons”, it seemed like the logical followup to my “Blondes Icons” collection.