Robert D’Entremont shares rare secrets about his relationship with Dany Turcotte

With his academic accent and profile as a model, Robert D’Entremont is slowly but surely making his way into the profession. Actor from a small village in Nova Scotia, the interpreter of Xavier in The Blue House deals with the question of his coming out, at the age of 20, which allowed him to live his life openly.

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Robert, tell us about this role you’re playing The Blue House.
Xavier is a young Acadian who is dating the President’s daughter. He is part of the FLA, the Front de Liberation de l’Acadie. It’s a nod to the FLQ. For my character to date the president’s daughter and for shady activities to cause conflict… I got the part and four days later I had 10 scenes to shoot. It was really intense! It was a trippy experience! Being Acadian, I have suggested some changes to the texts to make my answers easier to understand.

When did you realize you were going to be an actor?
I started acting at a very young age. I played along when I was five years old Cinderella. When I was 11 I played Shakespeare. Then, at 16, I had my first role in a play: I played Dom Juan. It was intense! I stumbled! My drama teacher suggested that if I was that passionate about it, I could make a career out of it. I told myself I didn’t have enough experience to study in New York, Toronto or even the National Theater School. So I auditioned to study at Concordia Theater.

Did your parents support you in what you did?
My parents had a good reaction. My mom wanted me to go to college, period. Two hundred people auditioned for the drama program and I was one of 18 who were accepted. I have my Abitur, my parents were happy. After graduating from high school, I studied at a conservatory in New York. I took the opportunity to see theatre. My parents expected it to start soon, but it took a long time. When I signed with my agency in 2014, I got small roles here and there. Everyone was proud, but now I can feel how proud my family is. Today I feel like I have a foot in the door. But it’s a super difficult job, there’s a lot of competition!

Your academic accent sets you apart from others. Do you think this is an advantage or a disadvantage?
The two. It depends on the project, what we’re looking for. There’s more variety, but we should also say that it doesn’t matter if the actor has an accent. The job is a roller coaster! I used to take every rejection personally. I know now that it’s not a rejection, it’s a matter of choice.

What gets you out of business?
I like going to the theatre, watching films, listening to music, writing. I like spending time with my friends. I like to drink wine, eat good things. In Quebec we have so many wines to choose from! There is a nice culture here in this regard.

Photo: Karine Levesque

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They’re from the east of the country, if I’m not mistaken…
Yes, from a small Acadian village in Nova Scotia, the first French-speaking Acadian village ever. We are 2000 people in our village.

Did you feel differently in this small village of 2000 inhabitants?
The place I come from has changed a lot, but over time I’ve struggled with that… The fact that I’m gay made me want to be in a big city to live my life openly . Montreal is one of the most open cities in the world. I saw that there was a village with people like me. I hid this for a long time and it was a big shock when it came out. No one knew, I spent a lot of time and energy trying to hide it. I’m not at all ashamed of it, but it was a survival instinct. That said, even if I went back in time, I don’t think I would change that. I had good friends. Sometimes people say, “Come out!” But you have to be careful, you have to be willing to do it and receive people’s reaction. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have had a good reaction if I came out at 16… I think I chose my moment. I did it when I was 20. It is still an important step in my life and has shaped me. Often we tell ourselves that we want to be ourselves and live our lives for ourselves, but it’s not that easy… Sometimes other signals send us signals that they won’t like us.

Exactly how did your loved ones react to the news?
My family was super cool. Of course there were shocks and different reactions, but all were fabulous. I think coming out has had a domino effect in my village.

Do you have brothers or sisters?
I have an older brother. He leads a more typical life: one wife, two children. I love my brother, but we are very different. He’s a scientist, I’m an artist. I’m crazier than him! He acted in a play when I was 11. I was in the front row every night, I was proud of my brother! I think I really wanted to do this job.

We have known since last summer that you are the wife of Dany Turcotte. have you been together for a while
We’ve been together for four years. We didn’t make an official announcement: we knew that if we made something public, people would write about us. My boyfriend told me it wasn’t necessary and I cherished this little secret between us.

But there’s no more secret, now…
Yes, and that’s okay, he’s a good person to associate with. people are cool I rarely received homophobic messages. He gets a ton! It is sad. He’s well known and he was on a show where we were talking about issues that are disturbing the world… They attack him for his orientation. Getting 100 homophobic messages after a show is uncomfortable. Seeing my friend go through this, I’m hoping to have some perspective, some perspective. I hope it doesn’t bother me too much… I’ve realized that the people who love us don’t take the time to write to us, but those who hate us always take the time to do so. when he left Everyone talks about itmy friend had more than 100,000 likes and messages… It was very positive. He lived both extremes. Finally don’t take everything personally…

The Blue HouseMonday 7:30 p.m., on Radio Canada.
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