Elyse Levesque Speaks Sep27

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Elyse Levesque Speaks

Elyse Levesque started her professional acting career before she became a teenager, but don’t look for this Canadian beauty to go all Lindsay Lohan on you. She credits her small town upbringing with helping keep her feet planted firmly on the ground while she reaches for the stars.

elyselevesquegallery1Mike Parker – You were a child actress, launching your professional career at the tender young age of 11 on the Canadian TV series, The Incredible Story Studio. Was getting into the industry as such a young age beneficial, or did it present its own set of challenges?

Elyse Levesque – I became an actor under exceptional circumstances. I grew up in a small town, and the series was shot in the area, so we weren’t exposed to the Hollywood lifestyle. It felt more like going to summer camp. We did a two-week workshop learning what it was like to be on set. I got to act, and I got to be a kid. But that experience convinced me acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Parker – You made the leap from acting to modeling, then back to acting. Do you have a preference between to two careers?

Elyse – The modeling thing was an opportunity to travel and see the world. I knew I wanted to act professionally, but I was scared to make the commitment. Modeling let me put off that decision for a while, but acting is my passion. All that said, I loved modeling and still enjoy it when the opportunity presents itself.

Parker – Tell me about your role as Mary Ellen in the Hallmark series, Cedar Cove.

Elyse – Mary Ellen is the daughter of one of the main characters. She runs the local art gallery and sees herself as the resident artiste, the fashionista. She is not satisfied with small town life. She has aspirations of leaving home and making it big in the big city.

Parker – What’s the best advice you got about being involved in the entertainment industry?

Elyse – Everyone who is successful in this business never gave up. Hang in there. Having longevity is challenging when you don’t have work for six to eight months at a time. Sometimes you just have to wait it out.

Growing up in a small town allowed me to dream big. I always have known that I wanted to have an adventurous life and experience a lot of things. I don’t want to leave this world with any regrets. I’ve tried to say ‘yes’ as often as possible.

Parker – What’s coming up next for you?

Elyse – I’m producing for the first time; a short film called Fruitcake. And hopefully Season 2 of Cedar Cove.

Parker – Last words?

Elyse – My short film has an indiegogo going to raise money for it. I’d love people to visit the site and contribute if they are so inclined.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fruitcake-a-short-film

The Seven Questions
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove 1008-- (Photo by: Katie Yu/Hallmark)

Elyse Levesque as Mary Ellen in
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove
(Photo by: Katie Yu/Hallmark)

1. What’s your favorite sound?
Elyse – Thunder.

2. What makes you happy?
Elyse – Ice Cream. Chocolate chip cookie dough. Or a really well done mint chocolate chip.

3. What makes you angry?
Elyse – Rude drivers.

4. What is the secret of success?
Elyse – I don’t know. I’m still figuring it out, but I think it is commitment. Doing the same thing over and over until you get it right.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?
Elyse – Queen Elizabeth The First.

6. What is the epitaph that is written on your tombstone?
Elyse – “She was a badass chick who lived with no regrets.”

7. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?
Elyse – “You made it!”

visit Elyse online at http://www.elyselevesqueofficial.com/