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Interview with Luvia Petersen

Luvia Petersen was raised in Montreal, Quebec, until the age of 6 when her family relocated to Alberta. In the late 1990s, her family moved to BC which is where she lives today. Luvia’s acting training began when she attended a two-week program at Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts followed by their six months full-time Dramatic Arts Program. Along with her acting career, Luvia also owns and manages a tattoo studio in Vancouver called Liquid Amber Tattoo. The studio is located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown area.

1. When did you know you wanted to become involved in the entertainment industry?

 I knew I wanted to be an actress after my information session at an acting school. I was 25 years old at the time, and looking for what I wanted to do with my life. As for wanting to be in the industry itself, that didn’t happen until much later. I was told there was a ‘film community’ in Vancouver but I didn’t really know what that meant.  When I started participating in the indie film scene, I was quickly taken in by the community.  I now understand the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will support your projects and invite you to be a part of their projects. It turns out, film is a team sport!

2. You portray Ida Clanton in the film “Last Stand to Nowhere”. Can you talk more about the film and what drew you to your role?

They originally had someone else attached to the role.  That fell through and my name was brought up by one of the Producers who I had worked with before.  I had a coffee meeting with the Director, Michelle, and we got along fabulously. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a part of whatever she was cooking!

3. If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?

Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, and Jodi Foster!

4. What is one film/ show that made you fall in love with acting?

I don’t think it was one movie or show that made me fall in love with acting.  I knew I was in love with acting when I realized that I was pursuing something that had no guarantees.  I could put in years of work, and there was a chance I would never get a break. When I came to terms with that possibility and still wanted to act, I realized it must be love.

5. What kind of roles do you prefer when you are looking at a potential character to
portray?

I haven’t come across a role I didn’t like. I guess I’ve been lucky that way. All roles come with a certain challenge to them. In fact, they all teach me something different about myself and I enjoy that process.

6. What is the best vs, worst thing about being an artist?

The best thing about being an artist for me is the introspective work I get to do on myself. Each role requires me to reveal a different part of myself and so I do a lot of digging into my own idiosyncrasies. I’m constantly taking myself apart to see how I work, like an old watch. The worst part about being an artist is feeling like I’m not in control of my own career. It’s waiting for someone else to say okay, we will work with you.  That is partly why I wanted to start Directing. I didn’t want to wait for someone to say I could join their project, I wanted to spearhead my own.

7. What are some projects you would love to work on?

 I would love to work on a fantasy project that takes place in a faraway destination like Ireland or New Zealand. So basically, the next Game Of Thrones project.

8. Is there anything you can disclose about your upcoming projects?

 I have a recurring role on a popular TV show, but I can’t talk about it yet 🙂 They make you sign an NDA so as not to spoil any plot points.  As for Directing, I just finished my second short film called hAPPiness.  It was funded by Bell Media so you can expect to see it on Crave in 2021. Until then, it will be doing the film festival circuit so keep an eye out at your local festivals!

9. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring actors?

Acting can feel like a bad relationship sometimes. When it’s good you feel amazing!  When it ignores you and rejects you it feels like you may never recover. At the end of the day, let your love for contributing to beautiful storytelling feed you and invite all the other stuff you can’t control to just roll off your back.

10. What is your best memory from Last Stand to Nowhere?

I loved the poker game scene. Michelle was encouraging us to improvise and so we ended up taking the scene to an emotional edge. Some of that footage didn’t make it into the movie but informed the rest of the shoot. I love that kind of collaborative experience with a Director. It feels like you are discovering the story moment to moment, like a cave explorer with a flashlight.

11. What do you hope to achieve through your art?

I want to contribute to the conversation about humanity through storytelling. I hope I can work on projects both as an Actor and Director that reflect the world we live in and the world we WANT to live in.

12. What do you have in mind for the future?

Direct scripted television a few times a year and maybe a movie every five years for good measure.  I also hope to continue my acting career primarily here in Vancouver.  Although I would like to work abroad a few times in my life just to see what it is like.

13. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment has been not quitting when things got hard. It’s my persistence that I am most proud of.

14. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring more awareness to in the future?

My wife’s cousin passed away from cystic fibrosis last year. It is a terrible genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs.  Through organizations like 65 Roses, I hope we can bring awareness and one day find a cure.

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