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Interview with Maxim Roy

Maxim is a multi-award nominated actress who has most recently starred in the English version of the mold-breaking police drama 19-2, leading to a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her role. She has garnered four Lead Actress Gemini nominations for the hugely popular series O’. In addition to shooting the third season of 19-2 in 2015, she became Jocelyn Fray on the highly anticipated ABC Family series Shadowhunters based on The Mortal Instruments novels. Maxim has over 100 film and television credits to her name, Regenesis, Heartland, Defying Gravity just to name a few. In 2009, Maxim was nominated for a Jutra (Quebec Oscars) for best-supporting actress in the indie-film, Adam’s Wall. Aside from her passion for acting, Maxim is an activist who actively devotes herself to several organizations such as Greenpeace and is the spokesperson for ANEB (a non-profit organization to help those affected by eating disorders) and Ecosphere(environmental event with more than 190 exhibitors and 40 conferences)

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Maxim Roy and I am a Canadian actress. You can see me in shows like “Shadowhunters”, “Bad Blood”, “19-2” and so on.

2. How did you become involved in the entertainment industry?

I knew that I wanted to become an actress ever since I was five years old. My three older brothers are actors and they were trained at The National Theatre School of Canada and The Conservatory of Canada. When I saw them on stage, I thought to myself “That’s exactly what I want to do!”. Even though I was very young, I decided that that is what I wanted. I did some theater when I was younger and then I got a lead in a big series and then everything just fell into place.

3. Of the roles that you played, who was your favorite to portray and why?

I think it might be the one that I am portraying now in “October Faction” because it is something I’ve never done before. I feel that every time I start a new project, I fall in love with the character that I am playing and always say that certain character was my favorite to portray but I feel like Alice in “October Faction” is different. She is very mysterious and you don’t really understand her motivations at first because there are so many layers to unravel with her.

4. What do you love most about your job as an artist?

As an actress, the thing that I love the most is the opportunity to get to be someone else and get to tell that character’s story. I have found my life to be boring at times and the characters that I play are definitely way more interesting than me. I love that I get to be somebody else for a certain period of time.

5. If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing?

Honestly, I wanted to be a lawyer at one point. My dad wanted me to go to law school because he wanted me to have something to fall back on in case acting didn’t pan out but I convinced him to let me pursue acting. But law school still interests me. I still think I should go to law school and get my degree, not to practice, just to have it.

6. Can you disclose anything about your upcoming project, October Faction?

October Faction is based on a book just like “Shadowhunters” was but it is way darker than “Shadowhunters”. It is not sci-fi, it is supernatural and I play a warlock. The style in which it was made is very realistic, it’s not over the top but it has some violent elements to it. I cannot wait for it to come out and hear about the reactions of people and their thoughts on it.

7. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

I think my biggest accomplishment was to cross over from French Canada to the U.S., in English and to able to portray non-French-speaking characters. For me, getting to play people who speak English is a huge accomplishment. Coming from a small town where a lot of people didn’t think I would do anything, every time I walk on set the realization that this is what I do for a living hits me.

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

I don’t think that I have special criteria by which I choose potential characters to portray, but I do try do different types of projects with different types of characters. I turned down something this summer and it was a cop. It was a great show that had a lot of viewers and it was very interesting but it would have been my fifth cop in a row and I wanted to take a break from that. I like to experience different things, even if it’s a smaller part, I don’t mind because I get to try something else. So, I guess I look for diversity.

9. Do you have a secret talent?

I was recently watching an interview with an actor where he was asked this question and all I could think was that I don’t have a secret talent. I was trying really hard to think of something. I think I can make a good bouquet of flowers. When I was younger, I used to gather as many flowers as I could from the farm and make bouquets of flowers for my mom so it was something that I have always liked to do which is really random.

10. Who are some artists that inspire you and why?

Michael Moore, a writer, and a documentary maker inspires me a lot. Journalists, in general, inspire me a lot, especially nowadays. I think that they are very smart and have a curious mind. I could also talk about an endless list of actors, directors, and artist that I admire but I will say that any person who is brave enough pursue their dreams and follow their hearts is a source of admiration and inspiration to me.

11. Do you have any advice to aspiring actors who want to get started in the industry?

Be sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Be sure that you are doing it because you want to act, not because you want to have a million followers on Instagram or becoming popular. That shouldn’t be a reason to want to become an actor. I see accounts on Instagram that say “Public Figure” I ask myself “What do you do for a living?”. If you want to act, act and that is truly what you want, you don’t need any advice because you will succeed. You will find a way on your own.

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

There are a lot of things: bullying, racism, human trafficking and so on. I thought that these things were dealt with because mainly, they should have been long gone but there are all resurfacing. There are so many people that are suffering right now in the world, even in America, in the States. There are so many people suffering from injustice of so many different forms and I want to get as involved in trying to fight these problems as I can.

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

The thing about this job is that you never know what’s ahead. When I was younger, I was always very excited about the unknown so if I did a season of a TV Show I was not afraid what would happen after we wrapped. But, as you get older, you like the stability of knowing that you might be on a show for a couple of years. I would want more stability but who knows. I try to keep myself open and trust that the universe will send me the right thing.

14. Who are some actors that you would love to work with on a project?

Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Emma Watson, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo and so many more. They are all so talented and so captivating to watch portray their characters.

15. Do you have anything to say to the people that support you?

It’s always amazing when somebody comes up to you, or they send you a sweet message and tell you how much they appreciate their work, especially in person. When I was eight years old, I asked somebody for an autograph and that person turned me down and I never forgot it so I promised myself that, if I ever become somewhat famous, I will never turn down somebody who is nice. I just want to say thank you!

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