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24 November 1983 |
Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
|Years active||1999 – present|
Karine Vanasse (born 24 November 1983) is a French Canadian actress. She played the role of Colette Valois in the ABC TV series Pan Am. Vanasse is the daughter of council worker Conrad Vanasse and Renée Gamache, who was her manager at the beginning of her career.
Life and career 
Vanasse was born in Drummondville, Quebec. At the age of nine, Vanasse expressed her desire to sing or to act. Vanasse fulfilled that wish when she appeared in Québec's teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a "lip sync" competition. It was then, with the help of her mother, that she began to audition for, and take part in, TV commercials, and to play minor and supporting roles in French Canadian TV movies.
In 1998, what is now known as the Motion International production company asked Vanasse to co-host the once-popular Québec-based children's science show, Les Débrouillards, in an attempt to re-brand its "comeback" with a new, friendlier image. Producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her there, and offered Vanasse her first big break in the role of Hanna in Emporte-moi (1999), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. The film was presented at forty festivals, and shown in twenty countries. Her performance was highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally and earned her the title of best actress at the Jutra Award Gala, in Québec.
Vanasse played Lucie (Zac's (Benoit Langlais) love interest) in the controversial Québec TV series Deux Frères (1999). Her character, Lucie, became much more prominent and realistic in 2000–2001, and the debate stirred by the violent realism led her to become, together with Langlais, a spokesperson for the government-funded TV program Parler, c'est grandir, a broadcast aimed at youngsters from unstable backgrounds.
Even as her teen roles began to stick, she ran the risk of becoming typecast by accepting the main role for the feature film Du pic au coeur (2001), a trendy production by Céline Baril on the intricacies of today's youngsters' love lives. In the spring of 2001, Vanasse applied for the ITHAKA program and took a six-month break in Greece to devote herself to travel and to academic work.
After that interlude, she broke from the role of the rebellious teenager by playing Donalda in Charles Binamé's film, Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002), with actor Roy Dupuis. She was cast as an FLQ terrorist in the 2006 miniseries October 1970 on CBC's English network. Vanasse has appeared in assorted other Canadian productions in both French and English.
Vanasse was a producer and a cast member of the 2009 film Polytechnique, which portrays the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal. She won the Genie Award for Best Actress for her performance.
As stated above, Vanasse was a cast member of the American-produced television series Pan Am.
|1999||Le souper||Short film|
|1999||2 frères||Lucie Chaput|
|1999||Set Me Free||Hanna||
|2001||Mon meilleur ennemi||Franny Anderson (Jeune)||TV series|
|2002||Games of the Heart||Alice|
|2002||Séraphin: un homme et son péché||Donalda Laloge||
|2004||Head in the Clouds||Lisette|
|2006||Un homme mort||Kim Blanchard||TV series|
|2006||Marie-Antoinette||Marie-Antoinette||TV movie of Francis Leclerc and Yves Simoneau|
|2007||Killer Wave||Sophie Marleau||Episode: "1.1"
|2007||My Daughter, My Angel||Nathalie Dagenais||Nominated – Jutra Award for Best Actress|
|2009||Emma Fire||Young Woman||Short film|
|2010||Rhonda's Party||Amy||Short film|
|2010||The Child Prodigy||Camillette Mathieu|
|2011||Trauma||Fannie Comtois||Episode: "Plaisir et douleur"|
|2011||Midnight in Paris||Chloe|
|2011||French Immersion||Julie Tremblay|
|2011||Pan Am||Colette Valois||TV series, part of lead ensemble|
|2012||Scruples||TV series, Valentine O'Neill||Pilot|
|2013||All The Wrong Reasons||Kate Ascher||Post-Production|
|2013||Buddha's Little Finger||Anna||Post-Production|
|2013||30 Vies||Maxime Bouchard||TV series, lead|
- Lupick, Travis (2009-03-16). "Polytechnique an intense journey for Karine Vanasse". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- Wilner, Norman (2009-03-17). "Q&A: Karine Vanasse / Actor, Polytechnique". NOW. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "Polytechnique sweeps Genie Awards". Toronto Star, 12 April 2010.
- "South Park to air in French this fall". CBC News. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15.