It’s a massive historical epic, shot under extreme conditions, and it’s lighting up the Oscar rumour mill.
The Revenant will be big. But for Prince George’s Grace Dove, it’s been even bigger.
She landed a dream role playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and working with Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.
“Oh gosh, I guess I had just the stars aligning,” Dove told Drex of the big break.
It’s her first big screen role, but working with the top names in Hollywood and jet setting between Alberta and Argentina to film in the snow doesn’t seem to have fazed her.
“I don’t necessarily think intimidating is necessarily the word. Their work is something I admire so much. I just had to drop into the work and what it’s about – and it’s not about who we are as every day people, it’s who we are in the world of the film.”
Road to the silver screen
The First Nations actor lives in Vancouver now, but got her first big break as an 11 year old, hosting a kids program called Splatterday on Prince George’s CKPG after begging her parents to take her to audition.
She put a stint in here at CKNW too, on the station’s prize team.
Dove, who describes herself as a photographer, actor, and radio performer says at one point she was working four jobs, including waiting tables in Vancouver.
“I auditioned for years with no success – and [my agent] just kept telling me you got it, just stick in there – he was behind me and we’re going for it.”
Her message to anyone else on the same path? Stick with it for the love of the craft.
“Whether this happened or not, I had to make the choice to be an actor, to be an artist. Because that’s enough – you know to say yes, to commit to work, and feel like I’m chasing my dreams without expectations.”
Dove’s film career may be about to take off — and she says she’s currently working on a callback but, naturally, can’t discuss it yet.
But she says her real love at the moment is the TV show she’s a part of with APTN, Underexposed, which follows a team of aspiring extreme sports photographer.
She’s currently on her third season as a photographer and host, and says she pours her soul into it.
“I come home, unpack, repack, and hit the road. We shred. We surf. We go out and just do really fun things and take photos.”