Caroline Dhavernas

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Dr. Alana Bloom on Hannibal


5/15/1978, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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  • Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas, best known to American audiences as Jaye Tyler, the gift shop clerk who hears inanimate objects talk, on the short-lived but critically-acclaimed series Wonderfalls, was born into a Québécois acting family in Montreal, Quebec. As she was sent to English-speaking elementary schools, Caroline learned English at an early age. When she was eight years old, her father introduced her to the world of show business via projects involving dubbing work even though Caroline didn't really love doing it. At 12, she was already auditioning for film and television appearances. This was when Dhavernas felt that acting was what she really wanted. In 1990, she made her professional acting debut in the film Comme un Voleur. The following year, she appeared on her first television series as Abeille on the daytime soap Marilyn. Throughout the '90s, Dhavernas has starred in several Canadian television productions such as Zap (1993), Jasmine, Urgence (1996), Lobby (1997), and Le Pollock (1999). In 2000, Caroline landed the role which made her a household name among French Canadian audiences when she was cast as Stephanie on the highly-successful series Tag I and Tag II. Her performance on the show earned her a Gémeaux award (Quebec TV awards) nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role. On the big screen, Caroline portrayed Canadian long-distance swimmer Marilyn Bell in the TV movie Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (1999). Her other notable films include Lost and Delirious (2001), Out Cold (2001), and Edge of Madness (2002). Beginning 2001, she has been dividing her time auditioning in both Canada and New York, where she was introduced to her agent through actress Patricia Clarkson. This started her acting career in the US with her role as Jaye Tyler, a sales clerk at Wonder Falls Gift Emporium, on Wonderfalls, as the one character television audiences fondly remember her by. Since the untimely cancellation of the show in 2004, Dhavernas has starred in various film projects such as the dramas These Girls (2005) and Niagara Motel (2006), the crime thrillers Hollywoodland (2006) and Breach (2007), and the war drama Passchendaele (2008).moreless



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    Montréal, Québec, Canada

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    • Caroline: (on allowing her child to enter show business) I would never stop them because I know how much I wanted it. I remember my parents had a talk with me when I was 13 and I got a role in a soap that aired every night. I was just starting high school at the time and my parents said to me this was going to be a lot of work and maybe I should think twice about this and concentrate more on my studies. I told them if they tried to stop me from doing it I would run away from home.

    • Caroline: When I work in English, there is some kind of distance between me and the words, and that's very comfortable to work with. It's a difficult thing to explain. I like it. And when I go back to working in French, it always takes me a few moments to adjust. It's like I don't have any control over the words for some reason. I've heard Antonio Banderas talk about this on television once, so I know I'm not crazy, and I know I'm not the only one.

    • Caroline: When I come to New York, it's as if I've arrived in another neighbourhood in Montreal.

    • Caroline: (on the cancellation of her show "Wonderfalls"; in a 2005 interview) It's heartbreaking but we're trying to get over it. As disappointed as we were, I think that somehow you have to find a way to think that it happened for a reason.

    • Caroline: (on her views about the Niagara Falls) It has this reputation as being this love city where everyone goes to get married, but when you get there, it's very corny and tacky. The Falls are beautiful, but other than that, the main tourist area is filled with Burger Kings and giant Frankenstein papier mache sculptures and Ripley's Believe It or Not museums. It's really funny that people would choose that as their romantic destination.

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    • She has a home in Montreal, Canada and keeps an apartment in East Village, New York.

    • In the 2007 Genie Awards, she was nominated in the categories Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Niagara Motel and Best Achievement in Music - Original Song for La belle bête. The latter nomination was shared with Patrick Watson.

    • In preparation for her role as Marilyn Bell, the first woman to cross Lake Ontario in 1954, in Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story, Caroline underwent two months of swim training at the Pointe-Claire Swim Club.

    • Film and TV Movie Credits: • De père en flic (2009) as Geneviève • Cry of the Owl (2009) as Nickie Grace • Passchendaele (2008) as Sarah Mann • Surviving My Mother (2007) as Bianca • Breach (2007) as Juliana O'Neill • La belle bête (2006) as Isabelle-Marie • Comme tout le monde (2006) as Claire • Nez rouge (2003) as Nathalie Lachance • The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp (2003) as Passion Hockmeister • Les moutons de Jacob (2002) as Caroline • Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (2001) as Marilyn Bell • L'oreille de Joé (1996) • Cap Tourmente (1993) as Valerie Huot

    • Whenever she goes on trips, Caroline always brings with her a small Brookstone pillow, a few cosmetics, and scripts to read.

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