Caroline Dhavernas

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Caroline Dhavernas

Born

5/15/1978, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Female
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Biography

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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 Qubcois acting family in Montreal, Quebec. As she was sent to English-speaking elementary schools, Caroline learned…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • In 2002, she performed the song "My Love's Life a Red, Red Rose" for the movie Edge of Madness.

    • During her time away from work, Caroline enjoys making jewelry and doing home renovations.

    • After her experience with doing Wonderfalls, Caroline prefers making movies rather than committing herself to several years as a TV series regular.

    • Caroline is a fan of the 2001 movie Donnie Darko. She also loved the 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamite.

    • Her favorite song to dance to is Michael Jackson's '80s hit, "Beat It".

    • One of Caroline's greatest fears is to drive off a bridge and be in the car as it plunges into the water.

    • Caroline's father is Sébastien Dhavernas and her mother is Michèle Deslauriers. She has a sister Gabrielle, who specializes in dubbing and who shares a very similar voice timber with her.

    • Caroline is 5'4" (163 cm.) tall.

    • Caroline provided the voice-overs for her own character in the French version of Wonderfalls. She had to argue with the dubbing company in France, because they were not convinced that she had done this before. They finally let her do her own voice in French after they saw the work she had previously done.

    • Her first name is pronounced like "Carolyn" because of her French Canadian heritage. Her last name is roughly pronounced "Daverna" by English-speaking audiences but is originally pronounced as "Davernaus" (aus like in "house").

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Caroline: (on feedback from fans of "Wonderfalls") It was just great to hear any kind of feedback on the show. Especially considering the fact that I was in Montreal with a French-based community where people watched it but they didn't get every single joke. It was just nice to see the fans pick up on a joke or on a line and they would share their thoughts about that line -- It was great for me to see that.

    • Caroline: (comparing the responses to her works in Canada and US) In the US I'm auditioning all the time. In Canada, I started getting direct offers on a regular basis, which is amazing. I feel privileged to actually be able to be offered these parts. I still audition once in a while up here in Canada, but people are starting to know my work.

    • Caroline: (on acting as a profession) I remember when I did my first film, that's when I fell in love with this job and knew I wanted to do this for a long time, and I've never really stopped. I've been really lucky, I mean I've worked hard, but a lot of actors when they start off young have a difficult time going from the child actor to the adult actor. It happened naturally for me.

    • Caroline: (on learning English) You become kind of a sponge. At least that's what I do. I look at people, and hear the accents and the cultural differences.

    • Caroline: (on playing Jaye Tyler in "Wonderfalls") I remember when I was shooting, not so much now because it's been such a long time, but I just felt stronger, as a person. Like if something happened on the street, if someone attacked me for some reason, I felt like I would have reacted in a much stronger way, instead of a victim way - just fighting back and not being scared. Because that's what I was doing every day for seven months. Talking back and being quite aggressive about stuff and not giving a care in the world about anyone.

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