‘Supernatural’ fans will know her as Beth Willis from the upcoming episode “The Things They Carried,” yet actress Helena Marie has a very nice filmography. Known for her work on ‘Crazy Love,’ ‘Deviant,’ and ‘La Valise,’ Marie is a talented actress who does commercial and animation voice work, producer, writer, and is a passionate animal lover. Along with ‘Supernatural’ she has a TV movie called ‘First Response’ and a short film ‘The Late Thaw’ coming out.
Q. What can you share with ‘Supernatural’ fans about your experience on the set?
A. Working on ‘Supernatural,’ a show that’s been going strong for a decade, was a dream and unlike any other set I’ve been on since it’s a show that has their formula down pat and everyone just knows exactly what they’re doing. I had the pleasure of working with Jared and Jensen who are just as kind and talented as you’d expect, and it’s amazing that they are so humble considering how popular they are. In our scene my character holds her baby, so during rehearsal I was given a weighted prop baby. If you’ve never held one I’ll warn you – their heads are heavy! I don’t have any kids but Jared and Jensen do and they took one look at how I was mis-handling the prop baby and concluded right away that I wasn’t a parent. It was pretty funny and we all had a good laugh. That being said, they were considerate of the emotional journey that my character was on and were complete pros. The episode was directed by the legendary John Badham who was supportive and encouraging and really helped me feel like I was part of the team. Any chance he had he’d take the time to talk to me and ask about how “Beth” was feeling. He’s so passionate about telling stories and I certainly would work with him again in a heartbeat.
Q. What can you share about your upcoming TV movie ‘First Response,’ short film ‘The Late Thaw,’ any other projects in the works?
A.’A Late Thaw’ was written and directed by Kim Barr, a passionate filmmaker with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with twice now. The story comes from a personal part of her past, so I was honored that she chose me to help tell it. The journey is about loss and how we deal or don’t deal with it – and how we sometimes stop ourselves from moving forward with our lives until we truly acknowledge our pain. It was a new experience for me, telling a story that was based on someone’s real life – so I really wanted to do it justice. It’s a beautiful film; I cannot wait for it to go on the festival circuit!
‘First Response’ was so much fun! I’m a huge fan of Dania Ramirez’ work and so it was great to work and hang out with her. She is funny, talented, and oh so beautiful. She does so much and had twins who were 9 months old at the time! Speaking of children, it was actually my first time working with a toddler (or any child, for that matter), so it was interesting to balance what was going on in the scenes while having a child in my arms who sometimes didn’t want to do what we were doing! Thankfully I’m fluent in French, as my “little boy” was Francophone and it would have been tough on him (and me) if we weren’t able to communicate properly. My husband in the movie is played by the talented Kristopher Turner, who plays Gerry, partner to Dania’s Camilla. There was a great camaraderie on set and everyone had a blast. It was also a great feeling to work on an ‘Incendo’ film. Director Philippe Gagnon was great to work with and a little extra nugget for me was that he had just directed my fiancé, actor Jason Deline, in another film called “Trigger Point”. I love having more shared credits with my future husband!
I’m also a producer and writer! In 2013 I shot my first short entitled ‘Crazy Love’ – and just this past month we went to our first film festival where we won 4 awards for: Best Technical, Best Writing, Best Film, and Best Performance for my portrayal of a woman suffering at the hands of her abusive boyfriend (played by my fiancé). I loved the entire experience and definitely love the challenge of being completely involved in every step of the process of filmmaking. I’m going to keep writing and producing as much as I can move forward.
Q. What do you like about voice acting?
A. Exactly what you’d expect to like: that you can do it in your underwear! Haha! The best part is actually being able to truly hear yourself and make adjustments right away. I think there’s a misconception about voice work being easy. It’s not. At least, if you’re doing it right it shouldn’t be. It can definitely be a lot of fun but it is a very precise art and you have to put your whole body and soul into it for it to really pay off.
Q. Your Twitter profile states that you’re an animal lover and more. Tell us about the “and more.” Also, do you have any hidden talents?
A. I put the words “and more” because really, how can you describe yourself in a few words? Humans are so complicated! I love animals and follow a vegan diet 95% of the time. But I’m also addicted to ketchup chips – so I wouldn’t say I’m a health nut. I love people who are honest with their emotions and able to talk things out. I also like people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Because, really, who knows what the heck this world is all about? I certainly don’t. It’s very important to me to laugh and it makes my day complete. I try to make people laugh – usually with awkward and inappropriate comments, ‘cause that’s where my mind goes. I have heard the sentence “You’re nuts” directed at me far too many times to count – and I love it.
As far as talents go, I sing – although I’m usually so nervous and so I am not a fan of karaoke! I did sing for a Montreal Canadians tribute song a few years back with my buddy Annakin Slayd called “MTL Stand Up” and my friends still tease me about my lack of actual dance moves to accompany my signing and appearance in the video. I love to dance, and trained as a child – but now that I’m an adult it seems I’m not great at dancing without choreography. But I do try! And that certainly keeps my friends laughing… at me. I grew up watching Late Night with David Letterman and managed to learn one of the “stupid human tricks” of doing the tongue wave. And I love making crazy character faces a la Jim Carey and hope that one day I get to put my face muscles to use for a good cause – like laughter!