“December 23”: big fan of Christmas, Stéphane Rousseau could not say no

Stéphane Rousseau isn’t exaggerating when he says he loves the holiday season. The actor and humorist, who can be seen these days in the romantic comedy December 23even spent the whole year with his Christmas tree mounted in his living room…

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“I was about to undo it last April, but as I was playing in a Christmas movie, I changed my mind and said to myself: why not keep it all year? recounts Rousseau laughing. So I went around the calendar with the tree in the house. But I still waited until last week before starting to turn on the lights again…”

It goes without saying that Stéphane Rousseau did not have to be asked long before agreeing to play a role in December 23a Christmas choral film written by author India Desjardins (The Diary of Aurélie Laflamme) and directed by Miryam Bouchard (My own circus).

“I practically accepted on the spot, without reading the script,” he confides. When I was told about all the talented people who were already associated with the project, I said to myself that I could not refuse this proposal. I still asked them to read the script. But before I even finished it, I confirmed to them that it was a big yes for me. »

“I’ve always been a big Christmas fan and I love watching Christmas movies every year with my girlfriend,” he adds, listing some of his favorite Christmas classics like Vacations (The Holiday), Really love (Love Actually) Where The Stone family (The Family Stone). »

“But real Christmas films like that, we don’t have many in Quebec. I wish that December 23 become a Christmas staple. It’s a real “feel good movie”, an choral film that feels good. I am very proud to be part of it. »

The pleasure of playing

About a year and a half ago, Stéphane Rousseau made a return to the cinema in the film Sat (by Yan England) after taking a long break from the stage and film sets. The 56-year-old comedian and comedian then expressed a desire to work more as an actor. His wish has been granted since he has since played roles on the small and big screen.

“It’s funny sometimes when you throw something, it comes back and it comes back quickly,” he says smiling. I wanted to play more and I was heard. It’s really fun. I collapse. Right now, I’m having fun on all sides and on all sides. »

In addition to playing in December 23Stéphane Rousseau defends the character of beneficiary attendant Éric Perron in the TV series STAT. The actor says he thought long and hard before agreeing to embark on a daily newspaper which could remain on the air for several years.

“Obviously I didn’t decide that on a whim,” he admits. I had discussions with Fabienne [Larouche, la productrice], with my agent, with my darling and with myself. But I said to myself in the end that it was the kind of opportunity that does not present itself often in life and that I would be crazy to miss it. »

“Like a school”

While the pace of filming a daily soap opera can sometimes be demanding, Stéphane Rousseau describes this experience as “an extraordinary playground”.

“It’s like a school,” he says. You have so many opportunities to play out different emotions, every day of the week. You get out of there and you’re practically invincible so quickly you accumulate experience. It goes quickly, but it’s fun and I have extraordinary colleagues who welcomed me. Honestly, I have a lot of fun, so long live STAT ! »

The film December 23 is currently showing.


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