I met Caroline Dhavernas on Tuesday afternoon to talk about this fabulous (and fabulously wacked) new Quebecois science-fiction movie Mars & Avril, which opens Oct. 12. I’ll have more on the debut feature from Martin Villeneuve in the paper on Saturday. But before we got to talking about Mars & Avril, Dhavernas was telling me about her new American TV series.
The fine Montreal actress stars in Hannibal, an NBC drama, which is currently shooting in Toronto. She’s been on the job for about a month and the ten-episodes should be wrapped by mid-February. Dhavernas plays a psychiatrist, Dr. Alana Stewart(??), who used to be a student of gourmand serial killer Hannibal Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Hungry murderer Lecter is working with the FBI. Her superior at the FBI is played by Laurence Fishburne. And Hugh Dancy plays an FBI profiler.
Hannibal is based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, which focused on Lecter before he became the main bad guy in the novel (and movie) Silence of the Lambs. The TV series is written by Bryan Fuller, who was one of the two writers on Wonderfalls, the totally-inspired Fox series that first introduced Dhavernas to American audiences. Fuller also created Pushing Daisies.
Dhavernas and I were marveling about how there is still talk about Wonderfalls 10 years after it aired, with Dhavernas underlining that Fox only aired four episodes of the quirky series before giving it the axe.
She was happy to re-connect with Fuller.
"It was a bit unreal to talk to him the first day that we were in Toronto,” said Dhavernas. "I just kept thinking – ‘Wow I can’t believe we’re working together again.’ "
She likes mixing it up between Quebec and American work.
"I think it’s the variety that makes this job exciting,” said Dhavernas. "When you have different roles, different languages, different countries, that’s when things get interesting.”
Dhavernas was last seen on American TV on the medical drama Off the Map. source