Robert D’Entremont makes rare secrets about his relationship with Dany Turcotte


With his Akkadian accent and profile as a model, Robert D’Entremont is creating a place for himself in the profession, slowly but surely. Actor from a small village in Nova Scotia, Xavier’s translator in Blue House addresses the issue of its exit, at the age of 20, which allowed him to live his life openly.

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Robert, tell us about this character you play Blue House.
Xavier is a young Akkadian who is meeting the president’s daughter. He is part of the FLA, Front de Liberation de l’Acadie. It is a nap for FLQ. The fact that my character goes out with the President’s daughter and has dubious activities creates conflicts … I took the part and four days later I had 10 scenes to shoot. It was really intense! It was a shocking experience! Being an academic, I proposed some changes to the texts so that my answers would be more understandable.

When did you realize you were going to become an actor?
I started dealing with very young theater. When I was five, I played in Cinderella. When I was 11, I played Shakespeare. Then, at the age of 16, I had my first role in a play: I played Dom Zhuan. It was intense! I was stumbling! My theater teacher suggested to me that if I was so passionate about it, I could make a career out of it. I told myself that I did not have enough experience to go to study in New York, Toronto or even the National Theater School. So I auditioned to study theater at Concordia.

Did your parents support you in your approach?
My parents had a good reaction. Mom wanted me to go to college, period. Two hundred people had auditioned for the drama program, and I was one of 18 accepted. I have a university degree, so my parents were happy. After graduation, I went to study at a conservatory in New York. I took the opportunity to see a theater. My parents expected it to start right away, but it took a long time. When I signed up with my agency in 2014, I got small roles here and there. Everyone was proud, but now I feel how proud my family is. Today, I feel like I have one foot in the door. But it is a super hard job, there is a lot of competition!

Your Akkadian accent sets you apart. In your opinion, is this an advantage or a disadvantage?
Dy. It depends on the project, on what we are looking for. There is more diversity, but we must also say that it does not matter if the actor has emphasis. Work is a roller coaster! Previously, whenever I had a rejection, I took it personally. I now know that it is not a rejection, it is a matter of choice.

What gets you out of business?
I like to go see theater, watch movies, listen to music, write. I like to spend time with my friends. I like to drink wine, eat good things. In Quebec, we have so many wine choices! There is a beautiful culture here in this regard.


Photo: Karine Levesque

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You come from the east of the country, we are not mistaken …
Yes, from a small Akkadian village in Nova Scotia, the first Akkadian village to ever speak French. We are 2000 people in our village.

Did you feel different in this small village of 2000 inhabitants?
The country I come from has evolved a lot, but over time, it is something I have struggled with … The fact that I am gay made me want to be in a big city to live my life openly. Montreal is one of the most open cities in the world. I saw that it was a village, with people like me. I hid this for a long time and it was a big shock when I came out. Nobody knew, I spent a lot of time and energy hiding it. I’m not ashamed of it, but it was a survival instinct. That said, even if I were to go back in time, I do not think I would change that. I had good friends. Sometimes people say, “Get out!” But you have to be careful, you have to be ready to do it and get people’s reaction. Honestly, I do not know if I would have a good reaction if I had come out at 16 … I think I have chosen my moment. I did it when I was 20 years old. It is still an important step in my life and it has given me shape. Often, we tell ourselves that we want to be ourselves and live life for ourselves, but it is not so easy … Sometimes, others send us signals that we will not like it.

Exactly how did your loved ones react to the news?
My family has been super cute. Of course there were different shocks and reactions, but they were all fabulous. I think my exit may have had a domino effect on my village.

Do you have brothers or sisters?
I have an older brother. He leads a more typical life: a wife, two children. I love my brother, but we are very different. He is a scientist, I am an artist. I’m more crazy than him! He played in a show when I was 11 years old. Every night I was in the front row, I was proud of my brother! I think then I really wanted to do this job.

We know from last summer that you are Dany Turcotte’s husband. Have you been together for a while?
We have been together for four years. We did not make an official announcement: we knew that if we did something public, people would write about us. My boyfriend told me it was not necessary to do it and I appreciated this little secret between us.

But there is no secret, now …
Yes, and that’s okay, he’s a good person to connect with. People are cold. I rarely get homophobic messages. He gets a ton! It’s sad. He is very famous and has been on a show where we talked about topics that concern the world … They attack him for his orientation. After a show, it’s uncomfortable to receive 100 homophobic messages. Since I saw my boyfriend go through this, I hope to have a perspective, a perspective. I hope it does not bother me too much … I realized that people who love us do not find time to write to us, but those who hate us always take the time to do so. When he left Everyone talks about itmy boyfriend had more than 100,000 like and messages … It was very positive. He lived both extremes. Finally, do not take everything personally …

Blue HouseMonday at 7:30 p.m., on Radio Canada.
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