Simon Boulérice | Sexcapades and love with notice

Simon Boulerice loves to dance. For anyone who knows his work, this is obvious. After all, hasn’t he already written himself a solo show called Simon always liked to dance ? As we said, Simon Boulerice is fond of dancing … except for tango. “It is very tempting, the tension is unbearable! calls the author, actor, poet and director. I prefer rocking, it is more relaxed! »

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Marc-Andre Lemieux

Marc-Andre Lemieux

If anyone is surprised to hear Simon Boulerice suddenly discuss the dance, it’s not (just) because he speaks faster than his shadow and has just taken control of the interview. This is because he explains why he is already engulfed by the hurricane of dating apps, which usually require little effort to enchant the other person involved in the virtual exchange.

“Seduction has never been my strength. I have never been good at it. And this is not something that really interests me. »

This period spent on Tinder, Grindr and the company inspired Simon Boulerice to publish, in 2016, geolocate love, a novel of poetry which, six years later, takes the form of a series that will land this week on ICI Extra. Consisting of 10 episodes of about ten minutes each, this adult autofiction, directed by Nicolas Legendre-Duplessis, depicts the sex-sometimes – ridiculous, sad, frustrating and difficult – sex protagonists of an identical origin to his own. . Despite everything, Simon Boulerice, who embodies the hero on screen, refuses to talk about an autobiographical series.

There are elements that are true [dans Géolocaliser l’amour], but most have been invented or borrowed. It is a collection of lived facts and observations.

Simon Boulérice

Has it ever been done ghost ? Has he ever “returned” five seconds after arriving at his “match”? Did he ever hit the janitor at an elementary school right after he gave a lecture there? If he does not want to separate truth from falsehood, Simon Boulerice is certainly amused by blurring the line between reality and fiction in geolocate love. It’s also his real best friend, Jocelyn Lebeau, who portrays his best friend on screen. The archival footage used in each of the episodes is all authentic, as is their transition to Everyone talks about it in 2013.

“There is a scene where Simon gives a fellatio boy when he is asleep. I find it very funny as a situation! But I will not say if it was me who experienced this! »

a rape

geolocate love combining comedy and drama. In the fourth episode, the series takes a disturbing turn by presenting a rape scene, when Simon’s search leads him to Marc-Antoine, a narcissist with little care for others.

Simon Boulerice wanted to include this sequence in the TV adaptation.

I thought it was important to show a scene of homosexual rape. Because it is rare that we see it. But it exists.

Simon Boulérice

The shooting of the extract with meticulous choreography went well, says the talkative artist. However, once the scene was created, Radio Canada executives considered it very clear. They demanded that she undergo some modifications, to cover the frontal nudity of actor Gabriel Lemire, who plays the role of aggressor.

“It was very raw,” Simon knows. We can say that we have added mystery to postproduction. »


Marc-Antoine (Gabriel Lemire) and Simon (Simon Boulerice) in geolocate love

Like a sad song

The review of this darker period, full of disappointments in love of all kinds, did not please the interested director. In opposite. Listening to him speak, the experience was even more enjoyable.

“I liked it for the same reasons that I like to listen to sad songs. Songs that make you cry, drain. It’s not something that pulls me down. »

I have a lot of tenderness for who I was, for my crooked side. I felt lonely, yet I was surrounded by friends. There was a form of confusion in me. I was very obsessed with love, I was hoping a lot for the fairy tale… When I remember this period, I would like to hug myself and say: “It will be fine, my little boy”. Like a big brother.

Simon Boulérice

Simon Boulerice does not want to penalize applications for meetings with geolocate love. After all, it was in one of them that he met his boyfriend of the last five years.

“It’s a summary: there are wonderful people as much as there are unpleasant people. There I met some very playful encounters, even when it did not lead to anything. »

Desire to play

Although he has a DEC in performance from Lionel-Groulx College, Simon Boulerice is best known as an author to the general public. In recent years, however, his acting career has taken on more space. He especially wrote himself a role in six degreesa role he expands from season to season.

Unlike Xavier Dolan, who basically wrote I killed my mother to afford the opportunity to play, jack-of-all-trades does not take it into account geolocate love as a business card that can persuade directors to retain his services as an actor.

“If I had been younger, maybe. But I just turned 40 years old. I am detached from all. When I left theater school, I really wanted to act. But things were not happening. So I wrote a lot. I had a small theatrical association with Sarah Berthiaume. I was doing drama. We won awards. Then I started writing novels. It was going great. It allowed me to earn a living. »


Simon Boulérice

The employee has given himself a small role – that of librarian – in pets, his next series is expected in Noovo next fall. Filmed for a few days, the drama directed by Marie-Claude Blouin and Félix Tétreault will depict an illicit love affair between a 37-year-old French teacher, protected by Evelyne Brochu, and her 17-year-old student, at camp by Lévi Doré. .

The script undoubtedly recalls the case of Mary Kay Letourneau, this teacher and mother, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in the United States for having sex with Vili Fualaau, her then 12-year-old student.

“I wanted to describe a clearly punishable area, but more ambiguous,” the screenwriter specified. I thought it was interesting to tell a student who was traveling with his teacher, going towards her. »

Broken image?

with geolocate love AND petsSimon Boulerice is definitely leaving Simon Boulerice, who has written about twenty children’s novels and participated in the writing of the revival of The key in Tele-Quebec. Aware of the cleavage, the main stakeholder does not seem to be offended.

It’s not an image I’re trying to destroy. Because it’s me, both of you. I am multiple, like everyone else. I have a colorful side, but I also have a more dramatic side.

Simon Boulérice

“When the trailer for geolocate love turned out, the comments were mostly positive, but there was still a lady writing to me: “I prefer you when you smile.” It’s safe to say Hello! or that in Télé-Québec with Marc Labrèche, you smile a lot. When the camera turns on, I turn on completely. But I am also able to turn it off completely. Michel Tremblay once said to my boyfriend: “It should not be easy to live with Simon. My boyfriend replied that on the contrary, it is also a bit flat. And this is true! On a daily basis, when I write, I’m really focused and silent. »

geolocate love lands on ICI Extra on Thursday. Simon Boulerice continues to participate in Hello! on TV HERE. He will also work on Sweet and saltyagain on May 23 on TVA.

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