TWO UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS FROM AWARD-WINNING ACTOR SET TO BE RELEASED THIS FALL
HORROR IS COMING THIS FALL AND STARS CANADIAN ACTOR MATTHEW SAUVÉ
Award-winning actor Matthew Sauvé, originally from Toronto, Canada, is starring in two exciting projects; both are horror, but one is a web-series and the other is a short film. Forgotten Corpses: The Confinement is a mini-series about a news broadcast advising people to stay inside until further notice. Anna (played by Aleksandra Maslennikova), who is caught outside far from home, seeks shelter in the home of Grant (played by Matthew), for the time being. Anxious to get home to her ill mother, we soon discover more about what’s happening outside as well as who Grant and Anna truly are. Watch an exclusive clip of the film at the end of this article.
The second is a scary short film called Endgame about a father's cautionary tale about internet safety turning into something sinister when the lines between truth and fiction are blurred. This story is based on a Reddit NoSleep contest winner and has been featured in numerous videos on YouTube with millions of views, including on YouTuber CreepMcPasta’s Scary Tales.
He has appeared in over forty film and television productions and is best known for his lead role in the film One Night Stand, which he also executive produced.
You can see this talented actor in Simple Plan's Singing in the Rain music video, which climbed the U.S. charts on Ryan Seacrest's weekly Top 40 and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Matthew is also known for his stand-up comedy performances, having opened for all five of Tim Meadow's SNL and Mean Girls 2012 Canadian shows. Dedicated to his craft and the development of young actors, he regularly teaches kids during acting workshops in Toronto.
- Mary Swanson
NIE: Thank you for taking your time and having this interview with us. Congratulations on your two upcoming projects, Forgotten Corpses: The Confinement and Endgame. What can you tell us about these projects?
Matthew Sauvé: Thank you for taking the time to interview me; I greatly appreciate it. Forgotten Corpses: The Confinement is an eight episode mini-series with a release date of fall 2019. It is an apocalyptic dramatic thriller, and I'm super excited for the release of this project. My co-star Aleksandra Maslennikova is an absolutely outstanding actress. She made me bring some of my best work forward on-screen; simply by acting opposite of her, she raised the bar for me. The director, Jesse Mann, is someone I can't say enough kind words about. She understands the craft of acting and can bring out any actor’s A game; I'm convinced of that.
“Acting comes from a place of truth.”
- Matthew Sauvé
Endgame is a short film based on the story by [Reddit user] OvenFriend called "A Story to Scare My Son.” A father's cautionary tale about internet safety turns into something sinister when the lines between truth and fiction are blurred. My co-stars Barbara Szeman, Findlay James Davies, and Sage Burigana-Marcus are all phenomenal actors I was fortunate to have the chance to work with on this film. Directed by Magalie de Genova [and] produced by Kerry-Lee Finkle, this film has an expected release date of December 1st, 2019.
What filming both of these projects have in common is the nonstop laughter, fun, and bloopers that are inevitable to happen on set between scenes.
NIE: What originally attracted you to these projects? How did you get involved?
Matthew Sauvé: I became involved in Forgotten Corpses: The Confinement when my close friend, actor/writer/producer Jordan Gray, referred me for the role of Grant to director Jesse Mann. I auditioned for it and was shortlisted with two other actors. The same was done for the role of Anna; all six of us did a chemistry test audition the following week, and the rest is history. I booked the role of Grant, and Aleksandra the role of Anna.
For Endgame, I was handpicked for the role by producer Kerry-Lee Finkle. Her and I had worked together on a TV show in the fall of 2015, and she remembered me. I'm thankful she did; it was an amazing experience being part of this project, and I'm excited to see its journey on the film festival circuit in 2020.
NIE: What was your favorite part of a project? What have you learned specifically from each production that will help you in your continued profession?
Matthew Sauvé: My favorite part of a project is the friendships that develop as an entire cast and crew collaborate to create art. My circle of close friends isn't a big one, nor does it need to be when that circle of genuine friends only have the best intentions for me.
What I learned from both projects is that I'm part of both of them for the exact same reasons: I worked with someone on a project from my past that referred me to be part of these projects in the future.
NIE: Where did the desire to be an actor stem from?
Matthew Sauvé: My journey into acting was what I consider to be an odd one. I always had this quiet little voice inside of me, drawing me to the craft. I ignored its will [with] all of my might, but after 12 years of a policing career I didn't even want, I found the courage to make the leap of faith and haven't looked back. I left the police force in 2014, [but] my time spent there definitely wasn't in vain. It's been great for my acting.
NIE: What message are you trying to get across to the world through your work?
Matthew Sauvé: The message I want to get across to the world through my work is: no character I play is without flaws. We as human beings are all in some sort of battle, regardless [of] if it's visible to the outside world. I bring this subtext into every character I play for two reasons. One, because I'm being true to myself, and second, because I'm being true to my character. Good acting comes from a place of truth under imaginary circumstances. I want the audience to feel every emotion my character experiences on-screen.
NIE: What process and techniques do you use to get into your characters? What role(s) have been the most challenging for you?
Matthew Sauvé: I'm trained in the Meisner technique; I memorize my lines, but don't rehearse them. I believe for TV/film I need to be mindful of rehearsing because it can eventually look scripted when viewed on-screen. This is just something I know works for me and my own personal approach so the words I say have more power when I say them in the moment, in whatever way they emotionally bite me when I do. I do an extensive script analysis and character breakdown—as do many actors and actresses—but when it comes to my lines, I just simply have them memorized.
NIE: What do you personally take out of a production when you are a part of it and what impact does it have on you?
Matthew Sauvé: Every production I’m part of just reinforces that it takes a village to make a film. Director, First, Second and Third Assistant Directors, Producers, Directors of Photography, Hair and Makeup, Wardrobe, Props, Craft Services, Casting Directors, Background Performers, Lighting Department, etc. You can’t have an acting career without any of the above mentioned departments, and I was just was scratching the surface. Each production impacts me because every future project I do is usually directly related to past productions I’ve done. You build a circle of industry people you trust and know get things done—and done well.
NIE: What obstacles do you face as an actor and what do you do to overcome and achieve your goals?
Matthew Sauvé: Obstacles I face as an actor is people like to “play it safe,” so to speak, and hire people they know. I get it—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—so sometimes you don’t get opportunies for roles you know you’re perfect for. I’m not saying I’d book them; I’m just saying if I auditioned, it would be a good audition. I overcome this by knowing my worth, my skill level as an actor, and knowing whatever is for me will never go past me. I train in my craft every single day; so to quote Steve Martin, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
NIE: How do you prepare yourself before a scene? How do you overcome your nerves? And what helps you perform to the best of your ability?
Matthew Sauvé: Every scene is different, so it depends on the project and character. For example, during the filming of Forgotten Corpes: The Confinement, I chose not to eat on one particular day of filming as I wanted to affect my mood so my character, Grant, was more irritable. Normally, I don’t do these types of things, but I trusted my instincts; and as far as I’m concerned, it was the right decision for me on that particular day. After 12 years of policing, I’ve learned that people fear things that don’t put them in any physical danger; it’s not logical, but [it] is often true.
I’ve done stand-up comedy; I was very nervous before going on stage, but so what if it goes horrible for me on stage? It’s not gonna physically kill me. Dave Chappelle said when he bombed on stage at the Apollo in New York when he was 14 years old, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. He became fearless after that. I perform to the best of my ability by knowing my character and what every layer of his onion is. Preparation is key, no matter how big or small the role is.
“LIVE IN THE MOMENT! If you regret yesterday, and are anxious about tomorrow, then you never experience the only day that truly matters…TODAY!”
- Matthew Sauvé
NIE: What would you say is the biggest asset for any actor in the industry to achieve?
Matthew Sauvé: The biggest asset an actor can have in this industry is to let go of the end result. An audition is an opportunity to showcase your craft. I see actors all the time checking in with their agents about roles they’ve auditioned for, or checking to see when the project they auditioned for starts filming. They live in their heads and waste valuable energy on things they have zero control over after the audition is long done and gone. If you book the role, trust me; they will call you. Go enjoy your life in the meantime. Leave it in the room.
NIE: What are some of your secret tips that help you in this industry to keep grounded and focused?
Matthew Sauvé: I’m the father of a 15-year-old daughter named Anne. She’s my entire world. It’s impossible not to be grounded when you know what’s truly important in life. My idea of success in this industry, or as they say, “making it,” is very different from what others would consider success. I get to do what I love by being an actor. I’m happy. I have my health and my family, I’ve already “made it” based on my litmus test of success.
NIE: Who inspires you to be a better actor? And who is a goal to work with?
Matthew Sauvé: I aspire to be a better actor. There isn’t a particular person or Hollywood actor that I want to emulate. Some actors and actresses I admire and would love to work with someday are Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Rachel McAdams...I could keep going, but let’s just say the list is endless.
NIE: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to pursue a career in the field?
Matthew Sauvé: This question I love because it’s the reason I teach kids acting workshops on weekends. My advice is pursue acting if it’s truly your calling; don’t do it unless it’s what you want. Acting chooses you, not the other way around; so if that’s not why you’re doing it, you will never be truly happy. I don’t care if you become the biggest movie star in the world; if you weren’t called to acting because of a quiet voice inside of your heart, you will never feel fulfilled in this industry.
NIE: What are the most impactful words of wisdom someone told you and who was it?
Matthew Sauvé: The most impactful words of wisdom anyone has ever told me was from Hollywood director Derek Cianfrance. He said acting comes from a place of truth, and that I was brave, open, and vulnerable in my audition with him and possess[ed] all the qualities a great actor needs to have.
NIE: What are three things you would say to your younger self that you know now?
Matthew Sauvé: First, I would say: stop sweating the small stuff, it’s a complete waste of energy. Second would be: stop worrying about things that you have no control over; it’s literally pointless. Last but not least, thirdly, I would say: LIVE IN THE MOMENT! If you regret yesterday, and are anxious about tomorrow then you never experience the only day that truly matters...TODAY!
NIE: What can we look for next from you?
Matthew Sauvé: Next for me is the West Europe International Film Festival this coming August 2019 in Brussels. I’m nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Short Film, and I’m extra excited that my daughter Anne will be joining me for this film festival. This is going to be a trip her and I will remember for the rest of our lives; she’s super excited.
NIE: Thank you for having this interview with us. Before we let you go, though, is there anyone you would like to thank?
Matthew Sauvé: I would like to thank my daughter Anne and her mother Rowena for giving me the courage to follow my dreams. My entire film festival family. My close friends Saverina, Tabatha, Celestine, Voitek, Trish, Larissa, Lakshmi, Matt, Réza, Dan, Steve, Darren, Mark, Jordan, and every kid I’ve had the honor of teaching over the past four years. I’m a better person and a better actor for having taught each and every one of them.