Your new movie Montréal
Girls - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
Girls is about what happens to someone who comes to Montreal searching
for themselves, discovering the underbelly of this beautiful inspiringly
free city and all the beautiful women (people) who come with it. Finding
the balance between living in the nightlife while making something of
yourself. I play Tamer, a very talented but chaotic dreamer who knows he
hasn’t achieved his full potential yet, feels he was born in the wrong
era and that somehow he has to find his way out. He’s excited to
introduce his cousin to the nightlife that he has found himself in.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Jade Hassouné can we find in Tamer?
can find a lot of Jade in Tamer ahah! It was actually one of my favorite
roles to play ever. The process of knowing about / getting cast in the
role lasted a few years, so I had an understanding of what director
Patricia Chica [Patricia Chica
interview - click here] saw in me for Tamer with our various conversations over the
years. I feel like I was even closer to who Tamer is when we finally had
the immense pleasure of shooting the film!! He felt so free and confident.
I loved every minute of it. Plus the fashion was on point. I drew upon my
love of music of course, but mostly that part of me that wants to be free.
I’m very intuitive when I create characters and I like to draw from
different fantasy characters that inspire me. I seem to play those types
often: Someone who fits in but stands out and doesn’t quite fit in at
the same time. And he's a punk so what can you not love?
you also perform a punk rock song on stage - now did that come natural
to you or did you need some extra preparation for the scene?
was a blast!!! Funny story about the venue we shot at, I had been there to
watch a show once and told myself “I’m
going to perform here one day” - and a few months later, bam, there I was performing on that very stage but
in an alternate reality where I’m a punk singer with cameras all over.
Magical life moment. Back to the question, I had such a good time
recording those songs written by David Deïas
the movie, it was liberating and I’m so happy I could embody the punk
scream. The whole team guided me perfectly, we had great days at the
studio, loved it!!
How did you
get involved with the project in the first place?
day about 5 years ago director Patricia Chica got in touch with me. I
don’t remember how she heard about me. We met at a bar and had a great
conversation. I'm all about energy and so is she and she was very
supportive of my projects and my vision. To this day. She talked to me
about the movie and the role and a few years later we worked a few scenes
together in a workshop/audition style moment. Then I got the part, then a
few years of Covid and one day I got a text message from the 1st AD of the
movie telling me that production starts in a week. I was like “what?”
We were one of the first productions to get back to work after the first
lockdown. When I got on set I was impressed and excited about how big the
whole set and experience was. The costumes were brilliant and the whole
vibe was a dream. Love movies!!!
can you tell us about Montréal
Girls' director Patricia Chica [Patricia Chica
interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
understand Patricia Chica’s language because of my very intuitive way of
working. When I act I feel like a channel for some character and story to
flow through. I get out of the way and let it flow, and this character
especially allowed me to go on a ride. I’m veeeeery excited to watch the
movie, I still haven’t!! I couldn’t make it to the world premiere.
Patricia loves her actors and wants to extract the very best out of them,
and her method I find cool and fun to play with as an actor. She works
with energy flow and connection with self and others and what that does to
the work. I especially liked that we got to rehearse to find the essence
of each scene. Then the seed grew and when the day came it was a nice
thing to witness in everyone.
with Patricia Chica
Girls is said to be the first film to be made with Chi Power
- so how has this method informed your acting, and maybe you personally?
how I like to work and so it fits perfectly. It allowed me to feel
comfortable and confident and also push myself to a deeper level. Feels
like the way this film was made allowed me to have an even smoother
experience with creating.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
met really great talents working in all the different departments. It felt
supportive and fun. I was inspired big time.
future projects you'd like to share?
have a couple exciting films I’m shooting this coming year. One of them
is allowing me to travel to Japan to make a feature film. And that is
thanks to Montréal
Girls and the work I did with Tamer, someone spotted me
in this and offered me a role in a movie, a gift that keeps on giving. And
right now I’m recording a music EP or album (not sure which yet, hehe)
that I plan to release by next spring.
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
I was ten years old I got on stage and felt my heart and mind open and
told myself that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, find
that feeling. And I’ve been following that feeling ever since, and
it’s made my dreams come to be. I studied in theater school, dance
school and film school. And of course life school.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Montréal
been part of a few great projects that allowed me to travel to Europe and
work with great mentors. I did a movie with Paul Walker called Brick
Mansions (might have a different name in Europe), also one with Aaron
Eckhart in my early days. My early but important days. My first bigger
role in a feature was Cyberbully,
a TV movie. I shot a web series called That's My DJ
like a feature, one of the first times I got deeper with one character.
Other than that it was TVseries, Shadowhunters, Heartland,
Television and feature films have a very different pace to them. I love
both but there is something special about having more time to develop a
How would you
describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your
characters to life?
emotional, I use imagery and visualization and channelization. I don’t
go too much in the mental.
Actors (and indeed actresses) who
Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sandra Oh, Brad Pitt, Vera Farmiga (I just spent 15
mins on this question).
Your favourite movies?
God here we go, ahah: Blow, Donnie Darko, The Little Mermaid (original,
excited for new one) Mysterious Skin, Mean Girls, Across the
Edward ScissorHands, Beetlejuice, Hereditary.
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and of course, films you really deplore?
Uh oh. Midsommar.
social media, whatever else?
on Insta and Twitter, @j4dehassoune on TikTok , my artist name is
can find most of my info through my Instagram or googles.
Anything else you're dying
to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
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Music and everywhere else.
for the interview!