From ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ to ‘Chaos Walking’, interview with stunt Naomi Frenette
Comics / Interview - 17 June 2019 07:30
Naomi Frenette is a stunt of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and next movie Chaos Walking
Q. You have often worked as a stunt. How did you come to this job?
A. I started working in the industry mostly because of my dad. He used to bring me to movie sets and i was really enjoying spending time in that environment. I started gynastics and karate at the age of 3 and my dad once had to find a stunt double for a kid. My first ever experience was at the age of 8 where my dad asked me if i wanted to try stunts. I ended up doubling the young actress and since then i didnt stop working. And i'm loving it more and more.
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Q. You worked also in “X-Men: Apocalipse” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”. How was that experience?
A. Working on a big movie like this is always super exciting and sometimes intimidating. I had a really good time working on that project. I had a couple of days of shoot on second unit. I unfortunately didnt see the other sets that were on main unit. The stunt team was amazing to work with, really professionnal. Also the costumes were really elaborate and beautiful. I was really happy that they decided to come to Montreal to shoot it.
Q. What it was the most difficult moment during filming?
A. Canada is known for harsh winters. I should say that the most difficult thing for me is to shoot outside in the winter. Winter can get extremely cold and windy. And Sometimes our wardrome doesnt allow us to wear big and warm winter coats.
Q. What is your prefered movie?
A. My favourite movie action wise is Colombiana. I love this movie because i love the storyline. I was thrilled to see a woman fighting and empower all those people in the movie. Colombiana has such a good back story and thats what make us want to see her more and more. The fight scenes are super and theres even some parkour sequences. And finally I love Zoe Saldana's performance in this movie. Shes so powerfull, fearless and at the same time she brings some vulnerability to the character. Totally love it!
Q. In Canada there is a remarkable cinematic excitement. How is the situation of the cinema?
A. Canada is really busy now for shooting. It is really really exciting. There are big movies and big tv shows from the United States coming to shoot to Canada. I think that the number one reason is because of the dollar situation here. Also because we, Canadians are awesome! It is going to be a good year for a lot of performers here and i think everybody is ready and looking forward to work on one of those projects.
What i am also really proud of our visibility and our strong performances at the Oscars (Jean-Marc Vallée director of Dallas Buyers Club, Pierre Even producer of Brooklyn and many more) and at Cannes Festival (Xavier Dolan, director of Mommy). People are starting to see that there is more talent here then expected. Also Canada is a great place to shoot outdoor scenes with the different climates that we have.
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