Yanic Truesdale

'Girls' co-star strives for bigscreen

HOMETOWN: Montreal

FAVORITE ACTORS: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore

NEXT PROJECT:Nothing beyond “Gilmore Girls”

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?: “At a place in the industry where people are still interested to know my answer to that question.”

WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ACTOR?: After doing a spur-of-the-moment scene read, Truesdale found he had a passion for the craft.

Yanic Truesdale’s real-life optimism and sincerity bear little resemblance to his character: snooty Paris transplant Michel Gerard, in the WB’s critically praised skein “Gilmore Girls.”

Though several years back Truesdale trekked agentless and jobless to Los Angeles, the actor possessed more than just a bag of dreams. He carried with him an impressive television resume.

Truesdale’s role as the wise-ass European emigrant is “fun and very well written,” he says, but the Montreal-born actor admitted that movies are the big goal.

“If I can get a chance to taste the movie industry, that would be sweet,” reveals the thesp who’s in the midst of shooting the sophomore season of “Gilmore Girls,” which was tapped outstanding new series by the Television Critics Assn.

Prior to coming to Los Angeles two years ago, Truesdale had achieved quite a bit of fame north of the border, starring in several high-profile Canadian TV series: “He Shoots, He Scores”; “The Duval Family”; and “Roommates,” for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award, Canada’s version of the Emmy. But his Canuck pedigree failed to spark Hollywood interest in the early going.

“I couldn’t get an agent. Welcome to L.A.,” jokes Truesdale, a National Theatre School of Canada grad who realized his ambition while helping a high school friend scene read.

“An agent friend of mine (Michael Goldberg) called out of the blue one day. He thought ‘Gilmore Girls’ was a good part for me. That was my first L.A. audition,” Truesdale recalls.

Truesdale wasn’t completely caught off-guard by the industry’s initial cold shoulder. Access to decision-makers is the toughest part of the acting biz, he says.

French is Truesdale’s first language, so the actor had little trouble fitting the “Gilmore Girls'” role. But he doesn’t always borrow from real life for his gigs.

“To get (hockey-set) ‘He Shoots, He Scores,’ I said I can skate and play the game. But after I got the part, I went to the director and said, ‘I need to talk to you. …’ Luckily, there were stand-ins and I didn’t have to skate at all,” he says.

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