Drag Film ‘Solo’ Director Sophie Dupuis Has Found Her Voice, Says Actor Theodore Pellerin

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Drag Film ‘Solo’ director Sophie Dupuis has found her voice, said actor Theodore Pellerin.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dupuis said that the ‘Boy Erased’ actor told her that “I think for the first time you were talking about yourself,” after having read the script for the gender-bending queer romance drama ‘Solo.’

Dupuis said that Pellerin was able to say this because of Pellerin’s familiarity with the director. Pellerin starred in Dupuis’s three movies to date, ‘Solo’ being her latest after ‘Chien de Garde (Family First)’ and ‘Souterrain (Underground).’

“In Solo, he [Pellerin] saw I’m really starting to liberate myself from all life’s norms, every norm that poisoned my adult life, starting from affirming myself as queer to my way of being in relationships, love relationships, the connection I have more with my feelings after I gave myself this permission,” she said in the interview.

Dupuis’ self-journey is “reflected” in ‘Solo’ where Simon (played by Pellerin), a rising star in the Montreal drag queen scene has to decide what’s best for him after being torn between two toxic relationships— his emotional dependency on his abusive boyfriend, Olivier, and his estranged mother who came back to his life after 15 years of absence.

Elsewhere in the interview, Dupuis talked about her fascination with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and how it influenced her movie, saying that the lead character Simon “needs his drag character to find his strength” which mirrors the reality that “some drag artists say their drag personas saved their lives.”

Solo had its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11 and will be followed by a second public screening on September 12 at the Scotiabank Theatre.

 

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