christine trinh (actra, Uda STAGIERE)
“Acting was not part of the plan but in discovering my love for self-expression throughout my journey, years later, here I am.”
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Christine, who is fluent in both French and English, was encouraged to honour her cultural heritage but often had a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian Canadian Experience. Intrigued by martial arts at a young age, she took her first judo class at the age of eight. Subsequently, she trained in Tae-Kwon-Do for a few years, achieved one belt below black as well as won two local open tournaments. She told herself one day she`d want to act and fight in a movie with Jackie Chan!
With that said, by the time Christine reached her teen years, she decided to put aside her childhood dreams of becoming a professional fighter and actress. During her time in college and university, she pursued studies in Marketing, thinking she would one day end up working in that field. However, after she underwent heart surgery in 2010, Christine realized she no longer wanted to pursue the conventional route of what it meant to be successful.
Instead, she had a burning desire to discover herself, and pursue passion. This led her to create a fundraising event called "Dance Your Heart Out” to increase awareness about heart disease among the youth and raise passion through forms of self expression such as music and dance. While exploring her love for various mediums of art such as music and freestyle dancing, a series of events led Christine to fall in love with acting, and the art behind it.
Ever since she discovered her passion for acting in 2014, Christine has produced and created her own creative film projects. In addition to this, she has attended several acting workshops in both New York and Toronto with casting directors such as Matthew Barry (The Notebook). Moreover, in 2015 she packed her bags and headed to Los Angeles to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. During her time out west, Christine was cast as a lead in a number of short films such as "Shadowplay", an action drama-based sizzler, where she had the chance to play a strong female role. This experience enabled her to go places emotionally that she had never been to before, and from that day on, she was determined to make it her focus.
Not long after she got back from Los Angeles, Christine started training in stunts and film fighting under renowned Stunt Coordinator Jean Frenette, through which she discovered her passion for fight choreography. Subsequently, Christine landed stunt performer roles on feature films "Bon Cop Bad Cop 2", Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!", and "Death Wish" featuring Bruce Willis. Most recently, she booked a lead role as an assassin, in a french indie short french film “Audrey”, which will give her the opportunity to combine both her love for acting and film fighting.
Ultimately, she aspires to be the kind of actress who does her own stunts. Christine finds herself strongly attracted to characters with great depth.
Inspired to shift the perspective of the Asian stereotype in the film industry, Christine strives to showcase that every one is unique in his or her own way. Thus, aside from acting and stunts, she has set out to help brand artists as to their true essence.
Overall, while Christine has only recently set foot in the industry, she is fully in for the journey, and wants to pursue challenging roles that inspire her to grow as an artist and individual.
“It is not the absence of fear, It is the will to feel alive”.– Christine Trinh
Represented by: Amanda Tilson