Andrea Menard-River

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Andrea's talent has taken her to film, television and theatre. "Nothing gives me more satisfaction and joy than a great role and a great script", shares Andrea. "It's about the craft, the creation, the doing. That's why I love film and stage. It really doesn't matter how large the audience - whether it's a film crew or a theatre house - acting fires me up."

The Velvet Devil

"Menard has a soulful presence that resonates and reverberates off the screen. It's no coincidence that she's also a jazz singer and experienced musical performer. The influential filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who directed Mick Jagger in Performance and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, once observed that gifted musicians often make natural born screen actors, because they're unselfconscious in front of the camera and yet have an instinctive feel for what it means to live another person's life. Menard may not be the frontrunner in this category but if she wins, it'll be a reward well-earned." -Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service