This Wednesday marks the debut of CBC’s latest offering in terms of scripted fare.
X Company is described as an emotionally driven character drama, set in the dangerous world of WWII espionage and cover operation. The series follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits from Canada, the United States and Great Britain who are torn from their ordinary lives and trained as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Based on a true story, the agents venture deep into enemy lines where they put themselves directly in the line of fire.
Evelyne Brochu plays Aurora Luft on the series and is best described as the trilingual strategist of the group. Evelyne is the daughter of a German-Jewish father and a French-Canadian mother and was working in Paris as a journalist prior to the occupation of France. She immediately recognizes the need to fight back and her linguistic skills coupled with her field experience are a major asset to the X Company. Holding herself responsible for the death of an agent on her team, she fights to make the team stronger and smarter after she is promoted to team leader.
Best known for her supporting role as Delphine on Orphan Black, Evelyne Brochu boasts a string of recent film credits including roles in Polytechnique, Café De Flore, and Inch’Allah. Brochu will also appear in Les Loups, Pawn Sacrifice, and The Nest in the near future.
I recently caught up with Brochu to discuss the series and her character. I asked her attraction to scripts that include characters with different identities (as she moved from Orphan Black to X Company). We also discussed how the show isn’t a standard period series and how nice it is to play a layered hero. It is a nice follow-up to our interview on the set of Orphan Black.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.
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