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Bellus Magazine (BM): What is the story of how you got into acting?
Allie Bertram (AB): I had never dreamed about becoming an actor until I was nineteen! All my life, I pictured myself as a ballerina. To me, dance was all I knew and dreamed about. When I was eighteen I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and had an
incredible experience on the TV show and at the end of the grueling competition was awarded 1st runner up on the show. During this experience, I realized how much I enjoyed representing myself, and instead of conforming in the core of a ballet company I realized my strength was performing and being an individual. I then went on to pursue work in the commercial side of dance, as well as taking acting classes. I was Immediately hooked on acting. I have always loved story telling, and instead using my body as in dance, I know have a voice, it seemed natural for me to transition into acting.
BM: Tell us about your show “Mako Mermaids”
AB: Mako Mermaids is a whimsical family show that can be viewed on Netflix all over the world. It centers around three strong female mermaids making their transition from sea to land. The show deals with the every day problems mermaids might have (magic and spells), as well as family dynamics and friendship tribulations.
BM: Tell us about your character “Mimmi”
AB: Mimmi is an honest and loyal mermaid to those she loves. She strictly follows the rules; which often gets her in trouble. In most episodes you will find Mimmi mixing up some ancient mermaid potion or creating new spells. The greatest attribute she has, is that she is always willing and ready to learn. The biggest similarity I have with Mimmi is our love for animals.
BM: What can you tell us about season 4?
AB: Season 4 has a little bit of everything in it. There will be a new character, a water dragon, which is all Visual FX. My character Mimmi embarks on a new relationship with a boy she works with. You will see her trying to balance having a relationship, working, her friends and keeping her mermaid tail a secret. Also, you will see a cross between the H20 series and Mako Mermaids, when one of the cast members comes to join us for two episodes.
BM: I heard you have dance background? Tell us about that.
AB: I started dance at the age of four in a local community center, and considering I couldn’t tell my left foot from my right foot, I didn’t think I had much hope. Anyone who knows me also knows how hard I work, and the age of twelve I started to notice improvement and began to take dance very seriously. I did all styles of dance until I was sixteen and that was when I decided to focus entirely on ballet. I gave up so much for dance; summers, sleepovers, a social life, but it was all worth it. I had a few amazing teachers who taught me lessons that I still use today. I value all the time I spent in those sweaty studios because I like to think it is a part of who I am now, a persistent, confident, and emotional storyteller.
What is next for you?
Next for me is finding a role I can really sink my teeth into. No! No Vampires. My goal for a while is to be in a wonderful period piece. I love the costuming and sets. I think it would almost be more magical to go back in time than it is to be a mermaid.
What advice can you give to other aspiring artists out there who are trying to make it?
I truly believe that the world needs more artists and that there is a place for every one’s creativity. Try not to judge or compare yourself to others but instead use it as motivation for your own work. Also, positivity and being true to yourself will be your biggest asset.
Bellus is latin for beauty. What is your definition of beauty?
Beauty is what makes you feel good on the inside. It isn’t just about aesthetics because let’s face it everyone can buy a contour kit or put a filter on a pic. But real beauty is having a good heart and showing THAT off. Being beautiful is having compassion, empathy, fun, love and being able to embrace your quirky side.