When Stéphane Crête was still just a boy, TV creators sprinkled their ideas with a madness that would be difficult to revive today. The actor was quick to watch and appreciate several of them.
Stéphane, which children's programs have marked you?
I'm a big fan of Pop Pumpkin for the creativity and the delinquency that we found there. But I also liked what we found inside Bobino and Bagatelle (short cartoons or animated films often a little hallucinated like < em>The Adventures of Riding Hood with Polka Dots, The Onyx or Chapi Chapo).
Which childhood TV memory is one of your fondest?
I loved that every day of the week after Bobino there was a different show you could watch. It punctuated my week!
Did you watch a lot of TV when you were very young?
I learned English from children's shows English speakers. I loved Sesame Street, The Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup and The Muppet Show, among others.
Are there any characters that have influenced you?
Sol and Goblet, the two funny guns. The idea of a duet with a white clown and a red clown (a classic) greatly influenced my way of doing theater and cabaret afterwards.
Y a-t- Is there another song from a show that sticks in your head?
Too much! They're all earworms, it looks like!
Is there a character you would have liked to play for children?
Not really. But we can say that with In a galaxy near you, Tactik, Magic family, Ramdam and The Studio, I've played a lot!
And it's important for you to play things for adults as well as for young people?
When I was younger, I had the chance to meet Jacques L'Heureux who had played Passe-Montagne a lot and told me: “I played a lot of things, I did theatre, so I I've never been tagged, I've never been caught in a niche.” Me too, I said to myself that I didn't feel like feeling that I was only Brad Spitfire [from In a galaxy near you, Editor's note]. I love children's shows, but I wouldn't just want to be seen in them. So I started having fun and exploring as much as possible, both on TV and in the movies…
Which world would you like children to discover?
The power of imagination! Curiosity as a tool for growth! Healthy madness as an antidote to the ambient gloom!
What do you think of today's youth TV?
It evolves with mores … I had the chance to grow up in a slightly crazier and less politically correct environment… But the imagination is still there!
►Stéphane Crête transforms into Malire Binette, a magician “a little mean and a little nono”, the time of comedy Magic family. Starring Daniel Coutu, Season 2 episodes air Saturdays at 9 a.m. on ICI Télé. The actor also lends his features to doctor Christophe Gagné in the comedy Sans rendez-vous (with Magalie Lépine-Blondeau), whose season 2 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ICI Télé.