Vancouver actor beats out LA talent and lands Series regular on new series Continuum

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Graduate of VADA’s full-time program Luvia Petersen, tells the story of how she stole the role originally written for a man.

In 2003 Luvia Petersen relocated to Vancouver with the hopes and dreams that one day she would be working in Film and Television. That day has finally come. Luvia was raised in Montreal, QB Canada until the age of 6 when her family relocated to Alberta. In the late 1990s her family moved to Kelowna B.C. and one step closer to Vancouver film market. She got her first taste of Film/TV acting at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts (VADA) in their Two Week Intensive course. There she excelled and soon jumped on board for the Dramatic Arts Program, graduating with honours in Film/TV acting in September 2003.

The schools Artistic Director, Simon Longmore, recall Luvia. “Luvia is the complete package, drive, talent, looks, personality and passion. This booking is no surprise to me; I actually expected this to happen earlier in her career.”

In July of 2005 Vancouver Magazine featured Luvia as one of the best and brightest up and coming talents on the Vancouver acting scene. In her 9 year career as an actor she has gathered a list of credits on Vancouver’s most successful television series such as The “L” Word, X-Files, Reaper, Sanctuary, Endgame and now Continuum.

Luvia shares with us some of the details of the casting session. “When I was waiting to go into the audition, Sean (the casting director) came out and said, “The part is originally written for a man. They are looking for a tough-chick. Don’t over complicate it.” So I went in the room and busted Sean throughout the scene. Boom!" Laughs Luvia, “No call back, you’re on hold. Just the phone call from my agent.” When Luvia got the news, a thought flashed across her mind. “Should I prepare myself in some way? Nope. I’ve been preparing for the last 9 years; Acting classes at VADA, Workshops, Auditions, Workshops, More acting classes, more training... I have earned this!"

Her 1st day on set she gets a new haircut, a great wardrobe, and a M16 assault rifle with a grenade launcher. “I can’t tell you too much about the show, privacy reasons, but my character, Jasmine Garza is part of the terrorist organization called Liberate. On the page my character seems like the silent one. But rest assured I am quite deadly when provoked.” Luvia comments in between camera set-ups on the set of Continuum.

Simon Longmore, Luvia’s acting coach, comments “Luvia is a very talented actor. She will shine in this role, just you watch!” Continuum is slated to premiere in Canada on Shaw Media’s specialty channel, Showcase in spring 2012
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