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Photo Finish: Sarah Gadon

by C California Style

Actor

“My dad’s a therapist, and I often think that what I do is similar to that,” says Sarah Gadon, 29. “I find human beings and their psychological development fascinating.” So it comes as no surprise that the former ballet dancer and then-university student got her big break in 2011 when director David Cronenberg cast her in A Dangerous Method, a historical thriller that delves into the early work of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud (she also starred in Cronenberg’s 2012 drama Cosmopolis). This month, the actor’s intellectual curiosity manifests itself further in her leading role alongside Jamie Dornan and Aaron Paul as a mother struggling with her son’s possible psychosis in the Alexandre Aja-directed supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. “I did a lot of work crafting the character and creating what I thought would be an interesting part for her,” says Gadon, who splits time among her native Toronto, New York, London and Los Angeles for work. Up next: a starring role in the recently announced Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. Says Gadon, “Making a piece like this, which is all about women in history, women being lost in history, construction of female identity, memory—I’m just so excited.”

Written by Lesley McKenzie.
PHOTO: J.R. Mankoff.

Styling: Alison Edmond.