Gracey Dove, who is originally from the Canim Lake Indian Band in northern B.C., announced the news by posting an intimate promotional poster for the movie on Instagram.
I am absolutely THRILLED to finally be able to reveal the biggest news of my life thus far. I had the honour this summer to work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and I am SO grateful to the creator and my ancestors for guiding me through this whirlwind of an adventure. I am so excited to announce that I play #LeonardoDicaprio 's wife in his upcoming film #TheRevenant directed by none-other than oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu! This film took me to the end of the world, and back (literally) I filmed in Ushuaia, Argentina and in the desert of California. Right from the beginning, I made bold choices in my audition, manifested greatness, and truly believed this is exactly where I belong. I can’t express how thankful I am for DiCaprio’s generosity, and for sharing his insights on the work and what it means to be a storyteller. Director Innaritu and cinematograher Emanuel Lubezki (Chivo) are the most brilliant artists I have had the opportunity of working with, and challenged me every step of the way to create the level of work to meet their vision. I truly came up against myself, and everything I have ever worked for… I had to journey deep into heart and say YES every step of the way. The biggest lesson I learned in this project is that being an actor is not “glamorous” and doesn’t necessarily feel good in the moment. Its about truth, and going to these places emotionally is exhausting and all too real. I know this is my true calling because I am able to share these emotions for the world to see. Kukwtsétsemc (thank-you) again to the Creator, my ancestors, my ARCHIE, SYME and HALL families and to my friends and fans for the continued support. This is just the beginning of a huge future for our people, and I am so hyped for all the doors that just opened… I have been working my whole life for this and I am ready. Please forward any media requests to my agent Darren Boidman: Carriertalent@gmail.com And make sure to follow my #tvshow @underexposedtv 🎥 LOVE IS THE WORD// SAY YES// IT CAN HAPPEN. #GraceDove #NDN #Secwepemc #CanimLake #Actress #Shuswap #Canada #Vancouver #LosAngeles #PrinceGeorge
"I am absolutely THRILLED to finally be able to reveal the biggest news of my life thus far," the actress wrote. "This is just the beginning of a huge future for our people, and I am so hyped for all the doors that just opened… I have been working my whole life for this and I am ready."
Dove, who also hosts the underEXPOSED TV series with APTN, also thanked DiCaprio for his guidance on the project.
The Oscar-nominated actor plays Hugh Glass, a 19th-century explorer who was buried alive and left for dead after he was attacked by a bear on a hunting trip. Dove plays his wife in the film, and appears at the 2:11 mark in the trailer. (Watch above.)
The movie, directed by Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, was shot partly in Burnaby, B.C. and Calgary. The film hits theatres in December.
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