Occasionally in pop-culture, a force of nature comes along – someone who achieves so much fame, so quickly, that you would think they could not possibly achieve much more. But I have a feeling that Antoine Olivier Pilon will beat these odds. Born in 1997, he started out as a child actor at 12 years old. At the ages of 13, 14, and 15 he continued to receive various roles on television and movies. But a brief chain of events in 2013 changed his life forever. He now is not only one of the best known faces in Québec and Canada, but also to movie audiences around the world.
In 2013, his name became intertwined with two huge names: Indochine (one of France’s most popular and culturally significant music groups), and Xavier Dolan, one of Québec’s and Canada’s most critically award-winning movie writers and directors.
Pilon starred in Indochine’s controversial music video “College Boy” in 2013. The music video was directed by Xavier Dolan. It was a statement against bullying, but was filmed using such a controversial portrayal of violence that it came with age-restriction caveats. Nonetheless, not only was his likeness linked to Indochine, it also associated him with works directed by Xavier Dolan, which would forever change his life and career.
The next big one, as the co-star of Xavier Dolan’s movie “Mommy”, would launch him into the international spotlight (the previous post on “Mommy” can be viewed HERE).
At 17 years old and with several “best” category awards under his belt, Pilon has become an international heart-throb; instantly recognizable on the streets in Canada and France, as well as elsewhere.
Currently, he is a co-star in one of Montréwood’s hottest weekly TV drama series, Mémoires vives, on ICI Radio-Canada (1,165,000 weekly viewers), as well as one of the main characters in the youth television program Subito texto, on Télé-Québec.
Considering the major roles he has garnered, as well as the degree of acclaim, success and awards he has achieved, decades of endless possibilities lie ahead of him. I think we’re seeing more than just a star in the making (he’s already achieved the status of a start) – but rather the potential to be a future cultural icon. Antoine Olivier Pilon is someone I believe we’ll be seeing a lot of.
When looking for clips of his work, please stick to official sites and do not pirate. Our artists form part of our cultural fabric.