Alexis Whelan Stars as Ava in Danishka Esterhazy's Female-Fuelled Feature Film "Level 16"

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Danishka Esterhazy's female driven characters ignite the screen with Talent INC Canada's Alexis Whelan as Ava in the upcoming feature film thriller,'Level 16'.

The best part about working on this film was that it was female-dominant and the female characters had such power and strength... even in adversity”
— Alexis Whelan

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, April 17, 2018 / -- Talent INC Canada's longtime client, Alexis Whelan stars as Ava in the upcoming feature film, 'Level 16' directed by Danishka Esterhazy.

John Stevens, her mentor for many years, recalls meeting her when she was just 9 years old.

She walked up to me after she had gone on tape for me and shook my hand and looked me in the eye, and said, "Thank you. It's been a pleasure doing business with you"!

"I remember thinking, who the heck does this kid think she is?" said Stevens.

It comes as no surprise to local business owners, Doug Sloan and John Stevens that she has made it this far.

"There was never a question as to whether or not Alexis would make it in the entertainment industry. The only question for us....was when" says Doug Sloan.

We caught up with Alexis, a Richmond Hill native to ask her, "How did you prepare for the audition?"

Alexis smiled and said, "The private coachings I had with John Stevens prior to auditioning really gave me a leg up. I don't believe I would have landed this role without his guidance. Also, there was something unique about this script. I felt connected to the characters immediately. As an actor, you try to not get to get too connected because you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. But there was just something about this project that spoke to me on many levels (pardon the pun!)."

We asked Alexis how she would describe her character, Ava. She told us, "Ava is strong-spirited and assertive. She's not afraid to speak her mind. She likes to be at the top of the social hierarchy for sure. But she also has a softer side, and that contrast is what really makes her character so real. She wears many masks and knows how to meld into any situation."

This is Alexis's feature film debut so we asked her about her experience.

"The best part about working on this film was that it was female-dominant and the female characters had such power and strength... even in adversity," replied the young debutante.

Level 16 has been in development for 10 years. Alexis credits Danishka for creating something so well thought out and brilliantly crafted.

Alexis's mother, Sahar says, "We won't go anywhere else for private coaching, the reason she booked this role was because of her training at Talent INC Canada".

Level 16 is set to premiere at select theatres across Canada later this year.

John Stevens
Talent INC Canada (Ltd)
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