Here’s how motherhood changed Léane Labrèche-Dor

Although she is part of a famous and popular family, Léane Labrèche-Dor has worked hard to make a name for herself in the industry, whether in theatre, on TV or in the cinema. Mom of little Milo, she spins today the perfect love with Mickaël Gouin. But the 34-year-old actress still has a lot of little secrets, some of which she has agreed to reveal to us.

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7 truths about Léane Labrèche-Dor:

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I did a lot of artistic gymnastics when I was younger and I dreamed of being able to participate in the Olympics one day. I must certainly have been influenced by the success of Nadia Comaneci. I don’t know why I wanted to do this sport, because I started very young, but I really liked being alone with myself. I really like team sports, but in artistic gymnastics, I told myself that if I put in the necessary effort, I would see the results directly. I couldn’t disappoint anyone, so I was in constant competition with myself and I enjoyed it a lot. It taught me a lot about rigor and perseverance. In addition, the image we have of a little intransigent gymnastics coaches is still true. You fall, but you get up and try again until you get there.


I started as a babysitter around the age of 13, but it didn’t last long. I didn’t have so much fun doing that; being responsible for other people’s children stresses me out. On the other hand, catering is an environment that has always interested me. Around the age of 14, I worked at L’échoppe des fromages in Saint-Lambert. I wanted to do table service, but since I wasn’t 18, it wasn’t possible. So they put me at the cheese counter, but it didn’t really work. Not only did I not eat it, but it didn’t interest me. I was giving very bad advice. I was not a good cheese maker and I think I only worked there 24 hours, no more! After that, I was a cashier in a grocery store and, at the age of 17, I got a job as a hostess in a restaurant. I then worked a lot in catering, it was like a game for me. I was good and efficient.

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I didn’t have much of an interest in boys as a teenager, except for one. All my love was dedicated to Leonardo DiCaprio since the movie came out Titanic, and no guy was going to be able to get that out of my head. But above all, I was a very studious girl. I really liked going to school, unlike a lot of people. The rigor of gymnastics has certainly forged this character. I really liked getting good grades in school. I was really tripping up doing the exams, I was kind of Hermione Granger. I was very focused on studies, before there was a complete turnaround in CEGEP.


Having a child made me begin certain processes that I had always been aiming for, such as letting go and the ability to say no. This is something that has always been a big problem for me and a big internal debate. I have often said yes to please, to help, to be of service… I have often been too nice. With a child, the priorities change completely, and it had even already started a little during the pregnancy. Finally, there is really nothing more important in my life than my child. It’s a bit cliché, but it’s the reality. It’s difficult for a woman, because there is still the desire to be something other than a mother. But I made the choice of motherhood without compromise and I want to go all out, to seize this opportunity to become a better person. It did me a lot of good, like putting relationships that weren’t completely healthy in perspective or showing me projects that weren’t completely for me. It taught me to say no.

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Well, I always thought he was really handsome, but we were friends for a long time before we went out together. This friendly relationship, before the romantic relationship, allowed us to know each other perfectly and to see that, ultimately, we are very similar. It was important for me to have a child with someone who, first of all, wanted to, which was the case. It tempted him a lot. And I see in his relationship with children, and with people in general, that he is really a loving and generous person. I always told myself that no matter what happens in my life or what happens in our relationship, he will always be an incredible father.


When I was young, we went to Ogunquit once or twice a year as a family, often with families of friends. We rented small houses in gangs, and they are really very good memories. It was with couples of friends of my parents who also had children. We all grew up at the same time. We continue to have relations with some, and then there are people, like Bernard Fortin’s family, who are very close. I regularly see Virginie and her sister, Carole. I also dream of bringing my son to Ogunquit with my family. With Mickaël, we had been together for two years and we went there on vacation with my father and his girlfriend. He was able to experience some of these memories, and I think he was seduced by the charm of this region.

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I don’t think that our whole life is drawn in advance and that we have no choice to make. I believe that the human soul and conscience are made to make choices, but I still believe that there is a backbone of our life already programmed. I’ve often thought of fate as a leaf on a tree, with a central vein and lots of possible options that branch off from there. I have the impression that there are plenty of options already mapped out for us by legacies, family histories, and we have to work our way through that. There is as much concrete as intangible in all this. As I was born female, white, in North America, there are paths that are open to me, but not open to anyone else. Then there are energies that evolve us in one way or another.

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