She’s a lead actress and producer on the beautiful, confronting, boundary-abolishing web-series and lesbian drama that is Starting From Now.
She’s a kick-ass advocate of all things important – LGBTIQ rights, indigenous affairs, community, the environment and human rights.
And she channels these passions to tell stories that are moving, inspiring and perception-shifting. Most importantly, stories that are real. So real, raw and close-to-home that you want to keep watching and turn away all at the same time.
“We have a responsibility to the Starting From Now community to not only tell the stories of a relationship drama, but also to address the important, very real issues our audience members face in other aspects of their lives,” Lourde says.
And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Starting From Now is a five-season phenomena, with six short episodes (between 6 and 12 minutes long) in each season, created by writer/director/producer Julie Kalceff.
It is a honest, revealing and, at times, unforgiving spotlight on the complexities of women and the way they love – both themselves and others.
“Women in film and TV are so often portrayed as mothers or whores. They are often confined to strict stereotypes because it’s supposedly easier for the audience to understand quickly,” Lourde says. “It’s incredibly important to expand the stories that are told and the characters that are portrayed. We want our audience to know that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you identify as or with, or the labels society puts on you. A good human being, in all of that complexity, deserves to be celebrated.”
Lourde saw the role of Darcy, her character in Starting From Now, advertised on a casting notice site. The advertisement explained they were looking for a 'complex female character in a female lead show'.
"I thought to myself, 'regardless if I land the role, I want to meet these people'. This is the type of project I want to be working on," says Lourde.
At the audition Lourde read the whole of season one, and was confronted with the character (and that is 'character' in every sense of the word) that is Darcy.
"My first reaction was really mixed, Very excited, but also scared," Lourde recalls. "Darcy sits in that part of me that I find really hard to accept in myself. She's stuck in fear; feels like she has no options; can't get herself out; and ends up doing things that aren't honourable. She hurts people she loves because she feels like she has no other choices."
"I see those traits in myself, and also in every person I know."