CLE BENNETT - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
TWO TIME GEMINI AWARD WINNING ACTOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Prior to suiting up as the newest addition to the cast of ABC's hit drama, Rookie Blue, Clé played Gemini Award-winning roles in the CBC mini-series Guns, and in the HBO series The Line. The versatile performer's credits range from internationally lauded features such as Barney's Version; television hits Arrow, Cracked, The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, Shattered, Republic of Doyle and Lost Girl; and animated programs, including Mother Up!, the Total Drama Island franchise, and various other voice over work.
Clé received a 2012 ACTRA Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance for his role as Rafik Rousseau in season 4 of Flashpoint. Clé was also the recipient of a 2011 ReelWorld Film Festival Trailblazer Award.
In 2012, Clé made his professional theatre debut on the Soulpepper stage, with his critically acclaimed portrayal of four characters in Kim's Convenience -- winner of the Toronto Critics Award for best Canadian play and Dora nominee for Best New Play.
In 2014 Clé returns to Rookie Blue, and also stars in the upcoming TMN series Sensitive Skin.
Tell us what many people may not know about you?
Many people don't realize how hard I have to work in order to succeed in this business.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
I'm inspired by a wide range of things, from historical figures like Malcolm X, to music, to other actors, to the way children play without fear or self-consciousness. I find inspiration everywhere.
I'm kind of self-sufficient as far as motivation is concerned. I wake up everyday with purpose, instead of merely accepting what the day has to offer.
How did you get to where you are now and what more do you hope to achieve?
I got to where I am through focus, discipline, hard work, persistence, patience, and faith. I plan to continue to do more of what I'm doing now, on an ever increasing scale.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for being great at what I do.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
I'm very schedule oriented. I plan everything out in advance.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Food: Jerk chicken, rice & peas.
Book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Movie: Malcolm X
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
My experience has been a challenging one, both socially, and professionally. However, had I not had to overcome such challenges, I might not be as prepared as I am today, to face anything that comes my way.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, Oprah, BET, etc.
The evidence would suggest otherwise, however that doesn't mean it isn't possible.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
Wes Maestro Williams.
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
We definitely should.
What’s your understanding of Black History in Canada?
My understanding is that the struggles of our people were far more harrowing than has been reported in mass circles, however we have made great strides, and continue to do so.
Clé’s few words to an uninspired person:
Make a choice. Decide who you wanna be, and then go after it, like your life depends on it - because it does. Realize that when you're Black, being good isn't enough, you have to be great. So make sure you're passionate to the point of obsession about what you choose to do, otherwise you wont work hard enough to become great at it.