BIO

ABOUT GINA

“Emotions pour out of Chiarelli with such ease, variety, and force; it’s as if she’s channelling the collective sorrows of everyone in the audience. Every nuance is crystal clear…Watching her was all I really wanted to do the entire evening.”

“Chiarelli’s work is always powered by her enormous, honest, and instantly accessed emotional resources.”

“Whenever Chiarelli is on the screen you can’t keep your eyes off her”

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That is the kind of unabashed praise critics have heaped upon Gina Chiarelli. A gifted performer, she brings a unique quality and sincerity to every role she plays.

Chiarelli, who has been called a “multi-faceted gem”, is both a professional actor and a producer. Raised in East Africa by missionary parents, Gina attended boarding school – hardly an environment that fostered the arts. She wasn’t even exposed to movies and television until she moved to Ontario in grade 11. There she studied drama in high school. She went on to attend The New School of Drama in Toronto. Since then she has been acting steadily and in 1989, she relocated to Vancouver.

One role naturally led to another for her. She started to produce so she could create an environment for herself and other actors, while being able to choose her own roles. Chiarelli thrives on telling the story of those outside the norm and she does so remarkably.

A rising star in the Canadian film industry, Gina Chiarelli is receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Grace McKinley, a brilliant 38 year-old woman dealing with schizophrenia in Pete McCormack’s feature film See Grace Fly, starring opposite Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis). “Chiarelli’s possessed portrayal of a brilliant 38-year-old woman out to warn the world that the end is nigh is the reason awards were invented.” – Montreal Gazette 2003

Nominated for the 2006 Genie Award for Best Actress, her powerful performance won her the 2004 Leo Award for Best Actress, as well as Best Actress at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival. Chiarelli produced See Grace Fly along with Paul McGillion and Pete McCormack and the film went on to great success, garnering 9 Leo Award Nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and Winning the Audience Choice Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal. Other film work includes Lola (2001) with Sabrina Grdevich and Colm Feore, Robert Altman’s Trixie (2000) with Emily Watson, Beautiful Joe (2000) with Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly, Noroc (1999) Vancouver Film Festival, and the original feature film Look Who’s Talking Now. Ms. Chiarelli has made several recurring and guest appearances on some of Canada’s most popular television shows, Cries In The Dark with Eva La Rue, Masters of Science Fiction with John Hurt and Brian Dennehy, Jeff Ltd. with Jeff Seymour, The L Word, and Da Vinci’s Inquest with Nicholas Campbell, just to name a few.

Her extensive stage-work includes, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fever, Frankie & Johnny In the Claire de Lune, Agnes of God, and the critically acclaimed Reservations For Two. Ms. Chiarelli is a five time Nominee and two time Winner of the Jessie Richardson Award for her performances in The Diary of Anne Frank and Agnes of God.

Critics raved. “Few performers are so wholly at home either in their bodies or in front of an audience.”

You can see Chiarelli in the upcoming Lifetime made for TV movie, Do You Know Me‘, with Rachelle Lefevre, where she delivers an amazing performance of an addict hooked on Crystal Meth.

You can find many more press quotes on Gina’s work, in the press section of this site.