It is my pleasure to introduce Marc-André Menard, aka Marky: With a laugh that is not only contagious but actually funny itself, here’s a glimpse of who he really is!
How would you describe your fashion style?
Nasty little British school boy… [Laughs] with grey hair!
Favourite TV show? Which character would you be?
This year: By far, Modern Family is the big winner. Which character? The Mexican whose name I can’t remember… the Columbian girl!
Favourite show ever: 6 Feet Under. Which character? Nate… I think he’s cool.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I have many. I think it would have to be the day I set fire to the forest behind my house… it was a pretty embarrassing moment… It sounds serious, but actually it was put out quite quickly… Having 10 fire trucks show up at your house, followed by 45 cars full of spectators… I was quite young, only 10 years old, but still – it was embarrassing!
What is the one thing would I not know about you at first glance?
Good question. I think that people don’t know that I am a very solitary person. Even though I love people and I am outgoing, I love my solitude very much… [Laughs] 100 Years of Solitude is my inspiration!
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
It’s a really boring answer… I would spend it reading.
What do you think about the current state of the economy?
This is a very good question. Actually I was thinking about it this morning when I got up. Personally, I have always been someone who lived in the present moment; I never really learned to save. However in the last six months I have developed this ability. In the last two years the economic reality has been in the forefront, with people getting more and more in debt. That being said, I am very optimistic with regards to the economy this year and we can really feel the recovery this fall, but I have kept my conservative ‘saver’ tendencies. I am very proud of this and hope to keep them even if the economy is extraordinary and I happen to win a million dollars.
Where were you on September 11th, 2001?
People tend to remember where they were on September 11th, but at that time I did not fully comprehend what had happened. It was the next day that I felt America was no longer the same. In the newspapers the following day, it was apparent that nothing else existed, and that’s when I realized that it was a historical event.
Ever met anyone really famous before?
No. Really famous? Oh! Rufus Wainwright… The sister of a rep from Toronto was Rufus’ best friend. They had met in Montreal when she was studying art. I was having dinner with this rep, and I happened to mention that I was a fan of Rufus Wainwright’s music. Following this I was invited to have a drink with Rufus and his best friend (the sister). At that time he was not very known.
If abandoned alone in the wilderness would you survive?
Yes, I was a Scout, so of course I would survive. I would eat wild animals without any problem. I think I would sleep in trees, not on the ground!
Name one thing good about Facebook.
It’s the classic thing to say that when you are young and unpopular, the then-cool people eventually become rather ordinary… Facebook enables you to see the truth in this statement because you reconnect with old acquaintances and everybody is suddenly more open to being your friend and find out what’s new with you. In high school you had the impression that nobody gave a damn about you, but you realize that many people who were quite promising didn’t turn out so good… It may not sound nice, but the point is that it can be surprising to see how people that you met when you were young have evolved, and keeping in contact is a good thing. It reminds us of where we came from.