January 3, 2016 6:01 pm
Updated: January 3, 2016 6:53 pm

B.C. actress portrays Leonardo DiCaprio’s onscreen wife in ‘The Revenant’

Actress Grace Dove attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'The Revenant' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 16, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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Leonardo DiCaprio‘s new film The Revenant is getting plenty of Oscar buzz. The epic film, which was shot in B.C. and Alberta, features local talent including Prince George’s Grace Dove.

The First Nations actress plays the wife of Hugh Glass, the American frontiersman portrayed by DiCaprio in the film, and is directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.

Dove lives in Vancouver, but over the holidays she went back to visit old friends and colleagues in Prince George.

“My roots and where I come from are everything,” she said.

Dove started appearing in front of the camera at a young age, getting her start as an 11-year-old host of “Splatterday,” which aired on Prince George’s CKPG.

Actors Tom Hardy, Grace Dove, Leonardo DiCaprio and filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises’ ‘The Revenant’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 16, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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She wanted to move to Hollywood but her dad told her to finish school first. The decision didn’t seem to hurt her career.

Dove recently made her way to Hollywood for the film’s world premiere.

“Going to the premiere and walking the red carpet — I’ve been imagining those kinds of moments since I was a little girl,” she said. “To actually have it come true, I had to pinch myself and make sure it wasn’t still a dream.”

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Dove is keeping herself busy. She is working on “Underexposed,” a TV series on APTN that follows a team of action sport photojournalists.

“Getting to this point in my career, this is what I always dreamed of,” she said.

“Coming from Prince George, being First Nations, being Canadian, everyone is so impressed. I just think I had the vision and this dream and I didn’t let anyone tell me it’s not possible.”

-With files from Grace Ke and CKPG

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