She asked me if I wanted to give it a try and I said ‘yes,’ but just for fun.
Quite quickly, I ended up with some small parts in films and I kept doing it, shooting maybe 1 or 2 things a year. I like looking back on that today because I had a slow and regular progression as an actor.
An adaptation of Madame de La Fayette’s 17th century short story, the princess in question is Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful aristocrat who falls for the rakish Henri de Guise (Ulliel), but promised by her father in a political match to marry his childhood friend, Prince de Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). It happens, but not as much as in France, obviously.
The Princess of Montpensier When did you get into New York? I really enjoy this city a lot and have a couple of friends here. It’s mostly French people that recognize me in New York.
What was it like working with Gus Van Sant on “La Marais” for Paris Je t’aime? I was supposed to work on another district with a different director, but the producers phoned me a year later saying, “We’re still working on and we still want to work with you. It’s the Chanel people who phoned me saying they were interested in working with me on a campaign. I would be the happiest man in the world to work with him.” So that’s how we ended up working together. I’m not dreaming.”  It was really great because Chanel gave Marty and me total freedom. That’s the purpose of commercials, so it was a big success.
The construction is so elliptic that it feels cold.
But they managed to do the complete opposite with the film, which feels very modern and full of life.
I’m a big fan of Gus and his films, so I was so happy to be able to work on that with him. But we want you to work on a different district with Gus Van Sant.” You also worked with Martin Scorsese on the Blue de Chanel campaign not long ago. He works so precisely and you can see that his team loves him so much that they work really hard. Looking back at your career and what you’ve accomplished, what else sticks out to you? I think one really memorable experience for me was on a film called ] He was really focused on his actors and that was really wonderful. I think I was around 17 years old when I had my first parts in feature films and that’s when I really started to get interested in all of cinema, not just acting.
We kept in touch for a bit and discussed making bigger films together, but this never happened. Marty knows exactly what he wants, how he’s going to get what he wants, and knows when he has it. I was really young at the time and that was a really important film for me. After high school, I went to film school for 2 years.