Since #MeToo, Léa Seydoux feels “a global change” on set

The actress, starring in Quentin Dupieux’s film, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, claims to have experienced the “before” and “after” movement for freedom of speech. According to her, familiarity now gives way to respect for actresses.

“I see that there is respect on set, sometimes there is no longer this familiarity, even for intimate scenes. I feel this global change, that respect is more present”, declared Léa Seydoux on Wednesday. The French actress on the bill at Second act by Quentin Dupieux, who opened the 77e Cannes Festival, attributes this development to #MeToo and the freedom of speech on sexual assault in cinema.

“The film also plays with that, also talks about this movement of freedom of speech which was fundamental. I am also witness to this change, I was also an actress before and now I see the after”underlined the one who received a palme d’or for The Life of Adele in 2013 alongside his partner Adèle Exarchopoulos and director Abdellatif Kechiche.

Shortly after, she denounced the tyrannical character of the director, the hundreds of takes for the same scene, attracting lasting enmity from Kechiche. “Kechiche is crazy. He is crazy. He was manipulating us, and it was extremely difficult psychologically.”she declared to the magazine Deadline . Adèle Exarchopoulos, whose first major role was at 19, spoke about “ten full days of filming” the very long and very crude sex scene.

“Even though mishaps happened to me, I was an actress who was very lucky when I started. I worked with people, I was respected all the same, well more or less…”however, nuanced Léa Seydoux. “I cannot compare myself to some who have experienced extremely serious things.” She also highlighted that her status as a recognized actress “protected”. “It’s still more difficult when you’re a young actress. When we are vulnerable”she stressed.

Promoted to headliner in 2008 in The beautiful person by Christophe Honoré, rereading of the Princess of Clèves, Léa Seydoux, 38 years old, has since appeared in two James Bondand Mission impossible, Dune 2 and boasts an impressive filmography, from Wes Anderson to Xavier Dolan via Bruno Dumont. Léa Seydoux is also one of the women who denounced the behavior of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017. She said she had received sexual advances from directors with whom she worked.

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