For Netflix viewers, he is among the most famous French faces of the moment, appearing in three hits: call my agent, The crown Y Emily in Paris, which returns for a third season on December 21. It’s quite a change for Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, 59, who never expected this level of international fame.
She credits Cedric Klapisch, director of call my agentwith getting her “out of the coffin” after her career stalled at forty.
But it’s her role as Sylvie Grateau, head of a luxury marketing agency who reluctantly takes on the naive young American Emily, that has made Leroy-Beaulieu a global star.
She enjoys the caustic part.
“There’s a type of American, like Emily, who wants to take over the world and thinks she can do everything better than everyone else, but then she meets someone like me who says, ‘I’m Asterix and I won’t let you pass!'” he said. Leroy-Beaulieu with a smile, invoking the beloved French comic book star fighting against the Roman Empire.
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Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu on vulnerability
Leroy-Beaulieu’s career began strongly in the 1980s, with an award-nominated turn in three men and a bassinet (remade by Hollywood as three men and a baby).
But she never expected to become the embodiment of Parisian style for foreign audiences, having struggled to adjust to the city after arriving from Italy as a child.
his character in Emily in Paris it’s a playful collection of clichés about French women: elegant, slim, scornful, sitting on sky-high heels, cigarette permanently lodged in their mouths.
However, Leroy-Beaulieu says the show challenges stereotypes while having fun with them.
“These characters show the importance of breaking certain rules of behavior, that people have many facets and you can’t judge them at face value,” he said.
There were moments in the second season where Grateau’s tough facade was broken, such as when she was mistaken for the mother of her young lover at a restaurant.
“In season three, we’ll see more of his vulnerability,” Leroy-Beaulieu said.
objects of desire
The sex life of older women has been a hot topic this year, featuring in Good luck to you Big Leo with Emma Thompson, and the French film The passengerwhose protagonist Cecile de France recently called on filmmakers to “stop only showing young women as objects of desire”.
Leroy-Beaulieu is wary of the idea that French women are more liberated.
“Compared to American Women, who are usually prisoners of certain codes, have this reputation (of freedom)… but it is not necessarily true,” she said.
Still, despite the series’ many light-hearted clichés, her character has been an inspiration to many. “Even if she is malicious, she can handle any situation,” said Yvonne Hazelton, an American writer living in Paris.
It can also relate to the character’s liberated love life.
“I got divorced in my early fifties and for someone of my generation, when you get divorced, the level of freedom is incredible,” Hazelton said.
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This story is published via AFP Relaxnews.