Seen and heard in Cannes
Actors Adele Exarchopoulos, left, and Lea Seydoux pose during a photo call for the film La Vie D'Adele at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS FOR ACTRESS AS DAD WATCHES LOVE SCENES:
Talk about awkward.
Not only did Adele Exarchopoulos' father watch the graphic sex scenes between her and another woman in Cannes Palme d'Or-winning "Blue Is The Warmest Color (The Life of Adele)," she was with him when he took in the film at its premiere.
"During the love scenes I was ill at ease with my father being there, but at the same time I wanted him to be there. And I knew that he would probably have a very good reaction because it's all a question of intelligence and he's intelligent and therefore would understand," said Exarchopoulos.
"During the sex scene I was looking at him, like, 'Oh my god, how does he feel' because I don't want to make him uncomfortable, you know?" the 19-year-old said in an interview. "I think I was trying to take a certain distance from what was happening during the love scenes."
In the film, Exarchopoulos stars as 15-year-old Adele. She's heterosexual, but after meeting co-star Lea Seydoux's Emma, falls in love and begins to struggle with her sexuality. On Sunday, Steven Spielberg's jury awarded the festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or, to "Life of Adele" director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film's two stars.
Exarchopoulos said she and Seydoux shared nervous giggles before filming the intimate scenes, but that's it.
"It really developed, there was no choreography at all. We tried to put ourselves in the situation, and it helped in a way that I was new to the situation because my character is new to the situation as well," she said. "So it was all right that I was destabilized. Lea was leading me and I was kind of following in the flow. But I must say it was a strong thing to play."
This is one of two films Seydoux is promoting at this year's festival. The other, "Grand Central," from director Rebecca Zlotowski, is showing in the Un Certain Regard category.
The actress, who cut her hair and dyed it blue for "Adele," said she liked the challenge of her role.
"I really enjoyed playing this part, this tomboy even if it was very difficult sometimes. I like to play parts that are complex, and I like ambiguity and I like contradictions as well, she's like, I like to really give something very subtle," she said.
—Reetu Rupal, http://www.twitter.com/r2today
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