Camille Cottin is having a good year. As more and more people locked at home tuned in Call my agent!(Dix pour penny), the Netflix series in which he stars, his profile has risen internationally. The comedy / drama about the trials and tribulations of a Parisian talent agency had already helped her land Hollywood movie jobs before the pandemic, and now she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on as she continues to build an enviable cross-border resume.
The Paris native, who spent 12 to 17 years living in London when her family moved for her stepfather’s job, will appear in two films at Cannes this year, including the closing title of the Directors’ Fortnight. Our men (Mon Legionnaire) by Rachel Lang and Tom McCarthy’s Out of Competition Drama. Still water.
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Both films tackle serious issues (more on that later), which may seem out of place for an actress who broke out locally on Canal + ‘s hidden camera sketch series. Connasse (literally translated: Female dog) in which she inserted herself into everyday situations and turned unsuspecting Parisians upside down (one notorious episode featured her making penis-shaped balloon animals at a children’s birthday party). Connasse spawned a feature film in 2015, The parisian bitch, Princess of hearts, also a hidden camera comedy, which saw her travel to London in an attempt to marry Prince Harry.
Cottin got his start in the theater, while also studying English, and did everything from Feydeau’s comedies to Bulgakov’s. The Master and Margarita. Although she also played the antagonist in season 3 of the BBC drama. Killing EvaMany of his French film roles have been in comedies. Unsurprisingly, Cottin prefers not to be defined by gender. “I think comedy, like drama, can provoke emotions,” he says. “That’s what I’m looking for. For me, it’s all about pacing. I see comedy as fast-paced drama. Chaplin is dramatic, but he goes so fast that we laugh at him.”
Call my agent! it encompasses both worlds, just as Cottin is doing in his career. Her character, Andrea of tight fabrics, says, “She is not a funny person; it is very rare that he laughs. She is always focused, always stressed. He spends his life trying to solve problems. It really is the situations that are fun and she always stumbles. I try to keep a small distance where we know we are playing, that is also part of the comedy, so it is a minimum complicity with the public. We fully embrace situations that are sometimes dramatic, but it’s also the way they are handled that makes comedy. “
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Cottin got the acting bug at a very young age. “It was the pleasure of playing, of dressing up,” he says. “This kind of imaginary parallel that was very much present in me – I had a good number of imaginary friends. The pleasure of being transported to a different universe than the real one was something that was always present for me. “
Drama school was a great outing, but studying English in college at the same time was just as fun. “I really liked the university because there was autonomy. I had been very unhappy at school because I don’t like being limited, I don’t like discipline, I don’t like people on my back. College was really a nice way to work; You didn’t have to go to class, you turned in your work and were present for the exams; you were completely free to work however you wanted. “Studying a combination of American and English history and contemporary literature was a bonus.” I would recommend to anyone who wants to do art studies that they do college at the same time. “
He was able to exercise his acting muscles right after school, playing “in tiny halls in Paris that could seat 30 people” and doing fringe theater at the prestigious Avignon Festival.
Living in London during her teens was especially beneficial for her future career and the path she is currently taking. “I went to the Lycée Français in London, but there is a very helpful environment and the English classes are of a very high standard, so I became very familiar with the language, the accents.” She objects: “It doesn’t mean that I speak English very, very well, I often search for words, but I love it. There is something nice about learning. “
Cottin’s First Big Hollywood Movie Robert Zemeckis’ 2016 Was a Drama Ally with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. He auditioned for it and got the part; she has said that Pitt did not recall working with her previously on a Wes Anderson-directed commercial for SoftBank. Ally came a moment before Call my agent! It had been hugely successful, but the series definitely helped her pick up other studio movie work. The show, which debuted on France 2 in 2015, “really helped me,” says Cottin of her career path.
Get the paper Killing Eva, she says serendipity. “The producer liked it Call my agent! and I met with British agents who asked me, ‘What British series do you like?’ I cited Peaky blinders other Killing Eva. “A meeting was arranged with a producer about the latter, who told him that they liked to write for specific actors.” They called me and had written me the role of Hélène. “
Keeping up with the serious material, Cottin auditioned for Still water after McCarthy consulted with a former French casting director who suggested his name. A producer of the film had also seen Call my agent! and I talked to McCarthy about it, but the director himself didn’t know anything about the show. “He met me at the audition, so he took what I gave him in that instant without being tainted by a label. When you meet people who don’t know anything about you, or you admit you don’t know anything, it’s very liberating. There is something special about meeting someone who knows nothing about you and who accepts you as you are in the moment. “
On Still water She co-stars with Matt Damon, who plays Bill Baker, a father who travels from Oklahoma to France to be with his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims not to have committed. Cottin’s character Virginie is a stage actress raising a daughter alone. “She will help this totally lost American try to advance the investigation to try to prove his daughter’s innocence.”
Cottin received the script from Still water, which he filmed in Marseille from August to October 2019, while in Corsica for his other Cannes title, Our men. In Rachel Lang’s film, Cottin and Louis Garrel co-star in supporting roles as a married couple. Ina Marija Bartaité, a young Lithuanian actress and daughter of director Šarūnas Bartas, is the protagonist of the film, playing a young woman who falls in love with a soldier but discovers that they cannot marry. It will be a bittersweet premiere at Cannes, Cottin sighs, because Bartaité lost his life at age 25. “It’s very sad,” she says, “because she died this year after being hit by a drunk driver while riding her bike.”
Lang is a real-life army reservist in France and has produced a story about the living condition of soldiers and the difficulties they face returning home, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder. “They are too afraid to talk about it,” explains Cottin, “because it can have serious consequences on their careers. The film focuses on women who are heavily controlled by the Legion and face an omnipresence of the army in their lives and a great absence from their men, even when they return. “
Next, Cottin will appear in Ridley Scott’s Gucci house playing Paola Franchi, Maurizio Gucci’s (Adam Driver) girlfriend. She shot the MGM movie in Italy earlier this year and says of Scott: “He has incredible energy. It is surprising, he shoots very fast and knows exactly what he wants, but at the same time he is attentive to the smallest detail. He is very open and always receives proposals with great enthusiasm. Even when we read together, he wanted to know what I thought of the character, how I wanted to interpret him and what I thought of the story. “De Driver, he notes that it was” very welcoming and there was a very strong artistic universe. “
Being close to all these major Hollywood actors on your recent forays, have you been dazzled in any way? Cottin laughs, “At first we are dazzled, and the funny thing is, once you are at work, then you are in awe of the talent. At a certain point it’s like playing tennis with a better partner, you become better. It’s very nice because, particularly with American actors, there is something that is very full in the way they engage in their roles and explore situations. “
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Cottin says there is no new news about a possible fifth season of Call my agent!, but he suspects there might be a movie. “I think if they have the material, they will. They won’t commit if they don’t have something. “Meanwhile, the British version started shooting in May in London:” If they propose a cameo, “says Cottin.” Obviously I’d be happy to do it. “
And looking ahead? “There are many people that I admire and many meetings that would make me very happy. It should be noted that something very interesting is happening with female personalities who are actors, producers, directors who are creating their own work. There’s all this energy. “She quotes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, Reese Witherspoon and Frances McDormand. Would Cottin try to follow the same path? . “