Noémie Merlant, actress with a beating heart

Noémie Merlant, actress with a beating heart

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PortraitRevealed in 2019 by “Portrait of the young girl on fire”, by Céline Sciamma, she has since continued to chain roles, with Jacques Audiard and Louis Garrel in particular. This summer she is releasing “Mi iubita mon amour”, her first film as a director, a solar and serious comedy.

Actress Noémie Merlant, in Paris, June 15, 2022.

A slight shake of the head. Barely visible. But ultimately very tricky. When a baby starts screaming at the next table, on the terrace of this Parisian bistro, Noémie Merlant leans towards the smartphone placed in the recorder position. His voice must be heard, of course. But not only. “It will be easier to decipher my words. »

Her friends praise her concern for others. The filmmakers with whom she has worked note her constant commitment. She herself admits that she observes everything that happens. She smiles. As often during the interview. She also worries about the words she utters, makes sure she is understood, sends a text message to clarify a thought or add information. Like this one, arriving at 5:45 p.m., less than two hours after the interview ended: “Thanks to my sister, I watched a lot of Asian films when I was a teenager. Especially horror movies. I also really like to see Bruce Lee or Jet Li fight. »

“I put things into perspective, I see how the job works, I prepare myself for the fact that everything could end. » Noemie Merlant

It’s true that neither kung fu nor karate were a topic of conversation. No more The Chase (2017), a very violent Korean thriller by Kim Hong-seon that she adores. We were a thousand miles from imagining Noémie Merlant addicted to kicks, slit throats and movies full of monsters. But the actress and director has probably not finished surprising. She just takes her time. Here is an artist brought to light after a career provided with more or less interesting appearances. She moves at her own pace. “Given my anxious character, it’s probably better. I put things into perspective, I see how the job works, I prepare myself for the fact that everything could end. » We should reassure her: the end of her career is certainly not for tomorrow.

“His commitment is very moving. Noémie is a top athlete. I have a lot of admiration for the power of his desire. » Céline Sciamma, director

The explosion took place at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Noémie is 30 years old and the public discovers her in Portrait of a girl on fire, by Céline Sciamma, opposite Adèle Haenel. She is a painter. She observes. Moves in light movements. “There is a before and an after the film by Céline”, launches Noémie Merlant. In 2018, there were already paper flags, by Nathan Ambrosioni, in which she plays a woman who finds her brother who has been in prison. Guillaume Gouix is ​​white-hot, Noémie tries to appease him. She is already her character, intense gaze, understanding smile. Like always. “His commitment is very moving, notes Celine Sciamma. Noémie is a top athlete. I have a lot of admiration for the power of his desire. »

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