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Interviews about The New Girlfriend



Interview with François Ozon

François Ozon & Anaïs DemoustierWhere did you get the idea for the new girlfriend?

The film is a loose adaptation of a 15-page short story by Ruth Rendell, similar in tone and spirit to the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In it, a woman discovers that her friend’s husband is a closet crossdresser. He becomes a girlfriend to her, but when he declares his love and tries to make love with her, she kills him. I read the short story at the time of summer dress, some twenty years ago, and wrote a faithful adaptation for a short film, but I couldn’t get financing or find the right cast so I abandoned the project.

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Interview with Romain Duris

How did you get involved in the new girlfriend?

François Ozon called me and said he wanted to talk to me about a role.“I think you’re going to like it because I’ve heard you want to play a woman.” And that was true. I’d wanted to play a woman ever since childhood, when my big sister would dress me up as a girl for dinner with the family or with friends of my parents. I was her doll and I loved it. Maybe the simple pleasure of being a girl back then was already a way for me to be an actor!

 

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Interview with Anaïs Demoustier

Tell us about your first meetings with François Ozon.

The first few times we met, François was pretty skeptical. He was still wondering a lot about the character of Claire and how old she should be. I did some tests, with the casting director running lines. I was not very convincing! Luckily, I did some more tests later with Romain, and those went great. Paradoxically, it’s a film that hinges on the interplay between two people of the opposite sex. Our chemistry totally worked.

 

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