the blue Bicycle which revealed the actress, Laetitia Casta imposes with
glare, in studio or on large screen, her double career. Ambassadress in
particular of L'Oréal, effigy of the Galleries Lafayette, this young mom
who knew to sing so well with Catherine Deneuve for Yves Saint Laurent,
has made a new main role for last film of Patrice Leconte, Rue of the
Pleasures , and overflows of projects. With when a great return to
MAG: -You sacrificed your blonde hair for a short and dark brown haircut.
Hasn't that annoyed you at all?
Laetitia Casta: No, it was logical. My role
is a girl hard and modern. We searched with Patrice Leconte among the
photos of the era. There was this poster of Ginette Leclerc...I had to cut
my hair...But I don't get fussy about it, That did them good and it will
grow back even stronger!
TV MAG: -A
film which is taking place in the same era with the "Blue Bicycle",
but in which you play a prostitute...
Laetitia Casta: It's purely random.
What counts for me, is getting to different roles; going to different
worlds. After "Street of Pleasures", I feel grown up. It's a
great gift. I don't consider myself as someone who comes from a cinematic
family. When I like a project, I get deeper into it. It's necessary for it
to have an ability to start things within me; necessary to make me feel
capable of doing it.
TV MAG: -What did you like into this one?
Laetitia Casta: That the heroine,
despite all that she lived and endured, continues to believe in great
MAG: -Raoul Rouiz & Patrice Leconte have directed you in the movies.
Could you return to the TV?
Laetitia Casta: Yes, why not? I'm not
going to snob it. I started from there and I'm grateful to it. Why should
I not care out of the blue about a medium which helped me? It wouldn't be
good; it wouldn't be honest.
TV MAG: -Are there any projects that you're
Laetitia Casta: Lots of them. If I don't feel
comfortable with the role. If I don't believe myself capable of it. I'm
not a workaholic. I don't fear that everything would stop, even if I
wouldn't have to shoot a film anymore for 3 or 4 years.
TV MAG: -And exactly, do you have any projects
for the time being?
Laetitia Casta: There very important
different things under negotiation. I hope that it will all be done. I'm
very excited from before it finally happens. But as nothing is signed
TV MAG: -To know well the image, to know how
to move, doesn't this remove the trace in the movies?
Laetitia Casta: This helps. Generally, on
the first take, I have no fear. On the contrary, on the second one, I
realize a danger! But this realization is a menace which does so much
good! My greatest track? When Catherine Deneuve & I sang "My
greatest love story is you" for Yves Saint Laurent. I have to say
that neither him nor Pierre Berge were notified of that. We didn't know
whether he would appreciate the surprise. It's like a letter, a gift that
we had secretly prepared. Moreover, due to the music of the show, I
couldn't bring the words in my head...We were moved so much...
MAG: -Exactly, in "Street of Pleasures" you sing equally much...
Laetitia Casta: You know, I sing the same way
I speak. It's not perfect. That one has made me passionate to do it
because I sang at the same time with the sixty musicians. I wanted to find
myself again into the theme of the era. Patrice Leconte was enthusiastic.
I was telling myself as long as this passes well...Finally, there is more
emotion rather than perfection. It's what we wanted. For myself that I
don't come from a musical environment, I found that magical.
MAG: -Does that give you the aspiration of singing even more?
Laetitia Casta: If it were to do something
experimental and artistic. An original thing which would never have been
done before, of course. But to sing so as to put a disc in circulation and
become a product, no thanks.
TV MAG: -You
always share your life between Paris and New York?
Laetitia Casta: I'm a nomad. I like moving. I
adore New York. One feels free there. One walks a lot and can dress in
fluorescent orange, nobody turns their eyes on you. But if my filming
projects become specific, I'll come back again to settle down in Paris. On
the side of New York, there's the calmness. Almost like the country!
TV MAG: -Between the film of Raul Ruiz and
that of Patrice Leconte you became a mother. What changed into your life?
Laetitia Casta: Everything; for life itself!
It's corny to say so, but it's simply the most beautiful thing that exists
in the world. One matures, gets more confidence in oneself. The priorities
are different. But there's nothing really special to say. I'm simply
feeling like millions of anonymous women who brought their child in the
TV MAG: -Bearing a child at 23 in the middle
of the full blowing of your career, that could very well put obstacles in
Laetitia Casta: But I'm neither career woman,
nor an opportunist. I don't want to sacrifice myself for this profession.
I prefer living the things deeply. Happiness is THE important thing.
TV MAG: -And are YOU happy?
Laetitia Casta: There are moments, yes, and
others where it's not that good. I'm a woman like the rest of the people!
But I have no reason not to be for the time being. I find that life is
really not bad at all!
TV MAG: -What can disappoint you then?
Laetitia Casta: Sometimes I give a lot and
the result is not up to my expectations. But that doesn't bring my enthusiasm
down. I'm constantly searching for the development. I hope I'll still be
like that when I'm 90.
TV MAG: -You certainly have the time...
Laetitia Casta: I have so many things to do.
Every day, I'm having new aspirations. I'm discovering the volume of all
that I have yet to know. To go at the theater, watch all the works of
Tryffaut and Duviver, to retrieve old books, to travel. To meet new
people, learn new words. It's necessary for me to live too long so as to
do it all.
TV MAG: -Today, do you feel more an actress or
Laetitia Casta: There isn't one profession to
take it all. It's all woven together. It's a question of harmony and of
taking risks as well. When we know things by heart, routine is preying us;
but making the advertise campaign of Galleries Lafayette with Jean Paul Goude,
it's truly a hilarious adventure.
DOIGTS D'OR. (remark by GOLDFINGER)
collected by Elisabeth Perrin