Interview: Ludiane de Brocéliande

Déborah, 2nd female role

A committed poet who leaves no one indifferent, she has received two literary prizes, including one for her novel: "Thaler's Syndrome". She currently expresses herself in the 7th art with passion. Film actress, short and feature films, commercials or institutional films, she has the ability to enter the character's skin through emotions.

  • How do you go from writing to acting?

The most natural in the world. To write is to plunge into the emotional universe. In poetry as in prose, I make films in my head before putting them down on paper. They're always very strong. Never mawkish. That's life, death too. The stage has come to impose itself on me to give me the freedom to express with all the fibres of my body what my soul has so often said through the pen.

  • What are the similarities between the two disciplines?

There are many of them! Taking a risk ... ! Engaged poetry exposes me. I expose my soul, the light, the darkness, my tears, my heartbreaks, my blows too. The actor takes risks. He exposes himself entirely, gives himself. The actor and the writer sail on the ocean of emotion but not in the same way because the writer is alone in front of himself while the actor is directed and works as a team. 

  • What do you like about acting?

The work of the emotions, the sharing, the interaction between the actors but also the one we have with all the protagonists of the profession like all those people in the shadows we talk so little about. I'm thinking here of the hairdressers and make-up artists, technicians, producers, directors ... On a set, we meet some wonderful people who still allow us to believe that this world is not completely rotten.

  • Who's Deborah? Why play this role?

Deborah's a lively flay. Cardiac surgeon, head of surgery. The heart is her whole life. She lost her twin brother to a congenital heart defect when she was seven. It broke her. She vowed to save others if she couldn't do it for him. Sterile, she suffers from not being able to meet Marc's expectations. She can't stand her neighbour or her "Barbie Girl" attitude, not out of jealousy, but because she fears over seeing David unhappy. He is her first heart transplant, which makes their relationship very strong. When Jérôme Campion offered me this role, I was thrilled by the richness of this somewhat ambivalent character. Deborah is a strong/weak woman who probably looks like me, somewhere.

  • Why go to Case? 

So you don't die a fool! (Laughs) Seriously..." Case" is anything but mundane. A short film on the fringe of the expected, the common, the adulterated. The actors are a bunch of friends and Jérôme Campion has managed to channel our energies with respect and rigour. We had a lot of fun, the viewer will undoubtedly feel this coherence, this complicity on the screen. Case is already being talked about and those who have not seen him will never understand why. 

By Lola Dubrunfaut