Interview with Stacey Martin: 'I was uprooted'

Interview with Stacey Martin: ‘I was uprooted’

What convinced you to join this project?
Stacy Martin – Getting into comedy was a challenge that attracted me, because it’s not a record that people are used to seeing me on. Then, I loved the idea that my character was searching for his identity through a transformed country, Greece, and found the way the script deals with the couple intriguing. Furthermore, she also fell in love with Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas. It shows that passion that young directors can have, and because the first movie is always created in a certain energy, I really wanted to make this one.

Do you have a special association with Greece?
Stacy Martin – Although I visited Athens and stayed briefly in Crete, I didn’t really know Greece. However, thanks to this movie, I fell in love with Serifos, the island of Cyclades that we filmed. It is not large, a little exploited, and less invaded by tourists than its neighbors, and this still makes it possible to live there simply. And specifically, I’ve always loved the wild, dry, hot nooks. In short, both conducive to vivid adventures.

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Was learning Greek a big challenge?
Stacy Martin – Yes, it was a challenge, but I was happy to tackle it, because this native language is great and I knew I would need a project like this to really get started. So, after I had some accommodations with languages, I took lessons and, once there, enjoyed practicing Greek with the locals, because I was able to connect the energy, sounds, expressions, and gestures and feed my personality with appropriate music in mind.

Is the tension this woman feels between her two sexualities a reflection of your own experience?
Stacy Martin – Certainly because if I was French-British, I also lived in Japan from the age of 7 to 13. So uprooting is also something I’ve experienced. This film shows how, in these circumstances, we are always looking for a ‘home’ that is ultimately just a fantasy made up of memories, people and often things are lost. From the script, this feeling was tangible and had a very strong resonance in me.

Was staying in London a way to make your nest?
Stacy Martin – Having traveled a lot, it was very important, really, to establish a base. London has become my home, but it is a cosmopolitan city where you see people of all cultures come and go. From this point of view, it is the city that resembles me the most.

Who is Vincent Diden’s partner?
Stacy Martin – It’s love! In addition to being a very funny guy, he is kind and generous and knows how to be subtle without indulging in any anguish. It was an opportunity to approach comedy with him, because he perfectly masters the rhythm and takes you at his own pace. I was amazed to see, depending on his various proposals, how we could push the comic cursor on or off. He was an outstanding partner

What did you learn from the great filmmakers you worked with?
Stacy Martin – All directors have taught me things through their techniques, cinema, or behaviour. What is interesting is the adaptation and entry into their world. Lars von Trier, with whom I took my first steps rutShow me how to tame the camera. Established, because I was able to ignore it. Michael Hazanavicius isolatedIt reminded me that acting was a childlike joy. So funny and deliberately boring, it brought us back to the fun and cheerful side of our profession. And on a group ofLoversNicole Garcia made me understand that the word ‘work’ was useless: she started the engine while she continued talking to us, as if she had left our hand very gently.

Is your style of acting more French than Anglo-Saxon?
Stacy Martin – I feel closer to the British and the Americans. I think it comes from my childhood in Japan, where I developed a certain work ethic and a very close look at what I produce. But I found, in some French actors, very inspiring people. Vincent Lyndon, for example, is a unique, fiery artist, passionate about cinema and those who make it. before i turn around The Last LoveBy Benoît Jacquot, he had advised me to watch several films, it was such a motivator. But it seems that the behavior of the actors is no longer really connected with cultures, because if we observe the work of Tahir Rahim, in particular, we discover an approach similar to that of the Anglo-Saxons. It’s amazing to see how much it is
Transforms to create a character. The fact that he’s totally dedicated to his role makes everything stronger and more human. Because he played his wife twice, in playersWritten by Marie Monge and in the Netflix series SerpentI can say he is the best actor I have worked with.

“A mixture of all cultures, London is the city that resembles me the most”

Has modeling allowed you to understand certain things about acting?
Stacy Martin – Not right. You gave me financial independence when I left Paris to settle in London, and allowed me to travel, but did not help me understand the lens, because the camera reveals you more intimately, capturing subtle feelings and emotions. Where it was necessary to help with the extras: especially playing the game of sparkle on the red carpets.

Is this where your passion for photography was born?
Stacy Martin – I’ve developed it before, because I’ve always liked to observe the world around me. It’s not my pleasure to take people in poses, but to capture small moments, a gesture, a laugh… I don’t consider myself a photographer at all, but I always put a laika on me.

What do you like to do when you are not working?
Stacy Martin – I read a lot, I like to leave the city to go on excursions in nature and I like to organize big tables to welcome my friends. They come from all over the world, but the advantage of London is that they all go there regularly.

What are you planning for this summer?
Stacy Martin – I just started shooting the new Eloïse Lang movie. It’s a comedy in which I, with Marie Papillon, two women go to a Belgian clinic to have a baby. Next, I will join Vincent McCain on the set of Martin Provost’s filming for a story about painter Pierre Bonnard, where I will camp Rene, a lover who committed suicide when he left her. And then, I have to play Armande The imaginary MoliereFilm, Oliver B. In short, you will understand, my summer will be persistent and I am happy!

I love GreeceBy Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas. Released on 6 July.

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