Léa Seydoux covers ASOS Magazine April 2012. The 26-year-old French actress had small parts in ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and ‘Robin Hood’ yet she has been chosen by Woody Allen to play in his latest award-winning film ‘Midnight in Paris’ and she starred alongside Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’. She is also the face of Prada’s Candy perfume and its 2012 Resort line.
In the interview with the magazine, Seydoux talks about fashion, Miuccia Prada, suffering from shyness, but also about working with Tom Cruise and Woody Allen.
Speaking about fashion, Léa told ASOS that, “I am not a fashion addict. I don’t want to be judged by what I wear, I don’t want to show who I am immediately. I like to be chic and I like people who have style, but I prefer charisma over fashion. I don’t really care to be ‘a la mode’, or into trends. What I like is people who have their own style.”
On Miuccia Prada, the lovely actress confesses that, “I really like the woman that Miuccia is. She does what she wants, she’s very free and I really like that. I like to be inspired. Woody Allen too, those people are great inventors. I think you need, in life, to ‘become’ someone with what you do. You know Nietzsche? He said that what you do is what you are. I believe in that.”
Léa admits that she never planned to be an actress. “I’m going to tell you the truth. I was very bad at school, and I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to become an actress. It was a choice. I had met a guy who was an actor and I remember thinking, what a great life. You can wake up when you want, you are in charge of yourself and at the same time, you travel all around the world, meeting fantastic people. I met him in the street, just outside this cafe on a bench, and I fell in love and I thought, ‘I want to be like him, I want to do cinema. I want to be a poet.’ So that’s why I did it,” she told the magazine.
Seydoux also reveals in the interview that in her teenage years she suffered from shyness. “I think that in a way, all actresses are shy, but with me, it was almost a disease. I was extremely shy when I was younger, and would blush red like a tomato. And I’m still very shy. I remember meeting Tom Cruise at the beginning of filming ‘Mission: Impossible’, and I was blushing constantly. But he is extremely nice and an extraordinary actor. I remember on the set just watching him and being completely absorbed. Totally. It was such a great experience,” the young actress confesses.
On working with Woody Allen, Léa says that, “And then working with Woody Allen – it was great, great, great. I was really excited to do a movie with him. He’s my favourite director, so it was a big moment for me. You know he writes during the filming? He has the whole thing in his head, but it changes all the time. He’s like, ‘OK, this is your text, but you can say what you want, you can change the line, or the words.’ It’s so easy to work with him! We had a really strong connection – everything that he says rings true to me. It was like meeting a friend.”
When it comes to her future, Léa Seydoux admits that she doesn’t plan anything. “I don’t make any plans. I just want to see what life is, where it takes you. I’m not planning anything. Life is so scary, and you can’t control everything,” the actress says.
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