Actress Sophie Marceau reveals she was asked to go topless at 16
Bond Girl Sophie Marceau, 55, reveals her ‘sadness’ over her time as a teenage actress because casting directors would ask her to go topless for auditions when she was 16
- Sophie Marceau, 55, reflected on controversial castings in early days of career
- She revealed how she was asked to take her top off by casting directors
- Actress said was scared she wouldn’t get good parts if she didn’t do as they said
Former Bond Girl Sophie Marceau has revealed how 60-year-old casting directors would ask her to strip off in auditions as a teenage actress – and said the process left her feeling ‘like nothing’.
The 55-year-old became a household name in France after starring in the teen rom-com La Boum at 13, and went on to charm international audiences in Braveheart in 1995 and in The World is Not Enough in 1999.
Speaking to The Telegraph about her rise to fame, Sophie, who is starring in Everything Went Fine, which is released in the UK this Friday, said she looked back on her teenage years with ‘sadness.’
She explained she felt distress ‘as a 16-year-old girl, when those 50- to 60-year-old guys [in casting sessions] asked me: ‘Take off your shirt because it’s a sexy scene.’ They would order me as though I were nothing.
‘You can’t use your age or authority to ask a young girl to undress. No way! I know it was wrong. But also, I was many times unsure what to do. I was an actress and I wanted the good parts. I understand why girls are taken advantage of.’
Former Bond Girl Sophie Marceau has revealed how 60-year-old casting directors would ask her to strip off in auditions as a teenage actress – and said the process left her feeling ‘like nothing’
Marceau became a household name in her home country after starring in the teen rom-com La Boum, aged 13 (pictured)
Calling fame ‘a violent shock’, she explained: ‘When you get famous so young, you protect yourself by creating a bubble around your vulnerability.
‘The price you pay for safety is isolation. I see it now in the eyes of so many celebrities. The more famous they get the more lonely they become.’
The actress went on to say that people confused her with the character of Vic she played in La Boum and its sequel, La Boum 2, which added to her sentiment of alienation.
However, she said she saw her much older ex-partner Andrzej Zulawski, a Polish film director whom she started dating when she was 16 and he was 32, as her protector and her ‘shield.’
The actress found international fame starring alongside Pierce Brosnan in The World is Not Enough in 1999 (pictured)
Speaking of Andrzej, whom she dated for 16 years and who died of cancer in 2016, Sophie said he was protecting her from the public scrutiny she was under as French cinema’s new bright young thing.
She said becoming famous at a young age meant she hasn’t matured like other people and that she feels young and old at the same time.
The actress, whose parents were a lorry driver and a shop assistant, explained she had to isolate herself in order to protect her privacy in her teens.
Meanwhile she also revealed how she is thankful to her parents for grounding her in those early days and making sure she was treated fairly.
The actress started dating Polish director Andrzej Zulawski when she was 16 and he was 32 (Pictured together in 1985, when she was 18)
While she’s been praised for her looks throughout her career, Sophie, who played the sultry Bond villain Elektra King opposite Pierce Brosnan, is laid back about ageing.
She said she knows beauty fades, and that she doesn’t want to spend her time obsessing over her ageing looks.
She added she thinks she cannot be more beautiful now than how she used to be, and that she does not want to chase eternal youth.
She said that she is happy pursuing her work and that it means she needs to feel emotions, not obsess over her wrinkles.
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