Saturday, May 14, 2016

The U.T.C.: Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux is one of those actresses who has appeared in films you have seen and probably liked, but can never place her name since she tends to have a small part in such films.

Yet while she has built quite a profile stateside, working with directors like Anderson, Tarantino, Allen, and Ridley Scott, she would get her true breakthrough in her native France with Blue Is The Warmest Color as the main character's love interest Emma. Her lead co-star Adele Exarchopoulos would take most of the breakthrough plaudits but Seydoux's performance as Emma is quite vital since she makes you see why she is both too hot to handle yet also too cold to hold.

After Blue Is The Warmest Color, Lea Seydoux would have a small role in The Grand Budapest Hotel and play a Bond girl in Spectre. But she has been able to find a bit of middle ground, balancing work in both English and French language productions. This year, she has a part in the dystopian black comedy The Lobster for director Yorgos Lanthimos and It's Only The End Of The World for Xavier Dolan opposite Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, and Vincent Cassel. While those two projects may or may not land Oscar traction, if she can continue to build up her stateside profile or land the right significant role back in her native France, we could see her help the list of French actresses that have already been nominated (Cotillard, Binoche, Deneuve, etc.) continue to grow.