Beautiful People

Agnès Hurstel

Sunday 8 November 2020
Who are you? Can you tell us about your background?
My name is Agnes. I’m from Toulouse. I write and I act.
After taking advanced preparatory literature classes, how did you end up as an actress?
I took preparatory classes in literature at the Chaptal high school in Paris and then I got my Licence degree, the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, at La Sorbonne. After that, I took part in acting schools, contests, castings. At the same time, I was a waitress and I was writing plays that no one has ever read or acted in. I didn’t really know how I could get my foot in the door, how I could do things that I would enjoy. And then, one day, I discovered stand-up comedy in basements all over Paris, all night long. Where people talk about what overwhelms them about life, using the tools of a comedian: jokes. And the audience watching and laughing. I was obsessed with this, fascinated. I realized that this might be how I could build my writing and my thoughts, make my acting more natural, meet people and introduce myself. And I did this every day until I got a show. It was a lot of hard work.
Your texts are ultra-realistic. Where does your inspiration come from? Do you have a creative process?
Well, a lot of it is kind of autobiographical! Let’s just say that I start off with something that happened to me or that I saw or wanted or feared. Then, I take that as far as it will go to see where I end up. But there’s no specific process. Or maybe, in hindsight, it’s a sort of exorcism through fiction?
Are you working on new projects right now? Can you tell us about any?
I just finished shooting Jeune et Golri, an OCS series that I created with Léa Domenach and Victor St Macary, and in which I play a role. Fanny Sidney directed the eight episodes and the series was produced by The Film TV and Matthieu Sibony. The cast is amazing: Jonathan Lambert, Marie Papillon, Ophelia Kolb, Lison Daniel, Thomas Gioria, Baya Kasmi, Jeremy Lewin, Elie Benchimol, Marie Sohna Condé, Nordine Ganso, Paul Mirabel, Jérôme Lenotre, Jehanne Pasquet... This past summer, I had a role in François Uzan’s first film, shot in Greece: On sourit pour la photo. With Pablo Pauly, Pascale Arbillot, Jacques Gamblin and Ludovik. It was great. I can’t wait to see it. I also played the starring role in a wonderful podcast that came out several weeks ago. It’s available on Audible. It’s an audio fiction by Geraldine de Margerie. Somewhere between Connasse and 10 pour cent (Call My Agent, in English). I play Julie, a director shooting her first feature film, while everyone messes with her head. The cameos are incredible. It’s really funny, really well written.
This is the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a good film. Can you recommend three films for us?
Hmm… Me, Myself and Irene, Adaptation and Plein Soleil (Purple Noon, in English) and The Truman Show. And Amarcord. And Série Noire. And La Bûche (Season’s Beatings, in English) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It’s too hard to stop at three.
In a film, you have to wear the costume you’re given, but what is your take on fashion in the “real world”?
don’t really know. I like things that I’ve had for 10 years and that aren’t worth anything, but that are great. I like fabrics. Dresses. But I always wear jeans and sneakers. I don’t like to go shopping. I fill up my baskets on websites, but I never complete my orders. I like to treat myself to a bag or heels when I succeed at something, ha ha. I’m only now starting to tell myself: hey, you can dress like an adult now.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To visit apartments, to be a little mouse in people’s homes. See what day cream they use and what food they make for their kids or their girlfriends.
We are huge fans of your “La drôle d’humeur” radio show. How would you pitch the Sessùn girl?
The Sessùn girl? Maybe she’s fresh, normal, ambivalent? A fan of dried flowers and a screen addict. She buys pottery instead of starchy foods. She has kids, but she still thinks like a 17-year-old?

Agnès porte le pull Anya et la jupe en velours cotelé Simone,

Le jean Marino Rince avec la chemise à carreaux Delima

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