The Breakout Star of Titane Is Vuitton’s Latest Muse

Picture: James D. Kelly. Courtesy of  Louis Vuitton

Agathe Rousselle is aware of the best way to electrify an viewers. The 33-year-old star of Titane made waves on the pageant circuit because of her breakout efficiency in Julia Ducournau’s genre-bending physique horror. Together with her movie debut topping 2021’s “better of” lists—and taking dwelling the Cannes Movie Pageant’s coveted Palme d’Or again in July—Rousselle is experiencing her second within the highlight and studying what it’s prefer to current a thought-provoking mission to the world. “As soon as it’s on the market, you need to relinquish management as a result of the film doesn’t belong to you anymore,” she shared on the telephone from Paris. “It’s a bit like setting one thing free; I’m relieved to see that it’s taken on a lifetime of its personal, and now it belongs to the eyes of the viewers.” 

Initially from France, Rousselle all the time knew she’d pursue artwork, however her alternative of medium modified regularly. Acting on display was all the time the top aim, however she labored as a photographer, casting director, and mannequin earlier than touchdown her huge break. “I’ve wished to carry out my total life; There’s video footage of me at 5 placing on reveals for my dad and mom,” she says. “I had a dozen completely different lives in my twenties, however performing was all the time behind my thoughts. I used to be modeling, doing brief movies, and showing in music movies. If there was an opportunity to be in entrance of the digicam, I’d take it as a result of I wished to study every little thing.” 

Rousselle’s tenacity ultimately led her to Ducournau, who, recent from the success of her provocative debut characteristic Uncooked, was able to convey one other daring story to the large display. Most actors start their careers with minor roles, however Rousselle’s efficiency anchors Titane. As Alexia, a girl pushed to obsession and homicide by her attraction to vehicles, she’s on the middle of the motion. Getting into Ducournau’s world and portraying a one-of-a-kind character would have been a problem for seasoned performers, however first-timer Rousselle threw herself into the function. “Since this was my first characteristic, on daily basis was new and thrilling,” she says. “The complete course of was extraordinarily intense, however I’d been warned by [Julia], so I knew what I used to be stepping into.” 

Ducournau proved a great collaborator. “She teaches you the best way to push your boundaries to an extent you’ll have by no means thought potential,” says Rousselle. “It was demanding but additionally extremely enriching. I realized a lot from these experiences.” To get into the half, Rousselle took dance classes, labored with a motion coach, and overcame her squeamishness to brush up on horror motion pictures, together with Ducournau’s debut. “Usually, I can’t watch them, however I needed to do my homework,” says Rousselle. “Uncooked, in fact, wasn’t as terrifying as I believed it might be. A few scenes have been tough to look at, however as soon as I did, I had a greater concept of what I used to be getting myself into.”


The fearlessness Rousselle is ready to show on display might have one thing to do together with her consolation in entrance of the digicam, one thing honed throughout her time as a mannequin. “In a manner I do know the style business higher than I do the movie business,” says Rousselle, who discovered time throughout Paris Trend Week to pop up within the entrance row of reveals like Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. Her familiarity with style additionally knowledgeable her expertise of the collections. “I’ve walked in reveals and attended earlier than, however this season was my first time within the entrance row,” she says. “Trend week is that this attractive, glamorous circus the place there’s a present inside every present. Everyone seems to be watching everybody else, however that’s what makes it entertaining.” 

Throughout Vuitton’s spring 2022 present on the Louvre final Tuesday Rousselle noticed the look she’d ultimately put on to Titane’s London premiere on Saturday. When mannequin Miriam Sanchez got here down the runway in a clear black robe detailed with lace embroidery and crystals, Rousselle was captivated. “The gown was so dreamy I took out my telephone and took an image of it,” she says. “I hoped that I might perhaps put on it someday, however whenever you see a gown like that you just assume, ‘effectively they’re by no means going to let me put on this; it’s far too valuable.’”

The piece was knowledgeable by the nineteenth century and traditional designers like Paul Poiret and Erté. Nonetheless, inventive director Nicolas Ghesquière and crew felt that trendy magnificence Rousselle was the suitable particular person to convey the fantastical look into the actual world. “Having somebody like him in my nook feels nice,” says Rousselle, who was the primary particular person to put on the gathering on the purple carpet. “Doing occasions and promotions might be so intense, it’s essential to have a defend and a help system. To have an individual who’s rooting for you, desires you to succeed, and needs you to look good is vital, so I’m extremely grateful.” 

Naturally, Rousselle wore her fresh-from-the-runway Vuitton look with swagger, contrasting the piece’s frilly particulars with a rock ’n’ roll magnificence second involving a platinum spiked coif and deep purple lipstick. Some may name her tackle style “punk,” however Rousselle prefers to not label issues. “I simply put on what I like,” she says. “Folks all the time check with me as a punk, however I believe it’s simply because I do as I please. In the end, I’m simply having enjoyable with garments [and] it was good to take this fantasy into actuality.” 

Having charmed each critics and the style crowd, Rousselle is prepared for no matter comes subsequent—particularly if it’s utterly left of discipline. “My solely hope is that no matter I get to do subsequent is completely different. I simply don’t wish to develop into trapped in a selected function; it might be nice to strive a thriller or one thing experimental,” she says, citing filmmakers like David Fincher and Richard Curtis as favorites. “After this, I’d be so blissful to do a comedy—working with Will Ferrell is one in every of my goals!” 

Beneath, Rousselle shares an intimate take a look at her preparing course of for the BFI London Movie Pageant

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