A while back we reviewed Lifetime’s Coco Chanel made-for-tv movie, and it was clear from our readers and from our search engine results, that the ladies love Olivier Sitruk, the French actor who played Coco Chanel‘s amour, Boy Capel. When we saw how much the ladies liked Mr. Sitruk, we did a small story on him. Little did we know that it would be our most popular story ever, with women from all over the country making M.I.S.S. the unofficial spot to get together and share their Olivier Sitruk discoveries. This got us thinking, why don’t we contact him and see if he’ll do an interview? To our surprise and delight, not only did Olivier get back to us, he gave us the honor of interviewing him. After several emails and weeks, we are happy and excited to present our interview with Olivier Sitruk. . .
How did you get your start in acting?
I got my start in acting by studying! In NICE, the place where I was born, and after in PARIS. Of course I was not already paid for acting but my passion and destiny start at this time. I start on stage, I work in prison or with handicap people and make my first movie in 1992. In this movie, I was dying after 5 minutes, in the second one after 30 . . . now I die at the end!
Did you know about the man ‘Boy Capel’ before you auditioned for his part?
No, and not a lot about COCO CHANEL also, but there is so many book about her!
Read the rest of the interview after the jump!
Your English accent was very convincing! Was it difficult playing an English man?
I’m sorry to say that my voice in English, it’s not mine, the character was English, and, I have a French accent when I speak . . . but we shoot the movie in English, even for the French TV. I had to dub it in French!
Do you have any upcoming U.S. projects? If not, do you have any plans to do more work in the U.S.?
For now, I have no project in US. But it will be a dream to come make my job in US. Like all my generation, I grow up with American movie, and a lot off my favorite directors are from America.
Are there any actors, actresses or directors that you would like to work with?
Kate WINSLET !!! In US ? So many! Paul Thomas ANDERSON, the COEN brothers, Sean PENN, of course SCORCESE but also Abel FERARA or AFANORVSKY, Chris NOLAN or Brian SINGER. In France, Jacques AUDIARD, BLIER or CORNEAU, and in the world, Emir KUSTURICA!
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?
A journalist, or an cabinetmaker …
Ok, I have to ask because all of our readers are dying to know . . . Are you single? What qualities do you find attractive in women?
I’m married since 5 years but we are together since 15 years. The qualities I find attractive in women, like in all the men, is the soul and humor . . . And look like KATE WINSLET . . .
The ladies want to know where to keep up with your latest projects and work. Do you have a fan site? A Myspace page?
I have one official site and they work on it to translate it in English. Every body was asking for Myspace, so I open one but it’s the beginning!
Are the women in France as crazy for you as the women in the U.S.? Is it difficult to leave your house?
Do I have to respond? I like to be discreet, I’m never in front or inside the people magazine, and I have a simple life with a lot of love and work. So no fan in front of my house!
What is your idea of a romantic evening out?
In Paris, walk on the street late in the night after a good restaurant and rebuilding the world. In dream, make a dinner on the moon!
What’s your astrological sign?
I was born the 25th December so I’m Capricorn.
What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies, interests?
Work and dream! I like canvas painting, make racing Kart and play tennis with my son, watch movies and American series ( DR House, Damages, West Wing, or the Sopranos).
What are you favorites? Favorite color, book, movie, food, travel destination?
– Color : black and red
– Book: the books of Albert COHEN or Pat CONROY, ZOLA or Paul AUSTER, and Detective fiction (CONELLY, ELLROY, COBEN, LEHANNE)
– Movies: I like all the movies of the director I talk at the top.
-Food: About the food, I’m sorry to say that we are close to the perfection in France . . . but the Italian are closer . . .
– Travel Destination: The Place where I answer this interview . . . BALI
Many thanks to Olivier Sitruk and the wonderful team at Starface. We hope to see more of Olivier Sitruk’s work in the states!
- Ladies Love Olivier Sitruk’s “Boy Capel” on Lifetime’s Coco Chanel
- Coco Before Chanel: Interview with Alessandro Nivola
- “Coco Chanel” on Lifetime Review
- Coco Before Chanel in NY & LA Theaters 9.25.09
- Boy Capel Part Cast In “Coco Avant Chanel”