Laetitia Casta, her husband Louis Garrel speaks: 'Between us there is no competition, but what a struggle to be a dad!'

'I had no idea you had to change so many diapers.' The couple welcomed little Azel in March 2021, growing their already large extended family

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A LOVE LONG FOR 5 YEARS – Then there were: a wedding, in 2017 on the beach of Lumio, a small village in Corsica where the model and actress spent her childhood years; two films shot together ( The faithful man and The crusade of which Garrel is also director); and an extended family. In addition to the children they had from the previous stories, in fact, the two became Azel's parents in 2021. A carefully chosen name, which derives from a Hebrew word meaning 'noble'. Experience, that of paternity, which the 39-year-old does not struggle to describe as 'incredible, but tiring'.

DIRECTOR AND ACTOR – We meet him during the days of the Rome Film Fest, where he replies in fluent Italian spiced up with a few words in French, here and there: «Your language is difficult, but I try to speak it whenever I can», he says. In addition to being one of the jurors of the event, he is here to present the comedy in which he is the director and protagonist: L’innocent . In which he plays Abel, a son worried about his mother (Anouk Grinberg), who is in love with an ex-convict. In trying to find out the truth about Michel (Roschdy Zem), the boy will end up in various troubles.

It's not often you see her in a comedic guise. Why did you choose this genre?
«My image as an actor is a bit severe, serious. I wanted to play on this aspect. Abel contrasts with the other characters, who are instead more optimistic and capable of taking risks».

Like the character of Sylvie, the mother.
'Exactly. At the age of 60, she has not given up on love, to the point of marrying a prisoner without thinking twice. Abel loves her intensely and wants to protect her from her own enthusiasm.'

He's also a bit of a mammon, they say. How did Brigitte Sy (French actress and director, ed) react to her mother when she saw the film?
“She's seen it three times, but she still hasn't told me what she thinks. But I heard her laugh and that's enough for me. She did this even when I was a child: I asked her not to attend my theater performances or, if she was in the audience, not to tell me. After two minutes I heard her laughter ring out.'

This year, three films that you shot with Italian directors will be released: Vele Scarlatte by Pietro Marcello, L'Ombra di Caravaggio by Michele Placido and Les Amandiers directed by your ex Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. What relationship do you have with our country?
'I feel a little Italian. I have worked with many of your authors and it was an Italian who gave me the opportunity to act in a film when I was only 19 ( was Bernardo Bertolucci and the film The Dreams - The dreamers, of 2003 , ed.). There is one thing I learned about your cinema».

Would be?
'You work with passion and derision at the same time.'

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Why do actors always end up falling in love?
«I have never sought relationships only with actresses or, at least, not consciously. But it is true that there is a shared secret. When you stage your private life and the life of your character, a fascinating mix is ​​created ».

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At his side today is Laetitia Casta. Doing the same job, do you ever feel like you're in competition?
'I hope not. The rivalry is vulgar. I don't compete with anyone, otherwise I would end up feeling defeated. I don't have a winner's mentality.'

In March 2021, your first child together, Azel, was born. How is it going?
“I had no idea how many diapers had to be changed every day. Absurd'.