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"I was served wine when I was 15 years old": Judith Godrèche looks back on her relationship with a 40-year-old director

2023-12-09T11:07:40.209Z

Highlights: Judith Godrèche had an affair with a 40-year-old director when she was 14 years old. The actress, now 51 years old and mother of two, is protesting against this system of control experienced in her youth and the omerta that reigns in the world of cinema. Dany Boon's ex-wife spoke at length in the columns of Elle on Friday, December 8. She tells us more about her relationship at a very young age with a director twenty-five years her senior.


Dany Boon's ex-wife spoke at length in the columns of Elle on Friday, December 8. She tells us more about her relationship at a very young age with a director twenty-five years her senior.


Judith Godrèche is currently promoting the new series broadcast on Arte, Icon of the French Cinema, in which she plays one of the key roles. This Friday, December 8, we find her in the columns of Elle Magazine, on the occasion of a long interview through which she reveals herself, from her childhood, her beginnings in cinema to her highly publicized relationship with a man twenty-five years her senior with whom she had an affair when she was 14 years old. This man, whom she does not name but whom we can guess: the filmmaker Benoît Jacquot.

"I was a very lonely girl, very idealistic. I lived through books, my mother left home when I was 9 years old, I was raised by a single man, I was vulnerable despite a certain maturity," she first explained. In 1988, she met the director on the set of his film The Beggars, in which she landed her first major role. He's 40, she's just turned 14. "As an actress, you need to be loved, to be looked at. It's as if, by choosing you, the director is bringing you to life."

"We'll stop there"

Although the relationship lasted nearly six years, mentioned by journalists during television interviews, Judith Godrèche nevertheless explains that it was a painful moment for her. Moreover, the woman who had made a very promising debut in the cinema gradually distanced herself from it, as if to free herself from her lover. "It's extraordinary to film young people. The cinematic power of a teenage girl is inexhaustible. But you can make sublime films without going so far as to sleep with your underage actress. To me, this becomes perversion. The position of the adult in society is to know where to draw the line, even when it comes to art. When you're 15 years old and you're doing a shirtless scene, there's forty-five takes, you're going to kiss a 45-year-old man and that man is your director, it's crazy that there's no adult on set to say "we're going to stop here". »

The actress, now 51 years old and mother of two, is now protesting against this system of control experienced in her youth and the omerta that reigns in the world of cinema. In particular, she recounts a memory from a festival in Locarno. "I was there with my partner. I was served wine, I was 15 years old, I fell dead on the table, I threw up in front of everyone. I wonder, in hindsight, if adults were thinking, 'There's a problem, she's too small, what is she doing here?'"

Judith Godrèche wishes to protect her children from this environment. "If a 40-year-old man approaches my daughter, I kill him. It's because I have a teenage daughter that I come to terms with what happened to me, to tell myself that I've been navigating a world without rules or laws. I dropped out of school at 15, the stories we read, the films we see, everything enhanced this image of a lolita, a baby doll." The woman who has become a committed woman, notably through her speeches in the Harvey Weinstein case, an American producer accused of raping many underage girls, carried a message to young girls starting out in the profession: "We have to tell young girls to be careful. You can get caught in the net of a more powerful person, and art is an extremely favorable springboard for that."

Source: lefigaro

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