“He was odious”: Nathalie Baye very marked by her filming with an icon of American cinema

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, which she made the front page of on the occasion of the 100th issue, Nathalie Baye confided in her film debut and in particular on the behavior of an American actor.

In theaters since Wednesday April 27, Downton Abbey 2: A New Era depicts the emblematic characters of the series during a trip to France. For the occasion, Nathalie Baye interprets the role of the Marquise de Montmirail. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fairthe 73-year-old actress returned to the set of the film, but also to her debut as an actress in an international film, in 1972.

At the time, Nathalie Baye, who was 24 years old, was hired to perform in a nightclub scenein Robert Wise’s new film, titled Brief encounter in Paris. She said of the American producer: “I didn’t know who he was because I was broke and couldn’t afford to go to the movies“. During this first American shoot, the one who would later become Johnny Hallyday’s companion made meeting an american actorespecially popular at the time, Peter Fonda.

Nathalie Baye very cash on the behavior of Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda’s brother, became a American counterculture icon in the 1960s. He was particularly noted in 1969, for his role in Easy Rider. If she played alongside him in Robert Wise’s film, Nathalie Baye does not keep not a very good memory of the actor, who died in 2019 of lung cancer.

Asked about the notoriety of the actor and the memories she has of meeting him, she confided: “I especially remember that he was obnoxious“, without going into details. Laura Smet’s mother also explained that she did not feel not nostalgic the past. “The world changes, the world moves, it’s normal… Even if sometimes, of course, it was better before” she finally concluded.


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“He was odious”: Nathalie Baye very marked by her filming with an icon of American cinema