French actress Léa Seydoux was breathtaking when she starred in the 2013 coming-of-age erotic film “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a tale about sex and social class between a young teen and an older woman.
Seydoux was just 28 at the time and well-known in her native France and Europe. But the film vaulted her to international fame after it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
The film was controversial because of its graphic sex scenes between Seydoux and co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos, but Sydoux as the older lover, became another reason why sensual French actresses continue to hold a special place in Hollywood filmdom.
Seydoux is 33, now, and a mother herself of 18-month old son, Georges, with partner André Meyer. She filmed her latest movie “Kursk” soon after she gave birth.
“Motherhood changes you emotionally, just the fact that you protect and are responsible for someone. We always ask women about this, but I’m sure it’s the same big emotional experience for men when they become a parent,” she said in a recent interview.
The movie is a French-Belgian drama shot in English and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. It’s based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die,” about a 2000 Russian submarine disaster. Nearly two dozen crew members perished in what was considered a needless accident.
She plays Tayna, wife of submarine Capt. Mikhail Kalekov.
“I was a young mother and was still breastfeeding when I shot the film,” she said in a recent interview. “I think I had more empathy for the character,” she said.
“Tanya represents the frustration and the anger and how the wives and families didn’t know what was happening. They were lied to and were unable to do anything.”
The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and U.S. distribution rights were sold.
She launched her film career in the 2006 French-Belgian comedy “Girlfriends,” and made her debut in an American film in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film, “Inglourious Basterds.”
She also appeared in the 2010 British-American film “Robin Hood,” with Russell Crowe and Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris.” She’s been a fixture in American films ever since. In 2015, she appeared in the Bond film “Spectre” and the year before that in the Wes Anderson comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Check out her clip from “Kursk.”