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James Bond and Blue Is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux: ‘I often feel like I’m a gay man’

Nick Duffy November 2, 2020

Blue is the Warmest Colour star Lea Seydoux (Ian Langsdon/EPA-EFE/Pool/Getty Images)

James Bond and Blue Is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux has said she “often feels” like a gay man.

The film star, who is set to appear in the delayed James Bond film No Time to Die, made the comments in an interview with The Sunday Times magazine.

She said: “I never say to myself, ‘Oh! I’m a woman!’ I know I’m a woman, but I also feel like a man.

“I always identified with actors, never actresses. I wanted to do cinema because I watched actors – I saw Marlon Brando and I wanted to be like him.”

Léa Seydoux: ‘I like men a bit like a gay man does.’

Seydoux explained that she rejects the term “actress”, adding: “I really don’t feel like an actress, I feel like an actor.”

She added: “I found that male actors had more freedom. It’s true that I saw that women [in film] were in more passive positions, because women do have a tendency to receive. I mean, in sex, the woman gets penetrated.

“Whereas what I like with men is… well, I mean, obviously, they have a penis! They give! And I like giving!

“I often feel like I’m a gay man, to be honest. I like men a bit like a gay man does.”

Lea Seydoux spoke about her experiences
Lea Seydoux spoke about her experiences (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Blue Is the Warmest Colour star ‘doesn’t regret’ film despite horrible experiences.

The actor found fame through the 2013 French lesbian film Blue Is the Warmest Colour, but has spoken on several occasions of her ‘horrible’ experience filming it.

Seydoux and co-star Adèle Exarchopolous both addressed the gruelling conditions and obsessive behaviour of the film’s male director-producer Abdellatif Kechiche, who fixated on the graphic portrayal of lesbian sex and often required the stars to perform as many as 100 takes per scene.

However, Seydoux told the magazine that she is “proud” of her work the film, adding: “I don’t regret having done it at all. Quite the contrary. I’m really very proud, and maybe I didn’t say it enough.”

The star previously said that the film was “without a doubt” a male fantasy, adding: “It’s bound to be if a man makes a film about two women. But it’s a film that has its own truth, its own power.”

She said previously of Kechiche, who she vowed to never work with again: “He’s not someone I detest. I sometimes dream about him – but I’m not mad at him.

“As for the controversy, it happened, but I don’t regret what I said. What remains is the film.”

More: blue is the warmest colour, James Bond, lea seydoux, No Time To Die

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