Julie de Bona

Julie de Bona shocks us in “Le Souffle du Dragon”, a fiction broadcast on M6 on October 11, in which she portrays a woman in remission from breast cancer, who embarks on a formidable adventure aboard a canoe … The actress confided in “Journal des Femmes” about this role, her fears, her crazy desires…

The resilience of women. In Dragon’s Breatha fiction directed by Stéphanie Pillonca and not to be missed this Tuesday, October 11 at 9:10 p.m. on M6, Julie de Bona interprets with accuracy and authenticity the character of Sandrine, a woman who has just learned that she is in remission from a breast cancer. With several other women affected by the disease, camped by Julie Gayet, Firmine Richard, Annie Grégorio or even Lola Dewaere, she trains to paddle on a dragon-head boat with the aim of participating in a major international race in Norway. A fight for life told with strength and poetry and carried by talented actresses. Exclusive interview with Julie de Bona.

Le Journal des Femmes: What convinced you to take part in this adventure?
Julie de Bona:
The director! She made the movie Learn to love, which is about trisomy 21. I really appreciated the way she directed, really different from my other work experiences. She lets us live the situations, doesn’t do a lot of takes and she puts her camera where the magic is, she tries to find authenticity in her scenes.

Did you feel any apprehension before the shoot?
Julie de Bona:
The subject of the film scared me a little at first, it took me a while to make my decision! But I went because I felt confident with the director. It’s always very difficult to play with the dramas of certain people. I, who have never been through this ordeal, am I up to it? I don’t want to be a spokesperson, but I want to be as close as possible to this character who goes through what women have really experienced, I don’t want to betray their story. Fortunately, the film is sunny and there are scenes imbued with comedy.

How do you prepare to take on such a role?
Julie de Bona:
The director’s way of working is so spontaneous that you have to be even more prepared beforehand. So I worked with my coach, who has been following me for about ten years. She helps me with each slightly difficult role, I really become Sandrine, I discover who she was before cancer, how she managed to get through that, who she becomes afterwards… But this coach also helps me protect myself against feelings of my character. When I become Sandrine, I try not to be Julie too much.

The body does not necessarily make the difference between fiction and reality…
Julie de Bona:
Exactly, my body does not understand, it feels the emotions that I play, period. So they have to be evacuated. And when the shooting is over, I have to leave this character, which is not always easy.

What captivated you about your character?
Julie de Bona: I liked Sandrine because she is not a super heroine. She is a normal woman, mother, cashier, for whom it is difficult to make ends meet. She fights against mental load, don’t think much about her, but especially about others… I felt she was really anchored in our current society. Thanks to this dragon boat, she manages to find her place more, to assert herself, to assume her sensuality… It’s a beautiful emancipation of women.

Do you feel close to your character, Sandrine?
Julie de Bona: When I was 7 years old, I was extremely shy, I didn’t know how to assert myself to the point that it was impossible to get a word out of me (laughs). Finally, I used my childhood to transpose Sandrine’s development onto the screen. I could totally identify with this woman, totally impressed by her peers who have a lot of character. Having trouble saying no, not knowing exactly how you feel, these are things that speak to me.

In Dragon’s Breathbut also Charity Bazaar Where The Fightersyou play the roles of particularly resilient women…
Julie de Bona: I appreciate this kind of character, but I am extremely grateful to have been able to play a woman who is precisely the opposite of resilience in The House Opposite. He is someone who will not choose the right morality, who will be manipulative, victimize himself. And I liked changing my hat!

Can we hope for a sequel to La Maison d’En Face… and would you be up for it?
Julie de Bona: I don’t know yet, I’ll ask M6. But if there was a sequel, I would be in on one condition: that my character go completely crazy! I want to go further in the “psychopathic” side and even create a kind of monster…

Don’t miss Dragon’s Breatha fiction film directed by Stéphanie Pillonca, this Tuesday, October 11 at 9:10 p.m. on M6, followed by a documentary devoted to “dragon ladies”, at 11:30 p.m.

Exclusive interview that cannot be resumed without the mention of Women’s Journal.

Julie de Bona – Le Souffle du Dragon: “I took a long time to make my decision” (excluded)