Interview with Catherine Jacob




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Interview with Catherine Jacob (Actress)

How did you get involved in the project?
Thanks to the director of fiction of France 2, thanks to my agent, and the producer of Hidden Kisses.

How did you prepare for this role as a teacher?
One cannot be prepared to be teachers one has to live it. The scenario was sensitive, being able to act like a professor all the time was a challenge in front of 14-year-old students. The preparation was on the field.

What is your view on teachers revealing their sexuality to their students, as your character in the film?
I think it is a matter of thinking; I am shocked that people still have this kind of behavior nowadays. The homosexuality of professors is a private matter; no one has to know about it. My character reacted because of the situation in the movie.

How do you think teenagers should fight bullying at school?
Youth needs to be able to express themselves, talk. The more we talk about it, the more people listen to it. Many ways permit to express themselves like social networks, etc.

And how could adults help on fighting against that bullying?
Adults need to know, they have to be involved, and that is why communication, comprehension, and interests are important. Adults need to give a good example to young people and not let them do stupid things. I think some thoughts remain archaist, especially in the countryside.

Do you think that the kind of rejection seen on the film against gay people can sometime be overcome in western society?
It is on track in Western countries, but it still depends on the schools. It is a little bit backward.

Are you working on any projects at the moment? Can you tell us something about them?
I’ll be in three movies are coming out next year: Un jour mon prince, a fairy tale fiction; Chez nous, a movie about politics and I’m starting to work on a project for Netflix, a Jewish homophobic comedy.

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