Adele Exarchopoulos, Let’s allow the French-born 20-year-old actress Adèle Exarchopoulos to clear up a few things about her controversial new film, the Cannes top-prize winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. That already infamous ten-minute lesbian sex scene between her and her co-star, Léa Seydoux? Not actually ten minutes long—more like six or seven.
Next up: “I know that everybody wants to ask me, ‘Do you really fuck together?’ ” Exarchopoulos says, sighing. “When you die in a movie, you don’t really die in life.” Once you stop gazing at its very naked stars, Blue turns out to be something close to great: long, impressionistic, like living in an ardent, confused teenager’s skin for three hours.
The director, Abdellatif Kechiche, decided to cast Exarchopoulos, she says, after he saw her devour a piece of lemon cake. It’s this unselfconscious quality that makes her so startlingly alive on-screen, though reducing her to merely that would be a mistake—”too easy,” she says. “I just love eating.”