The winner of Star Ac’ 3 embodies a victim of a manipulator in the miniseries The Man of Our Lives, Thursday November 24 at 9:10 p.m. on M6. She looks back on her career as an actress and singer.
What seduced you in this M6 fiction?
Elodie Frege: First there is the writing. I liked the plot, the way each character unfolds through the story. And then Iris, the singer I play, is in a way an extension of myself. It was all the more interesting because the director asked me to co-create the theme song. It allowed me to write for the first time in my life in English. This series is also a story of women who stick together, that obviously spoke to me. I was born into a family of girls.
Does this character really look like you?
Possibly! (Laughs.) I put a lot of myself into it, she’s someone who needs great independence, freedom, which I share with her. Like me, she wants to flourish artistically and in her life as a woman. And then, we both have a precious bond with women.
Who is this man in your life, played by Jonathan Zaccai?
One could believe that he has no scruples, that he is ready for anything. But if this man needs to manipulate these women and dispossess them, it is because he himself has been deprived of something. That doesn’t make it any less criminal and dangerous. He is someone who suffers a lot and suffering creates monsters.
How did the filming go?
It is a very beautiful memory. I’m always moved to set foot on this ground because I haven’t shot a lot. I wondered if I was going to be up to it, if it was going to match between us. I can speak on behalf of my female partners (Helena Noguerra, Odile Vuillemin, Flore Bonaventura, editor’s note), we were very lucky to meet all four. We formed a vibrant, passionate, very natural puzzle. There was an exceptional quality of communication between us, benevolence. We are frank and passionate women and it shows in our game. And all four of us are quite rock’n’roll, that also bonded us.
Directors find it hard to see you as anything other than a singer. What role do you dream of?
I would love to play a thug, a slightly crazy rebel, or in a period film. A less romantic character than I seem. I am eager for experiences and to seek out things that I don’t know about myself.
You won the Star Ac’ in 2003. What memories do you have of that time?
The taste for risk mixed with that of fear. It never leaves me, it’s part of my DNA. It was a moment that shook me, a real tsunami, and gave birth to everything I am now. I’m thrilled that the show is resuming. I was on set on November 5 to sing with a student, Enola. I went there like a benevolent fairy to share with them a moment that gave me some chills as I retraced my steps. And I interpreted in the second part of the evening my duet with Epsilon, Whatever, in acoustics.
We found out that Epsilon was also your mate. Is it important for you to work with your lover?
Whatever, it is above all a love song to share with the rest of the world. Working with someone you love, I find that in absolute terms, it’s always tricky because it can generate even stronger emotions. But the relationship with others is also a source of inspiration!
When reality goes beyond fiction
Amaury Fournial, who had the idea for this series and is the co-producer with Dominique Farrugia, was inspired for the character played by Jonathan Zaccai of the experience of one of her friends, the victim of a manipulator, and whose violence in the story marked her. He also tapped into the experiences of famous crooks like Derek Alldred, an American serial hustler who stole two million dollars from around twenty women, but also seducers like Jacques Masset Where Christophe Rocancourt. After the first two episodes, the evening will continue with a doc giving voice to victims, men and women, and to a scammer.