The Heroine’s Journey of Chloé Delassis

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

One of the specific things about acting (as well as other arts) is that you can allow yourself to search, to fail, to learn again… The process takes time and requires patience, tenacity but I find delicious the way it turns me into something new. I take a huge pleasure in failing and reinventing.

What is my idea of happiness?

This is a great question… The definition I’m giving of happiness today will probably not be the same tomorrow, as I think happiness is not an immutable notion. As far as I know about it, it mainly consists in feeling good with what you have and where you are, right now, while being authentic and grateful for living.

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What is my greatest fear?

I’ve always been terrorized by the feeling of vacuity ; that is probably why my relatives tend to describe me as a workaholic, even as a compulsive worker.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My excessive lack of self confidence can annoy me at times ; I’m trying to work on it to let myself act according to my thoughts, and to be more in a posture of love and abundance than in a posture of illegitimate fear. 

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

To me, women such as Penélope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Adèle Exarchopoulos are paragons of both greatness and humility ; they manage to combine subtlety, empathy and vulnerability, without compromising their strength.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I’m hypersensitive ; it’s not properly an “extravagance”, but it creates in me an overobservation for tiny details : I pay a huge attention to words that are chosen, to facial micro-expressions, to the elements of Nature…

On what occasion would I lie?

On stage, my job is to lie, but there’s also where I’m trying to be at the closest point to myself : that’s one of my favorite paradoxes about acting.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Employment instability is a real source of anxiety in this job. Some among us can find work easily thanks to their renown or the network they have created, but a lot of actresses and actors cannot ensure they will be working on next month. On the other hand, that personally leads me to fight more for my objectives.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I guess it was during my first film shooting : I was 16 and a casting director had noticed me for the movie Délicieux (Eric Besnard). My first steps on the set were unforgettable… I remember I was impressed by the kindness of the other actors with me (Isabelle Carré, Benjamin Lavernhe from the Comédie-Française, Grégory Gadebois…).

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Nothing. I know I’m far from being perfect, but I’m learning to accept what I consider as flaws about myself and, to be honest, I believe every single part of ourselves is part of our wealth…

What is my greatest achievement in work?

So far, I would answer I’m simply so glad to manage to evolve in that middle, to have met and to work with such inspiring people. Each meeting is very fulfilling and I’m thankful for that.

Where would I most like to live?

I’m a fan of big cities. I’m really in love with the place I’m living (Paris), for now… But I’m also addicted to London!

What is my most treasured possession?

My loved ones are my everything. I don’t trust in a lot of people but when I do, I’m really faithful to them and would do anything to protect them.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Determination. (I’m also said to be stubborn, then…)

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I spend a huge time of my days at the Parc Monceau, which is a location where I feel both connected to strangers and to Nature. The colorful trees are a great source of inspiration to me, and I go there every time I need to refocus on my urges and needs.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Les Petites Indécises, Belleville (Paris).

What books influenced my life and how?

It probably was “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee. I read it when I was young and it gave me a crude but accurate idea of society that may have impacted my view on it.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“Stand by me” (Ben E. King’s version).

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

The feminine power that embodies Penthesilea, an Amazionan queen in the Greek mythology, gives me hope, energy and strength in my accomplishments.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Romy Schneider is a great heroine to me… I admire her courage in the face of the choices she had to make in her career, and the tenacity she had despite a difficult life. I think this conveyed to me the taste of challenge, from my youngest age ; I really wish I had met her…

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Very hard… If I had to choose one I would say Arizona Dream (Emir Kusturica).

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories have the lead role in my work, and in my life as well! I can’t imagine an existence without stories… What about all mythology, legends or tales are teaching us?

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

It epitomizes my point of view on life. In my opinion, our acts define exactly what the future holds for us.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My twin sister is utterly my sidekick ; we are very linked to each other since childhood. She always has supported me in any situation, from the least silly muddles to my hospitalization, and I am very grateful for the relation we share.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

I dream of working on projects directed by Maïwenn, Xavier Dolan, Mélanie Laurent or Cédric Klapisch. I also would love to play with Pierre Niney, Benjamin Lavernhe (again!), Marina Foïs, Fanny Ardany, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Lorraine de Sagazan, Pauline Bayle, Sylvain Levitte… and so much more people…

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I am currently shooting for a short movie mixed with animation, which is a type of project that is new for me! The post-production phase will take time but I’m curious to see the final render.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

You can see me on TV in a few episodes of the French docu-fiction “Secrets d’Histoire”, either in the serie “Les Invisibles” directed by Chris Briant and Axelle Laffont.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

If you are really passionate by something, it gives you strength to find sense and motivation in life, even through hard moments. Personally, this is a way to think that I understood and that helped me keeping faith when I was at the lowest point.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Souheila Yacoub, Jenna Thiam, Pauline Bayle, Nicolas Girard-Michelotti, Alexandra Badéa…

How can you contact me?

On Instagram : @chloedelassis

On Facebook : Chloé Delassis

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