Romane Jolly is the revelation of “Fugueuse” on TF1, which tackles the subject of underage prostitution. Met at the La Rochelle Festival, she came back for us on this first role on TV and on the important message of the series.
DashFUN: You land with Fugueuse your first role on television. And you start with a subject for the less difficult and strong since the series tells the story of Léa, a teenager who, blinded by the love she has for an older young man, lets herself be manipulated and agrees to prostitute herself. . What was your reaction when you discovered the script for the series?
Romane Jolly : When I read the script for the first time, I thought it was a wonderful opportunity as an actress, because the range of emotions was very wide. There is dancing, we work with the bodies. There is violence. An opposition between the character’s youth and his more female side too. Lots of things that made Lea’s character very enriching.
And then, of course, there is the subject which is very heavy, which is important, and which is obviously alarming. I really wanted to defend such a subject. And then, inevitably, I quickly wondered if I was going to be able to do it and assume. Because faced with such a heavy project, we inevitably wonder if we are capable of it.
What was the biggest challenge for you on this shoot? Was it the nudity scenes?
No. My answer is going to sound very strange, but it was neither nudity, nor violence, nor tears (laughs). The most difficult for me was to play a teenager, at the beginning, without problems. Because I had the life I had, and at 16 I wasn’t like Léa. To play the very smooth, candid, very solar side of the character, it was therefore not easy for me, because I am very different from Léa.
We imagine that such a scenario required a lot of preparation with the director Jérôme Cornuau before the shooting so that everything goes as well as possible and that the shooting takes place in confidence …
Yes, we saw each other several times before the shoot. And during those sessions we worked Jerome and I hand in hand. Sometimes we even rewrote scenes to rework the character as well as possible. We created a sort of common thread between him and me to streamline all the work we would have to do on the set afterwards.
Do you understand that a teenage girl like Léa can fall into such a spiral – that of prostitution – for love, because she is blinded by her feelings for a boy who is not necessarily very recommendable?
In any case what I tried to do is not to judge her. Because 16 is a complicated age, you don’t necessarily love yourself. We’re looking for each other, we’re lost. We question any form of authority, we skip steps, and everything is going too fast. So, indeed, when you meet a man and fall in love, everything is increased tenfold. So, unfortunately, in this case, it’s easy to be blinded and go on a sort of descent into hell.
It is true that we come out of watching the series by saying to ourselves that it can happen to anyone …
Exactly. I think that’s Fugueuse’s message. The goal is to warn all teenage girls. Léa does not come from a disadvantaged background. She has a close family, a boyfriend, some friends. She is studious in class. And despite everything, she falls into this infernal spiral.
I really hope that the series will reach the greatest number of viewers. And especially young people, because the first message in the series is aimed at young people. We know that young people today are more on platforms like Netflix, TV has lost that target a little bit. So since the series is aimed primarily at young people and their parents, we really hope that teens, in particular, will respond. It is important to educate them.
This fictional family that you form with Sylvie Testud, Michaël Youn, Fanny Cottençon, Axel Naroditzky, and Vicki Andren works very well on screen, we quickly get attached to these characters. Did it immediately match between you on the set?
Right now. We all felt comfortable, and I think it shows on screen. There was a real “family” side between us all. Even with my other partners. We also felt a real benevolence from the technical team. It inevitably made things easier and the fact that we felt good on this set.
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