On the occasion of the broadcast of the last episodes of “My Angel” this evening on TF1, meeting with Muriel Robin, the star of the series, who speaks to us about this very strong role, written for her. As well as his desires for comedy and his plans for 2022.
DashFUN: When Jacqueline Sauvage was promoted, you said that you would be ready to play in a series if the role was “nice”. Today you are finally the heroine of Mon Ange. What made this the right project?
Muriel robin : In saying that, I was thinking above all of a recurring series, over several seasons. My Angel is a mini-series, it’s like making a TV movie in two big parts after all. But what I liked was this character of Suzanne. His loneliness, his strength, his courage. A term that is not used enough, but women, on the whole, are courageous. They amaze me, they overwhelm me, even in less serious situations than the one Suzanne is going through.
And then, she disturbs Suzanne. She arrives in this beautiful nature, and suddenly there is this village with secrets, family secrets. And when you arrive like that and you are not welcome, it is courageous. And I like it. I like annoying people. It’s great to disturb. We make things happen, we change the point of view. It is the opposite of being frozen. And people don’t like to be moved in their certainties. Because otherwise everything will go downhill. But too bad if it tumbles, because what is being rebuilt behind is stronger, more solid, more true.
I had a lot of scenes where I don’t speak, and that interested me a lot. The viewer can put whatever he wants in the scene when the characters are not speaking. It’s almost the spectator who feeds the character at that moment. So here it is, that’s a bit of all that I liked. Also with the theme of female alcoholism which touches me a lot. I hope someday to do something just about it. But there is already that in Mon Ange.
And then Kika Ungaro, the cinematographer, who had already worked on Jacqueline Sauvage, created a light and a special atmosphere. The production used the word “western”, it needed a special atmosphere. And it’s true that if we were in the United States, Suzanne would go into a saloon, all heads would turn, there would be a sound of harmonica, some Ennio Morricone, and she would feel that she had to bar because things are going to go wrong. They would push her out the door, she would come in through the window. And all this with unwavering strength and determination.
Moreover, Mon Ange was compared a lot to the film 3 Billboards when the project was announced, and it is true that there is a bit of that …
Yes, I understand this filiation because 3 Billboards also has a western color. And this is the story of this woman ready for anything. It’s a terrific movie. And, all things considered, My Angel comes close to it on many levels. There is an unusual, completely different rhythm. We are in the slow, in something heavy. Everything looks peaceful, but in reality there is horror behind it all. It’s a real thriller. We are taken by this story. It’s a mix between thriller and intimate drama, and it changes a bit from what we see all the time on French television.
You are very well surrounded in the series. How did the collaboration with Marilou Berry go?
Very well. I really enjoyed playing with Marilou, who is a very beautiful actress. I had met her when she was little, but it was the first time we worked together. She is a very intense, dense actress, with a lot of humanity. But I also really enjoyed working with all the other actors, including Patrick Chesnais of course. The cast of the series is really very good, it’s true.
Suzanne is an inconvenient character, as you say, but she also touches the audience tremendously. Was it easy to identify with her flaws and everything she goes through?
Yes, because we rely on the script. And there are parts of Suzanne in me, it’s chemical. As there was a piece of Jacqueline Sauvage in me. Suzanne, she is there, somewhere in me, so it was quite simple in the end to make her resurface when I heard “action”.
Is it a role that was written especially for you?
Yes, absolutely, the character of Suzanne was written for me, it’s a very nice gift. Especially since I really like the work of Négar Djavadi, the screenwriter, who had already worked…