Heroine of the France 2 series “(Almost) perfect love”, Maud Baecker confides in this boosted romantic comedy and her character as an eternal blunderer. And evokes “Tomorrow belongs to us” and the filming of the TV movie “Le Mystère Daval”.
DashFUN: What did you like about the scenario of L’Amour (almost) parfait and the role of Julie, called Jul, when they were offered to you?
Maud Baecker : First I read the casting test scenes and immediately I was like “This role is really a gift, it’s a real French Bridget Jones”. He has a lot of misadventures, it’s great to play. And then I loved his relationship with his girlfriends, with his family, with the guys.
And then, on call-back, I met the director, Pascale Pouzadoux, and just for her I wanted to land this role and be part of this adventure. She is incredible. It’s so much her universe, she is very colorful. And after I discovered the rest of the cast and I understood that I was going to be extremely well surrounded. So it’s really a whole: the script, the role, the director, and the partners. Everything was in place for it to be an idyllic shoot and it was.
We feel a real chemistry between Nadia Roz, Isabelle Vitari, and you. Did it immediately stick between you three on the set?
Yes, what’s great is that we’ve seen each other before outside of filming. We had lots of friends in common, but the three of us had never met, unlike the boys I had already met or with whom I was already friends. Pascale therefore wanted us to have dinners, weekends before filming to create this strong friendship.
Obviously, very quickly, we found points in common, we told our lives, and that allowed us to quickly find our place in this trio. And we really became friends in life. A very strong thing was created between us. I love them, they’re very funny, they both do one-woman shows, and I was constantly at the show with them. And so, from the first day, we were already great friends, it was obvious.
How does it feel to have Antoine Duléry and Evelyne Bouix as fictional parents?
It is one of the very beautiful gifts of this extraordinary shoot. They are both actors that I admire enormously. And on top of that they are wonderful human beings, very funny and very kind. To be surrounded by partners of this level, who in addition are loves in real life, it was idyllic. I was realizing my childhood dreams.
Jul is quite blundering, dreamy. Is it a composition role or do you have points in common with her?
I have a lot in common with Jul (laughs). I’m clumsy and clumsy like her, I talk a little too much, I sometimes say things that shouldn’t be said (laughs). Maybe not as much as her, fortunately, but really that’s the kind of thing that could happen to me. She’s the queen of blunders, and I find myself in this awkward, very spontaneous side.
But she dreams so much of great love and Prince Charming that it makes her touching, in her spontaneity and her clumsiness. We want her to realize her dreams. And, fortunately, love will catch up with her and she will get caught up in the game, like in any good romantic comedy.
Can we say that the message of the series is that there are a thousand ways to love?
It’s exactly that. There are a thousand ways to love and there are a thousand different loves. This quest for love, which is the most beautiful quest in the world, is what the series highlights. And then, sometimes, we think we love something or someone, and finally we realize that this is not what we need. Each character has their own journey in the series. And then we deal with love across several generations, it’s very interesting and very fair I think.
And then, behind this quest for love, there is also a discourse on parenthood that we discover little by little through each character, who has a different relationship to motherhood or fatherhood. Is that also what you liked about the screenplay, which goes further than a simple romantic comedy?
Completely. This is Jul’s anchor point at the start. The parents she had necessarily make the person she is today. That explains why she has this sensitivity and this fragility. We realize that many things are linked to her father, whom she knows little about. It’s going to unravel a lot of things at…