While the Delcourts are going through hell in “Tomorrow belongs to us” because of Andréa, Aurélien Foubert, his interpreter, tells us more about the motivations and secrets of the babysitter. And on the set of this plot with Ingrid Chauvin.
DashFUN: What did you like about the character of Andréa Delmont when you passed the tests for this role in Tomorrow belongs to us?
Aurelien Foubert : From the beginning, I was made to understand that he was a character with a certain depth, that there were a lot of things to play. Andréa is both endearing, touching, because of her story with her family. And at the same time, he has this scary side because we don’t know what he is capable of and what he has in mind. The character seemed quite complex to me and in the end it is very interesting to play.
Did you know from the start what trajectory Andréa was going to have, or was he simply presented as the new Delcourt babysitter?
If I remember correctly, I still knew the outline of what was going to happen. Afterwards, obviously, in Tomorrow belongs to us there are things that are added. But I had a good overall vision of the character.
What was the hardest thing for you to play? Is it the side too nice to be honest that we suspected in Andrea from the start?
In fact, you have to trust the scenes and the situations. Even if he seems nice, indeed, when he enters Chloe’s room several times or when he imposes himself because he wants to help, the situations make it not normal. You have to try to play those situations by trying to be nice and adding a little weirdness to it, and I think that works pretty well on screen.
This is your first experience as an actor on a series, you had done theater before and played in short films. It must be both quite stressful and super educational to start on a big machine like Tomorrow belongs to us, right?
In the beginning, once I knew I had the part, it went very quickly, I was told that I was starting a week later, so I didn’t have time to stress so much. But it took me a bit by surprise just before the first scene. There was a little increase in stress, obviously, but that was quickly evacuated because things are going quite quickly, people on the set know what they have to do. We are supported by a whole team.
And the other actors, notably Ingrid Chauvin and Alexandre Brasseur, were great listeners. They knew it was my first experience, they did everything to make me feel comfortable. We quickly moved from stress to something else, so it was.
You mainly toured with Ingrid Chauvin. How was the collaboration? Did she give you any advice?
Finally, the best advice is to listen when you’re around someone like Ingrid. She knows what she’s doing, so you just have to watch her and play with her.
For placement tips, in relation to the camera, I wasn’t used to it, so she helped me too. And we had very interesting discussions together. I learned a lot of things from him.
The filming pace of a daily soap opera like Tomorrow belongs to us is quite intense, it goes very quickly. Was it confusing at first?
Not so much, no. When I started, I didn’t come very often, to shoot one or two scenes here and there. It accelerated more towards November-December, with the episodes that are being broadcast at the moment and in which my character is much more present. So I had time to put myself in the bath quietly. I had acclimatized myself by the time of turning this big arch.
How did the filming go with the actresses who play Celeste? Filming with young children is never very easy…
It’s the only element on a shoot that you can’t control. When a baby arrives on a set, you have to wait for her to be in the right mood to shoot. At the same time, it brings life back, because when she cries, we wait, we discuss, we reassure her.
And sometimes, what we see in the series, it’s more me who reassures the little one who was there, and not the character of Celeste. Because she was frightened by all these big machines and many people. So it brings back concrete and “real life”.
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