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Interview with French actress Anne-Cécile Bégot (Adam Ruins Everything)

Written by Zenae Zukowski

 

It’s never easy to pursue your dreams, especially for those who want to become famous. Up and coming actors and actresses are faced with rejections on a daily basis and have no choice but to learn how to be thick skinned. It’s difficult to figure out the formula for making it in this cutthroat industry. However, for those who are strong and determined enough, will find their path.

The road hasn’t always been easy for actress Anne-Cécile Bégot who moved away from her family and friends in France to the United States in order to risk chasing after her lifelong dream. Anne has recently landed a role on the TV series Adam Ruins Everything along with co-starring in the 2014 film Terrestrial. Despite her busy schedule, we were lucky to catch up with her for an interview to discuss her challenges, future plans, and more.

When did you move to LA?

3 years ago.

Do you have any upcoming roles you are willing to share with us?

I’ll be shooting a feature film in NYC mid-December. It’s entitled Broker, a thriller/dark comedy directed by Nick Rumaczyk. I will be playing the role of a woman who likes to flirt with danger.

How was it working on the series Adam Ruins Everything?

I had the time of my life! The team was super nice and relaxed. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Adam Conover! I learned a lot on the set. Comedy is my favorite type of acting and I was able to indulge in it thanks to the role of a XVIth Century French farmer who is sent to the future and is amazed and loves everything she sees in the XXIst Century!

What do you do to prep for an audition?

I do a lot of script analysis. It’s like being a detective, I try to figure out all the circumstances of the life of the character I’m playing. For example, I keep asking myself, why does my character do so and so. What happened before the scene, what’s my character’s objective? What are the obstacles to achieve that objective? Then I do some relaxation before the audition and then I’m ready to go!

Do you find it more challenging living in LA vs NY?

At first living in LA seemed more challenging because it’s such a huge city and the industry here is so big that you don’t even know where to start and it can be overwhelming but once you adjust to the city and that you find your mark, it’s the best, according to me. Also, there is so much nature around LA. There’s the beach, hiking trails, and the weather is always so beautiful that in the end I prefer LA to NYC. To me NYC is too crowded and the winters are too long and too cold.

The last time you shot in NYC was for the short film Regrets, can you tell us more about that experience?

I really enjoyed working on that project because the team was amazing and very professional. Additionally, the role of the young woman I was playing was very deep. She is conflicted with her duties as a daughter and as a sister, her father is about to die of cancer and she visits him for a few days as she always feels the need to run away from her family. Her sister reproaches her behavior, which leads to a big confrontation. I always love to act in family dramas, there is so much depth to them and I feel they allow the audience to really reflect on their own life.

I’ve seen you’ve been acting a bit in Europe too, in Paris and in London, could you tell us more about those experiences?

I did a short film in London, entitled “Position.” I played the role of Claire, who is unfairly laid off by his employer who wants to give her position to another employee that he’s secretly dating. This role was rich in terms of emotions and I really enjoyed working on the feelings of betrayal and the need to fight against an injustice. I also did a short film in Paris, “La Chaussette” a comedy in which I played the role of a girl who drinks too much one night and has a massive blackout and the following morning her roommate tries to help her remember if she slept with anybody which eventually leads to many crazy assumptions.

What are your biggest challenges?

Sometimes after an audition, I tell myself, I should have done this or that but this is becoming less of a challenge with experience. Once the audition is over, it’s better to just focus on something else since what is done is done.

How do you handle rejections?

Haha! That’s a nice one! I think I have trained my brain to move on right away. Otherwise, it’s a waste of energy and it drains me.

For those who are like you, moving to the United States to follow your dreams by pursuing a creative career such as acting, what advice do you have for them?

Work hard on your accent and to be able to switch back and forth from your original mother tongue to standardized American English. Any foreign actor moving to the United States to pursue their career should work on their accent as soon as they arrive in the United States, it’s really important! It’s not always easy to live far away from your family and friends but, always keep in mind that acting in America really is a blessing. If you work hard you can actually succeed here. Stay focused and never give up.

 

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