I don’t know what got me onto thinking about French actors exactly. I probably watched some show or something. Anyway, it got me wondering who is out there, who’s considered a ‘one to watch’? When you research this area it just gives you all the usual suspects: Eva Green, Lea Seydoux, Melanie Laurent etc. Whilst they’re all great actors I’d hardly consider any of them to be up and coming. I wanted to put a spotlight on a few different names.
Here’s what I’ve got.
You may have seen Mathilde in the movie Overlord (2018), the J.J. Abrams-produced WWII tale about a group of US paratroopers that get attacked by Nazis in a small French town. She’s next in a new sci-fi movie called Boss Level, starring Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts and Michelle Yeoh. This flick got delayed by the pandemic, but recently came out on Hulu in the US. It’ll probably turn up on streaming various places for the rest of us soon, so watch out.
Jeanne is a French-German actor who recently starred in Netflix show, Barbarians (2020). If you liked Vikings and The Last Kingdom then this will be right up your street. The relationship between the triumvirate of Thusnelda (Goursaud), Folkwin (David Schutter) and Roman soldier Arminius (Laurence Rupp) are what made the show work so well.
Raw (2016) was a coming-of-age horror drama, and one not for the faint of heart – Garance was its critically acclaimed star. You’ll next see her in an upcoming American-Polish sci-fi movie currently being filmed called Warning, starring James D’Arcy, Laura Harrier and Alex Pettyfer.
Ok, perhaps Lizzie cannot really be classes as ‘one to watch’. She’s been acting, at least as a child actor, since the late ’90s. She’s been in Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain and American Horror Story, and I most recently saw her in TV show Versaille, where she played a doctor, a woman in a man’s job in a man’s world.