Charlotte Le Bon

Charlotte Le Bon (born 4 September 1986) is a Canadian actress and artist, formerly a model and television presenter. She is known for her work in the Canal+ talk show Le Grand Journal, and the films Yves Saint Laurent, The Hundred-Foot Journey,[1] and The Walk.

Charlotte Le Bon
Charlotte Le Bon 2015.jpg
Le Bon in February 2015
Born (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 34)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationActress, model, television presenter
Years active2007–present
Websitelebonlebon.com

Life and careerEdit

Le Bon was born in 1986 in Montreal, to Brigitte Paquette and Richard Le Bon.[2] Her mother and her stepfather, Frank Schorpion, are both actors. After studying visual arts, she began modelling at 16 years old[3] and left Canada when she was 19 to model overseas.[4] After spending brief periods in Tokyo and New York City,[3] she eventually settled in Paris in 2010.[5] She never enjoyed modelling, however, saying that "I was a model for eight years and really hated it."[4] She then started doing ads for brands such as Si Lolita, Carte Noire and Garnier Fructis.[6]

Soon after, Le Bon was cast as "Miss Météo" on Le Grand Journal, a news- and pop culture-based talk show on the French television channel Canal+, where she did daily weather reports in the form of comedy skits she wrote herself.[4][7] Although the network wanted her back for a second season, she declined their offer in favour of embarking on a movie career.[3]

Le Bon's first film role was in the 2012 French comedy Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.[8] In 2013 she appeared in Mood Indigo and The Marchers,[7] and in 2014 she starred as Yves Saint Laurent's muse Victoire Doutreleau in the biographical film Yves Saint Laurent, earning a nomination for a César Award.[4]

Le Bon's first role in an English-language film was in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a romantic comedy directed by Lasse Hallström in which she plays a chef-in-training at an upscale French restaurant alongside Helen Mirren.[3][9] Le Bon was cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk, a film directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on Philippe Petit's famous tightrope walk in 1974, released in 2015.[10][11] In 2015, she dubbed the voice of Joy in both the French and Quebec French dubs of the Pixar film Inside Out.

In 2016 she appeared in six films. The Promise matched her with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in a story based on events that occurred during the Armenian Genocide. She also played in the science fiction film Realive, the World War II film Anthropoid, and the action movie Bastille Day with Idris Elba. She also maintained her profile in France by starring in two French films, Arctic Heart and Iris (where she reunited with director Jalil Lespert).

Le Bon made her directorial debut with the short film Judith Hotel, which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[12] She will make her feature-length filmmaking debut by directing and co-writing Une Soeur, adapted from the graphic novel of the same title by Bastien Vivès.[13]

Trained in the field of visual arts, Le Bon has actively pursued a parallel career as an illustrator and street artist. She began as an artist for Spank, an online magazine founded by her on-air colleague at Canal+ Raphaël Cioffi, who hired her to do drawings to accompany certain articles.[14] As part of the 2011 commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the March for Equality and Against Racism, she collaborated with French artist JR in organizing the Inside Out Project, in which 2500 black & white portraits were posted in Lyon on December 2, 2013. She subsequently maintained a sporadic involvement in street art by creating works that allow audience interaction, such as moons on strings that can be unhooked by passers-by (on the streets of Paris and in New York City's Rikers Island prison). In September 2016, she confirmed her return to illustrating with an exhibit called “One Bedroom Hotel on the Moon” at Anne-Dominique Toussaint's Galerie Cinéma in Paris. In an interview with The New York Times, she explained that this exhibit symbolizes the merging of melancholy and hope: “the expression of a poetic isolation”.

Le Bon is bilingual in French and English,[8] and lives in Paris.[11]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Le Goût du Temps The LifeMart saleswoman Short
2010 Impossible The thin girl Short
2012 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Ophélia
2012 The Stroller Strategy Marie Deville
2013 Mood Indigo Isis
2013 The Big Bad Wolf Natacha
2013 The Marchers Claire
2014 Yves Saint Laurent Victoire Doutreleau Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Nice and Easy Anna
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Marguerite
2015 Inside Out Joy (Joie) Voice (French and Quebec French dubbed)
2015 The Walk Annie
2016 Arctic Heart Christophine
2016 Bastille Day ("The Take" in American market) Zoe Naville
2016 Anthropoid Marie Kovárníková
2016 The Promise Ana Khesarian
2016 Iris Claudia / Iris
2016 Realive Elizabeth
2019 Berlin, I Love You Rose
TBA Warning Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010–2011 Le Grand Journal Weather girl
2012 Le Petit Journal 2 episodes
2013 Le Débarquement 1 episode
2013–present Hubert and Takako Takako Voice
2019 Cheyenne et Lola Lola 8 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Song title Album Artist
2017 "Desencuentro"[15] Residente Residente

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Laurelli, Mathilde. "Charlotte Lebon : Qui es-tu vraiment?". Marie Claire (in French). Retrieved 20 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Dumas, Hugo (3 September 2010). "De mannequin à Miss Météo". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 26 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Kirkland, Bruce (5 August 2014). "Charlotte Le Bon taking 'Hundred-Foot Journey' success in stride". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Dolan, Maggie (2 July 2014). "Model-Turned-Actress Charlotte Le Bon Is Turning Heads in Hollywood". Paper. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ http://www.modernists.fr/2016/04/13/interview-de-lillustratrice-et-actrice-charlotte-le-bon/
  6. ^ http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/hugo-dumas/201009/03/01-4312249-de-mannequin-a-miss-meteo.php
  7. ^ a b Lebsack, Lexy (2014). "Charlotte Le Bon". Violet Grey. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (28 March 2014). "International Star You Should Know: Charlotte Le Bon". Variety. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Ansari, Sadiya (7 August 2014). "Montreal's Charlotte Le Bon a bit daunted working with Helen Mirren". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Ghomeshi, Jian (6 August 2014). "Former model Charlotte Le Bon says acting is 'liberation'". CBC Radio. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Thompson, Laura (8 August 2014). "Charlotte Le Bon's culinary trip in The Hundred-Foot Journey". CBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ http://sub.festival-cannes.fr/SfcCatalogue/MovieDetail/fac38fe6-64f0-4457-b92b-9fabcaa99e38
  13. ^ http://www.lefigaro.fr/cinema/2018/12/10/03002-20181210ARTFIG00088-charlotte-le-bon-va-adapter-la-bd-sensuelle-une-soeur-de-bastien-vives.php
  14. ^ http://www.lesinrocks.com/2010/09/10/actualite/charlotte-le-bon-une-miss-meteo-venue-de-louest-1126107/
  15. ^ Cobo, Leila (31 March 2017). "Residente Gets Romantic With Stunningly Beautiful 'Desencuentro' Video: Watch". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 11 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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