“Marilyn Monroe was an influencer before anyone else” said the actress Séverine Ferrer

On the night of August 4 to 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home at the age of 36. But it was not the mysteries of her death, sixty years ago, that attracted the actress Séverine Ferrer but the personality of someone called Norma Jeane Baker. This love started in the childhood of the former host of Fan of, who plans to pay tribute to him on stage soon night girl, a play he is currently refining with playwright Gilles Gressard. At that time, Séverine Ferrer will participate in the festival in August loud music d’Auxelles, near Belfort, continued the show Born in the 90’s and participated in the promotion of The Thing Behind the Doora horror film by Fabrice Blin in which he is the star.

How long have you been a fan of Marilyn Monroe?

Since I was little and even before I saw her films, I was fascinated by this woman, by her photographs. I said to myself that he could be my girlfriend, he looks so bright in the pictures. He has a sparkling thing that heals sight. He really has the aura of a star, even though I don’t like that word. When I was old enough to understand, I wanted to know more about him, discover things about his work and his personality. I can’t get used to the idea that he died so young. It doesn’t make sense to me.

And you are not disappointed?

Quite the opposite! He represents everything that I admire, because he can do everything: act, sing and dance. I think he is a role model for many artists like me. She has the goddess side of the 7th Art for the way she manages her career. I don’t agree with people who say he is a bad actor. He doesn’t always have interesting roles to defend, but he interprets them with absolute sincerity that commands admiration. He is a trendsetter. He understands the inner workings of fame and how to identify yourself and play with your image. Marilyn Monroe was an influencer before others. He controls every last detail knowing very well that each of his costumes, poses and hairstyles will be followed. He perfected his way of expressing himself and left nothing to chance in his representation.

How can you explain his fall if he is so strong?

He succeeds in his professional life and fails in his personal life, which ends up reflecting on his career. He clearly lacked emotional support at all stages of his life. He kept a “little girl” blue part of the flower that believed in love. He is attracted to what shines but also to intellectuals because he always wants to improve. He lived a terrible childhood, completely unstable which made him feel a constant need to be desired, admired but above all respected which is not easy because men always see him as a trophy, flattering their ego by his presence. He was taken advantage of a lot but he also knew how to take advantage of a system he couldn’t change. He played his seduction to exploit the profits. However, it remains weak, identifying itself as a “low-end outfit”. This paradoxical mix of strength and vulnerability is what makes Marilyn so attractive.

Do you consider her a feminist before her time?

She is a feminist in her own way, which I am a little bit. He did not hesitate to speak out in the face of injustice, just as he refused to go to a party because Ella Fitzgerald was forbidden to sing because of her skin color. He also founded his own production company because he wanted more roles that were not being offered to him. This is something I understand better because I finished making my short film and decided to start a show aimed at putting Marilyn in the spotlight. I collaborated with Gilles Gressard, a former film critic turned playwright, for this project that will see the light of day in the 2023-2024 season.

Do you want to play Marilyn?

It’s more complicated than that. I don’t want to be Marilyn or imitate her! There’s no way I’m dressed as Marilyn Monroe. I just want it to be recognized for its fair value and that’s why Gilles and I are working like crazy, skimming through films and books to try to get it. Her “sex-symbol” side isn’t really what interests us about her. It’s not the hero we’re looking for, it’s the woman. He made Marilyn exist in the eyes of the world. I want to highlight Norma Jean, the one hiding under the icon, as a testimony of my love and respect for her. This piece could be a hymn to Marilyn.

Why do you feel so close to him?

The older I get, the more I realize that we have a lot in common. Like finding roles that let our guts out. As in The Thing Behind the Door where I play a woman who is being hunted by demons. I am glad that Fabrice Blin thought of me for this kind of role. His need to be recognized but also to succeed in his personal life made him very close to me. The fact that he found predators on his way is also because I found a bunch of them which, alas, is always a concern when you start young in this profession. Marilyn is part of my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. And it’s too bad if others think I’m crazy. I assume! If you love Marilyn the way I love her, you want to do her justice. I must confess that I would like to know his reactions to the current changes. I am convinced that it will easily find its place in today’s cultural and social landscape. Maybe he’s happier now.

Don’t you think it’s time to leave him alone?

After I played, I think it’s a good idea (laughs)! I will admit that I buy everything Marilyn related. I read all the books, I watched all the reports about him. I’m always happy to discover things I didn’t know, like the fact that she loved Rodin, which I did too. We know him better and better, but I think we should stop digging and let him exist as he has become: a legend. I know I will be with him forever. A little like an imaginary friend near and far, beckoning childhood as well as adulthood.

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