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Mathieu Amalric entered the world of cinema with the intention of becoming a director, but his friend and close collaborator Arnaud Desplechin launched him on an alternative path when he cast him in the lead of his 1996 film My Sex Life. In the years that followed, Amalric honed his craft in dozens of films with directors as varied as Olivier Assayas, Julian Schnabel, and Steven Spielberg, and he has become one of the finest actors in modern cinema. At the same time, he has maintained an equally impressive parallel career as a filmmaker, culminating in his stunning adaptation of Georges Simenon’s The Blue Room (in which he stars with his wife Stéphanie Cléau, who co-wrote the screenplay). We’re eager to sit down and talk with this brilliant, funny, and adventurous artist.