“Gaspard Ulliel, it was impossible not to love him”

Gaspard Ulliel died suddenly exactly one year ago. The actress Vahina Giocante, who played with him in “Le Premier Cercle”, by Laurent Tuel, in 2009, remembers, for “Paris Match”.

“It’s still a great pain to talk about it. I feel like it happened yesterday. Same feeling as with Jocelyn Quivrin (with whom Vahina Giocante filmed in 99 Francs, died in a car accident in 2009 at the age of 30, editor’s note). They are both immortal angels.

What I remember from my collaboration with Gaspard is the purity of this being. At no time was he in an ego, competitive or seductive relationship. We played a couple in “The First Circle”, and sometimes, in this kind of situation, there can be trouble between two actors. But here, no. There was absolute respect and esteem in him. Rarely have I seen such integrity and sincerity in someone.

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He had this aura that was both magnetic and childish, with irreproachable seriousness and professionalism. Everyone he worked with will tell you the same thing. In fact, it was impossible not to love him.

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And then he had this amazing maturity for his age, as if there was someone older in this young body. As if he had nothing to prove, unlike most young actors who naturally want to impose themselves, he didn’t play on his spectacular beauty. He had a quiet strength.

The directors knew how to highlight its extra soul

Vahina Giocante

As we have many friends in common, we met again without developing a particular friendship, but keeping a lot of esteem for each other. I followed his career made of more and more astonishing choices, with more and more complex roles. The directors were able to go beyond its aesthetics and highlight its depth, its extra soul, an unfathomable mystery that we wanted to unravel. In “Just before the end of the world” by Xavier Dolan, he has a grace, a spectacular depth in his gaze.

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Death mowed him down at a time when he still had so much to offer us

Vahina Giocante

A year later, we are all still shocked. Why him ? Death cut him down at a time when he still had so much to offer us. We wanted to see him evolve, grow old, because he was a rare AND exceptional being – which is even rarer in this environment! Because rare artists, there are quite a few, but they can be obnoxious or full of themselves. Not him. Not Gaspard.

His disappearance, the stupidity of this accident, upset things in each of us about the preciousness and fragility of life. It was like a kind of reminder. We all said to ourselves: “Oh okay! The drama is around the corner, at the corner of a ski slope. It can happen at any time and for anyone, even for angels. »

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