Front Row at Jean Paul Gaultier
July 4, 2012
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: They say that movie sets are 90 percent waiting and 10 percent actual filming. Thatâ€™s certainly how it felt at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show on Wednesday, which doubled as the backdrop for the latest comedy starring ValÃ©rie Lemercier â€” Franceâ€™s answer to Tina Fey.
As the actress sat in character in the front row, flanked by costar Marina FoÃ¯s, a voice announced the show would start in 20 minutes â€” but by that time, it was already almost an hour past the scheduled start. (Gaultier officials insist it was a snafu in the atelier that delayed embroideries, not the movie making, that held up the show.)
Lemercier said the crew had been on site since 8 a.m. shooting scenes. She plays the editor in chief of French Elle, and demonstrated that she has mastered the cattiness that comes with the territory. â€œWe have created a version of Elle that is even more beautiful than the real one, I believe â€” not that thatâ€™s hard,â€ she said, keeping a straight face.
FoÃ¯s, who plays her assistant, said the two characters had a fraught relationship. â€œOn the surface, they appear to have nothing in common, but it turns out they share something very intimate,â€ she hedged. â€œYou can say it,â€ Lemercier shot back. â€œIn fact, she is also my husbandâ€™s mistress.â€
Entering the sweltering space, Bette Midler walked straight into a wind tunnel produced by a large industrial tube located in one of the walls. â€œOh my gosh â€” very funny,â€ she said after taking her seat. Midler, accompanied by her daughter Sophie, said she was â€œon hiatusâ€ and enjoying a family vacation. â€œWeâ€™re all here because we like Paris in the summer. In July, itâ€™s always very nice,â€ she said.