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Lea Seydoux: I was a street kid with lice

Published 20/11/2015

Lea Seydoux
Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux was an unsupervised child.

Bond girl Lea Seydoux wasn't always a French beauty - she grew up a street urchin with lice, who struggled to find a friend.

The actress was brought up in Saint-Germaine, Paris and admits her parents, a philanthropist and an engineer, were rarely home.

The Spectre star tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've always felt like an orphan. I didn't have any structure.

"I was badly-dressed in too-small shoes. And I had lice.

"I would ask girls to come to my house and play, and they were like, 'No, my mother doesn't want it, there's no supervision'."

The freedom to do what she wanted led her to acting, but her parents were far from supportive when she first told them about her chosen profession.

"When I said, 'I want to be an actress,' my parents were like, 'Bulls**t! Try it if you want, but it's never going to work'."

Seydoux quickly proved then wrong by landing a role in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and followed it up with parts in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and 2013 French film Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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