“It’s close to love, less sexuality”

Alexandra Lamy (left) and Melanie Doutey attend the Leonard cocktail party in Paris.  (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)

Mélanie Doutey and Alexandra Lamy, inseparable friends: “It’s close to love, less sexuality” (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)

In the TV movie “Touchées”, broadcast this Thursday, September 22, 2022 on TF1, Mélanie Doutey plays a woman who tries to run away from her violent ex-husband. The feature film is directed by Alexandra Lamy, who has been very close to the actress for many years. So much so that the two women almost consider themselves a couple.

The world of French entertainment is made of rivalries, but sometimes it sees the birth of very beautiful friendships. Melanie Doutey and Alexandra Lamy Prove it for more than 15 years: the two women are inseparable, and do not miss an opportunity to collaborate together, in the same way as their respective former colleagues, Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouchewho share the same type of fusional friendship that is expressed from private to professional life.

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A chance encounter during a shoot.

The friendship that unites Alexandra Lamy dates back to 2003, the year in which Mélanie Doutey gave the answer to Thomas Jouannet, his partner at the time. The shots take place in Morocco, and the protagonist of ‘A boy, a girl’, a young mother of a baby, decides to look for her husband on the other side of the Mediterranean: “Alex had joined us for a few days with his daughter Chloé, who must have been a year old at the time”, said Mélanie Doutey at Gala. From then on, they develop a beautiful bond, which will become a solid friendship on the set of “On va s’aimer” in 2005.

17 years later, this friendship is still strong and forms one of the longest love stories of the two women. Because they often describe themselves almost as a couple. “It’s very similar to love, except sexuality. We touch each other, we kiss each other, we tell each other that we love each other, that we think of each other. ‘We’re not afraid to say strong things to each other.'” they said in a joint interview with Gala in 2017. “We also like to highlight that she is beautiful, happy, we only want good.

Solidarity in the breakup

From his friendship was born that of his former colleagues, Gilles Lellouche and Jean Dujardin. The first had told this anecdote in the columns of GQ: “One day they left us like in a summer house. We had a drink, two, and then we started laughing and it was over…” But in 2013, the two women separated from their respective partners, a few months apart.

The opportunity for them to support each other during the test, but also to find inspiration for a new common project: the movie “Never on the first night”, a comedy that seems modeled on their romantic situations. “Shooting Never on the first night with Mélanie (Doutey) who is my friend and Julie (Ferrier) who is a great friend, saved us time because we already knew how to hug each other. I admire, we did this session without ever being on trial, “he confided about this topic Alexandra Lamy to assigned. An opinion shared by her friend: “It’s a bit silly sometimes, they call us baby cat, for example,” Mélanie Doutey confided to Gala. But most of all, they share a bond and trust that can stand the test of hard knocks. “We have already had disagreements, but we have never fallen to the point of estrangement. She is one of the only ones with whom I can completely empty myself. Between us we know that there is no trial.”

many joint projects

In front of the cameras or on the theater boards, Alexandra Lamy and Mélanie Doutey do not miss the opportunity to collaborate, as recently with the TV movie “Touchées”. A very emotional moment for the director who is behind the camera for the first time: “I remember when I called Mélanie to tell her that I wanted her for the role of Lucie, we were very emotional. Our tearful hit thread must have been ridiculous! Inevitably, from the first ‘Action’, the tears came back,” he confided to TV 7 days. A choice in the colors of the obvious.

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