In the States, Gaspard Ulliel (pronounced ull-yell, preferably with a French accent) is most commonly referred to as ‘that one French dude’ or ‘the sexiest man on the planet’—depending on who you ask.
Since getting his modest start in made-for-TV movies in France at 12 years old, Ulliel has built the sort of CV that nobody could have predicted, least of all the actor himself.
It felt more like a dance than fighting because everything is planned in advance.  Well, I studied acting when I was really young, but it was something I did after school for fun with other kids.
When I was 11 or 12 years old, a friend of a friend my mother was working at an agency and she was looking for young actors.
It’s from the 17th century, the beginning of romanticism in French literature.
It’s written in a style that, for young people especially, can feel a bit cold in certain parts.
Ulliel’s most recent role in Bertrand Tavernier’s , a costume drama that premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year, continues to take him beyond home turf recognition toward international idolatry.
I was also pleased with the dialogue because they managed to form this special language that’s credible for this period in history and, at the same time, totally understandable for modern audiences.
It’s not at all how I would speak in modern life, but it was really interesting to work with this kind of language. I learned how to ride from this great trainer and he had amazing horses.
An adaptation of Madame de La Fayette’s 17th century short story, the princess in question is Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful aristocrat who falls for the rakish Henri de Guise (Ulliel), but promised by her father in a political match to marry his childhood friend, Prince de Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). It happens, but not as much as in France, obviously.
The Princess of Montpensier When did you get into New York? I really enjoy this city a lot and have a couple of friends here. It’s mostly French people that recognize me in New York.
At first, it was just something I wanted to do for fun. I don’t know how it all happened, but this film was meant to mix a lot talent from different nationalities. One day, they came to me with the idea of asking Martin Scorsese and of course I said, ‘That’s a great idea.