Charlotte Le Bon's culinary trip in The Hundred-Foot Journey
Montreal actor says being picked by Steven Spielberg was 'pretty overwhelming'
Canadian newcomer Charlotte Le Bon acted in just four scenes with Dame Helen Mirren in Disney's The Hundred-Foot Journey, but admired the Oscar-winner's sense of confidence right away.
"She's very nice and very generous and she's so confident. I wanna be like that when I grow up."
The 27-year-old Montreal actor, living in Paris, plays the protégé of Mirren's character, restaurateur Madame Mallory, in the Spielberg/Oprah-produced foodie dramedy.
It was a learning curve that Le Bon could relate to, as The Hundred-Foot Journey was her first English-speaking role.
As sous-chef "Marguerite", she also needed to perfect her skills in the kitchen. She turned to her famous chef-friend Jean Imbert in Paris for help, and spent a weekend taking notes at his restaurant, L'Acajou.
I wanna be like that when I grow up.- Charlotte Le Bon on working with Dame Helen Mirren
"He's always in movement, always moving, always giving orders, yelling, being a dictator. It's really about that, it's about being a leader."
A former model, then TV host in France, Le Bon first leapt onto the big screen in 2012's Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia with Gérard Depardieu.
Fast forward a mere two years and she's the next big thing, starring in a pair of new, high-profile biographical films: as the fashion designer's muse in Yves Saint Laurent, and alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in director Robert Zemeckis' high-wire tale, The Walk, set for release in 2015.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is in theatres now.