Christian Vadim, invited on the set of a show on Europe1, shared his feelings about his mother Catherine Deneuve’s uncertainties when he chose to pursue an acting career.
Christian Vadim, the result of the union between director Roger Vadim and actress Catherine Deneuve, was able to follow in his parents’ footsteps by carving out a place for himself in the film industry.
However, his mother doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about the idea of seeing her son become an actor.
On Europe1’s microphone, the actor opened up like never before.
He specifically discussed his early professional beginnings, which were a bit complicated due to his mother pushing him to continue his studies.
“I planned to become a lawyer. I was enrolled in law school and then my dad came, ” Christian recounted. “He said to me, ‘Hey, before going to college, wouldn’t you like to earn some money? You can be an assistant, you audition.’ So, I did the reading. I rehearsed the text with the actor who had the potential to be selected. After a while, my dad said to me, ‘You speak well, would you consider acting in my film?’ I replied, ‘Before going to college? Why not.’ That’s how I made my debut in his film ‘Surprise Party’ in 1983.”
Catherine Deneuve had difficulties accepting her son’s career change. According to Christian Vadim, his mother viewed this decision as a challenging gift to handle.
When the film was released, she was very angry and even forbade her son from promoting it. She also contacted her press agent to stop the film from being featured in the media. The 59-year-old actor understood that she acted this way because she was aware of the risks associated with a profession that required solid training.
It should be mentioned that Christian was immersed in the world of cinema from birth.
Since he was very young, he accompanied his mother to film sets, but he had difficulties dealing with certain scenes.
“When I was young, you can’t imagine how disturbed I was by a simple kiss!” he confessed. Now, he finds it easier to watch his mother’s old films.