Monday, August 15, 2011

VIP (Very Interesting Parisian) Interview

How does one start their career in France as a lawyer and end up presenting one of the coolest shows on French TV?

It helps to write five books, win two book awards, and have one book made into a movie. Working on one of the most popular radio shows in France, Europe 1's La Matinale, helps too.

Please get to know the man who was able to pull this career change off, in France no less. Pas mal.

Monsieur Philippe Besson.

(If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you've already met Philippe in a previous post. He's the very French and very handsome host of the TV show Paris Dernière.  La Mom was invited to the Paris Dernière Los Angeles TV launch a couple of months ago. Since Philippe's a huge fan of LA, this interview has been expanded to include some of his favorite things in Paris and LA.)

Beverly Hills or Bel Air? Beverly Hills. I killed off one of the main characters in one of my books here because BH is definitely a good place to die. J’y ai fait mourir le personage central d’un de mes romans. Car Beverly Hills est, assurément, un endroit pour mourir.

Favorite LA restaurant? Basix on Santa Monica Boulevard. I recommend the pizza argula prisciutto. 

LA Lakers or LA Dodgers? LA Galaxy ! The French are into soccer and then there's David Beckham you know... Nous, Français, sommes très football. Et puis, David Beckham, quand même…

Favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in LA? Have an ice cream on the terrace of the Yogurt Stop on Santa Monica Blvd or hang out at Venice Beach.Manger une glace sur la terrasse du Yogurt Stop sur Santa Monica Boulevard. Ou filer à Venice Beach. 

Favorite LA landmark? The Chateau Marmont.

How many times a week do you spot a celebrity in LA? Every time I grab a coffee at Starbucks  next to my place. A chaque fois que je prends un café au Starbucks en bas de chez moi. 

The Hollywood Reporter or Variety? Vanity Fair.

Have you ever been to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party and what was it like? Never. Jamais. Hélas.

David Letterman or Jay Leno? Chelsea Lately.

Starbucks or Les Deux Magots? 
Starbucks without a doubt. The clientele are young, beautiful, and dressed down. Starbucks, sans hésiter. Les gens y sont jeunes, beaux, et habillés léger.

Paris or LA? L.A.

Favorite French writers/singer/actor? Marguerite Duras/Etienne Daho/Catherine Deneuve

Mariages Frères or Ladurée? Ladurée.

Favorite museum in Paris? Orsay.

Favorite restaurant in Paris? Joe Allen, un restaurant américain, rue Pierre Lescot.

Favorite neighborhood in Paris? Montorgueil, the young people hang out in the street, for the restaurants, the carefree feeling.  La jeunesse piétonne dans la rue, les restaurants, la nonchalance.

Left Bank or Right Bank?  I live in the 14th...J’habite le 14ème…

Favorite blogs? I'm careful about them. I'm terrorized about the comments people leave sometimes. It's borderline hate, isn't it? Je m’en méfie. Je suis terrorisé par les commentaires que les gens
laissent parfois. Ça flirte avec la haine, non ?

Who's hotter - Dominique de Villepin or Nicolas Sarkozy? Dominique de Villepin, of course. At least when you look at him, you have to look up. To look at the other one...  DdV,évidemment. Au moins, quand on le regarde, on lève les yeux. Alors que pour regarder l’autre…

Evian or Badoit? San Pellegrino.

Macarons or cupcakes? Croissants.

Espresso or café crème? Americano.

Vin rouge or vin blanc? White, with ice cubes. Blanc, avec des glaçons..

Amelie Poulain or Carrie Bradshaw? Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) dans « Damages »

Paris or Provence? Paris. I can't stand the sound of cicadas. J’ai horreur du bruit des cigales

Métro, taxi, or Vélib? Métro dans la journée. Taxi après 20h. 

Book or Kindle? Book ! The odor and texture of the paper are irreplaceable. L’odeur et la texture du papier, irremplaçable. 

Café Costes or the bistro du coin? Bouquet d’Alésia, next to my place where I go to read my morning newspapers. En bas de chez moi. Je vais y lire mes journaux le matin

iPhone or iPad? The iPhone serves a purpose. What's the iPad useful for except showing off? iPhone, ça sert à quelque chose, l’iPad ? A part se faire remarquer ? 

Le Figaro or Le Monde? Le Monde.

Check out Philippe Besson on Paris Dernière every Saturday night at 11:30 PM as he dishes on the hottest places to hang and who to hang with when visiting Paris by night.

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Beadboard UpCountry said...

I have heard of him.... Interesting man.... Love his answers about the Ipad and Starbucks over Deux Magots.Hope you had a fun vacation.Maryannexo

Sweet Freak said...

He's quite the contrarian, non? Though I find anyone who would choose LA over Paris suspect, you can't argue with his choice of Parisian neighborhoods!

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Maryanne Thanks for stopping by. Only one La Mom is back from vacation. Can you guess who?

@Sweet Freak I agree, LA over Paris? I don't get it either. It was fun talking to him about his love of LA, though. The guy is a HUGE fan.

shelley said...

he must be childless... an iPad is the number #1 most important peice of equipment a mother can arm herself with. I can immobilize a roomful of kids with just the swipe of a finger........

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Shelley - You are spot on! Love your comment!


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