Seydoux admits she had a few doubts at first about working with Adèle, who is nine years younger and several inches taller. ”Kechiche insisted that Exarchopoulos was his pick for Adèle and he was proved right.She asked director Kechiche if Exarchopoulos was really the right woman for the role, for a story that was adapted from a graphic novel by Julie Maroh.“When I first met Adèle it was like, ‘Wow, this girl has a strong character! The two women clicked.“Adèle and I met on this little screen test and it happened immediately,” Seydoux says. ’”Becoming fast real-life friends really helped when it came time for them to bare all, both physically and emotionally.“It helps for the sex scene,” Exarchopoulos says.

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pure heart.” Seydoux faces competition at the Baftas from the likes of 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o.

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux don’t bat an eyelid when Star photographer Rick Madonik asks them to pose for his camera on a Toronto hotel bed.

The Palme jury led by Steven Spielberg was so impressed by the two French actresses it made the highly unusual move of including them in the Palme award, since Cannes frowns on handing out multiple prizes to a single film.

Exarchopoulos, 19, looks as if she’d like to remain on the bed. ” she says sleepily, as she prepares for her first interview at TIFF.

For her performance, she received the Trophée Chopard Award for Female Revelation of the Year and became the youngest artist ever to be awarded with the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

She is the daughter of Didier Exarchopoulos, a guitar teacher and Marina Niquet, a nurse Moving on to her personal life, these days she is in a serious relationship with the Blue is the Warmest Colour's actor.

Exarchopoulos jokingly breaks into a few bars of the Katy Perry hit, “I Kissed A Girl.”The two also don’t deny the effect making Blue had on them.

They became friends almost immediately, despite the sizeable gap in their ages and career experience.

Adds Exarchopoulos: “Abdellatif told us, ‘I want to shoot the passion in every kind of aspect it takes. But we knew it was all part of the shoot.”The two women hope to work together again someday.

Sexuality is really important when you have a very strong feeling for someone.’ Sometimes it was funny. Right now, the biggest joy for them is knowing that their Blue romance is affecting many people.“One day one woman came to me and she was really emotional, she almost cried,” Exarchopoulos says.

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