French actress Sagnier sees herself as 'free agent'

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French actress Ludivine Sagnier has not yet been enticed by the glamour of working in Hollywood, preferring to see herself as a "free agent" able to work wherever the wind blows.

The 31-year-old actress is appearing for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for the debut of "The Devil's Double," in which she plays an Iraqi prostitute who becomes the mistress of the son of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

The English-language film, based on true life, tells the story of Saddam's violent oldest son, Uday, and his double, both played by British actor Dominic Cooper.

Sagnier plays Sarrab, one of Uday's mistresses, who eventually falls in love with his double.

Initially, she resisted the role believing it was not for her, but read the script at New Zealand director Lee Tamahori's insistence, and found she was captivated by the tale.

"Sarrab is a prisoner of the system," Sagnier told AFP. "She is chosen by a man she doesn't love, and has no choice but to go along with it. She is forced into constantly playing a role, to cheat, to act."

Asked whether she could be the next French actress to make the trip to Hollywood after Marion Cotillard, Sagnier said she "had no dreams of working in a huge American production, although it is probably something one should experience in life."

"But I am not just interested in Hollywood," she told AFP on the sidelines of the Sundance festival where "The Devil's Double" is being shown out of competition.

"I would also like to work in Korea, Mexico, China ... I like the idea of being a free agent. I am comfortable with diversity, freedom and independence."

© 2011 AFP

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