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Interview exclusive for Dinna Fash Sassenach 

 

 

Valérie Gay-Corajoud: Hello Lionel, first of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to answer my questions despite your busy schedule. I am happy to give my readers the opportunity to get to know you better beyond your interpretation of a particularly sensitive Louis XV. 

 

VGC: The first question I want to ask you is: Do you think that your experience as a theater actor was useful for you to interpret Louis XV? 

 

Lionel Lingelser: My theater experience has brought me a lot. Especially for the construction of the character. The costume is a real ally of play, it gives me the line, the posture. The character of Louis XV came largely thanks to the costume. Also the king is in constant representation, he is by theatrical birth, it is as if, from his rising, he was on stage. This costume work is work that I also do with my company 

 

VGC: Unlike his bisaïeul, Louis XV was a rather faint and melancholy king and I find that you have perfectly understood this state. Can you tell us how you decided to take on this role? By the way, did you receive strict instructions or were you given a certain freedom of interpretation? 

 

LL: I talked a lot with Metin Hussein, one of the directors. He fed me a lot and clarified the tone that Season II was going to take. Once the framework was clear, I was given a lot of freedom, especially with everything that was the gesture of the king. The writers are also very present on the shoots and are responsible for the spirit of the episode. 

 

VGC: Can you tell us about the shooting conditions on a set as loaded with sets and costumes? And besides, about the king's costumes, each one more wonderful than the other, which one did you prefer to wear and why? 

 

LL: I liked all of my costumes. It was the first time in my acting life that I wore such splendid costumes. Terry is a master at it and she has an incredible team around her.
The shooting conditions are wonderful and very professional. Each and everyone does their job in an admirable way, in the service of this great series. 

 

VGC: How did you manage the clashes of the French and English language (with some Irish and Scottish accents!) During your different dialogues? For example, you apparently had to respond in English when you were several French actors.  

 

LL: We were wonderfully supported in learning and pronouncing the text in English. Coaches are present on the set and follow us closely. It was fun to realize how much we French speak with very little open mouth and monotonous tone while the English language has greater amplitudes. 

 

VGC: The Parisian court was presented in a not very glorious light, whether in the literary saga of Diana Gabaldon or in its television adaptation. What do you think of this unflattering look that Americans have on the Parisian court? Did you take pleasure in going in this direction (I am thinking, among other things, of the rising scene and the chronic constipation of the sovereign)? 

 

LL: I like these oppositions between what we imagine and the reality of the time. Reading the stories, the life of court people was not very glorious. The opulence remains indisputable but the hygiene was terrible. After, Outlander remains a fiction and there is no harm in making fun of it or caricaturing it. Molière was the first to do so and much more frontally. Certainly not glorifying but enjoyable as an actor. We made several more or less exaggerated versions so that in the end, we could choose the right dosage. We laughed a lot for this scene. I remember the Cameraman who cried with laughter and who could no longer stabilize his camera ... very beautiful moment. For my part, the more extreme it is, the more beautiful the challenge, I loved the sunrise scene. Certainly not glorious but what is smooth in the cinema annoys me. 

 

VGC: During this second season of Outlander, we were treated to a magnificent range of French actresses and actors and I admit that it was a treat for us, the French fans. Did you know them before that and did you have the opportunity to find some of them afterwards? 

 

LL :Yes for us too, it was a great chance to be together. It was a happy coincidence but I knew a lot. Stanley with whom I threw at the conservatory, Claire Sermonne was already a friend, Dominique Pinon with whom I had filmed as well as César Domboy. 

 

VGC: If you had the opportunity to go back in time and play another character in the series, who would you wear and why? 

 

LL : No character in particular but to choose I would rather play a character who has a long trajectory. A character who lives multiple lives within the same story. This is what is beautiful and new with the series, the incredible opportunity for an actor to find his character over time and explore all its facets. 

 

VGC: Can you tell us about your upcoming projects? Has Outlander opened other opportunities for you in France or abroad? 

 

LL : Yes, since Outlander I have had many more offers abroad. Not always easy to make them coincide with the schedules of theater. For the future, I participated in a film that was released in France on March II: FORTE, and above all I developed my theater company with several staging projects. 

 

VGC: And finally, if you were to write an epitaph about the Louis XV that you embodied in the series, what would be the terms? 

 

LL :  precious and constipated witch hunter. 

 

 

VGC : Thank you so much dear Lionel for this time that you have given us and wish you to continue exploring the world and time in this wonderful way. Without a doubt, thanks to your service in Outlander, you have broadened and diversified your audience! 

 

 

Valérie Gay-Corajoud,
for Dinna-Fash-Sassenach.com 

Theater
2019 40 ° below zero (Copi) | Louis Arene | Munstrum Theater
2019 Entrailles (Pauline Ribat) | Pauline Ribat
2017 - 2018 - 2019 Price (Steve Tesich) | Rodolphe Dana | Larry
2017 - 2018 - 2019 The dog, the night and the knife (M. Von Mayenburg) | Louis Arene
2017 - 2018 - 2019 From Aubre, Ode to the clitoris (Pauline Ribat) | Pauline Ribat
2016 This second is perfect (Simon Diard) | Eugen Jebeleanu
2015 Friend Do you hear? | Manon Savary
Invalid Court of Honor
2015 Since dawn | by and by Pauline Ribat
2014 The rise of Jipé | by the Munstrum Theater
2013 A Dog in the Head (Stéphane Jaubertie) | Olivier Letellier | Role of the Son
2012-2013-2014 Oh Boy (Marie Aude Murail) | Olivier Letellier | Alone on stage | Théâtre du Phare
2011 An inappropriate visit (Copi) | Philippe Calvario | Role of the journalist | Maison de la culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Théâtre du Beauvaisis
2009-2010 Les fourberies de Scapin (Molière) | Omar Porras | Role of Scapin | International tour
2009-2010 The Last Wedding (Collective creation) | Théâtre Nomade
2008 The black lizard (Yukio Mishima) | Alfredo Arias
National Conservatory of Dramatic Art
2008 The shadow of Venceslao (Copi) | Mario Gonzalez
National Conservatory of Dramatic Art
2008 Celebration (Harold Pinter) | Gérard Desarthe
2008 The seagull (Anton Chekhov) | Antoine Mathieu
2008 Drums at night (Bertolt Brecht) | Sara Llorca
2006 The dispute (Marivaux) | Annabelle Simon
2006 Lucrèce Borgia (Victor Hugo) | Marine Faure
2006 Mice, priests and other critters (After Dario Fo) | Annabelle Simon
2006 Andromaque (Jean Racine) | Vincent Taburet
2005 High museum, low museum (Jean-Michel Ribes) | Jean-Michel Ribes
National Theater of Nice, Rond Point Theater
2005 Winter (Jon Foss) | Cédric Prévost
2005 Salinger (Bernard-Marie Koltès) | Maxime Franzetti | Leslie.
2005 The flesh districts (Jean-Charles Schwartzmann) | Jean-Charles Schwartzmann
2005 Sweet Night (Tadeusz Kantor) | Caroline Nepveu
2004 Introspection (Peter Handke) | Rémy Labourdette
2003 Eve against nature (Ismael Jude) | Ismael 


Staging
2019 Clownstrum | Munstrum Theater
2016 Leaks | Munstrum Theater
2015 Bad Weather | Munstrum Theater
2014 The rise of Jipé | Munstrum Theater collective creation
2014 Musset-Sand Correspondances | Adaptation and reading with Marie Kaufmann
2013 The last lullaby | Solo by Louis Arene. Artistic collaboration
2013 Humor for All | Solo performed and written by Zazon 

Lionel Lingelser

Cinema
2018 Strong | Katia Lewkowicz | (Feature Film) Role of Nicolas
2015 Big House | Jean Emmanuel Godart | (Feature film) Main male role: Marc / Marcy
2015 Marie Madeleine | Steve Catieau | (Short Film) Role of Baptiste
2014 A tale of the Goutte d'Or | Dyana Gaye | (Short Film) Role of Leon
Talents Cannes Adami 2014 / Musical
2011 Bye Bye Mum | Keren Marciano | (Short film) Role of the young man
2011 Bernard at random | Florence Bon | (Short film)
2008 Work in progress | Louis Arene | (Medium-Length) Role of Cloé
2007 High museum, low museum | Jean-Michel Ribes | (Feature film) Role of Jean
2007 15 and a half years ... | François Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux | (Feature Film) Role of Vincent
2007 Surprised by the cold | Justine Malle | (Short film) Role of the young
2006 Wie sie wollen | Laurène Boury | (Short Film) Role of Jürgen
2003 There were five of us | David Hadjadj | (Medium-Length) Role of Miguel 


Television
2018 Osmosis | Léopold | Netflix
2016 Tastes and Colors | Myriam Aziza | Kevin | Netflix
2015 Outlander - Season 2
2008 Disobey | Joël Santoni | Role of Pedro Nùno
2008 Camping paradis | Sylvie Ayme | Role of Vincent
Season 1, Episode 2
2007 The Secret of the Templars, Joséphine guardian angel | Philippe Monnier | Role of Odon | Season 11, Episode 3 

Originally from Sundgau (Southern Alsace), Lionel Lingelser spent his childhood in Illfurth. He started theater from middle school. In final, he meets Barbara Abel, actress, who will stage him in Précalo at the cultural center of the hills. 

 

At 18, his bac S in pocket, he was accepted at the Florent course, where he spent four years, including two years in Free Class. It was during this Free Class that he successfully auditioned to play under the direction of Jean Michel Ribes in his creation: Musée Haut Musée Bas. 

 

In 2006, Lionel presented the entrance exam for the prestigious National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, the official way to hope to join the Comédie Française. Lionel is one of 15 boys and 15 girls who are received out of the more than 1,300 candidates. 

 

During the 3 years spent at the Conservatory, he met renowned directors such as Daniel Mesguich, Alfredo Arias, Mario Gonzales, Gérard Desarthe…
In addition to his lessons, Lionel plays with the Compagnie Lalasonge and takes his first steps on television alongside Mimi Mathy in Joséphine Ange Gardien then Bernard Lecoq in a historic TV movie: Désobéir, and finally at the cinema alongside Daniel Auteuil in comedy by François Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux: 15 and a half. Jean Michel Ribes also reminds us of it for a cinematographic adaptation of Musée Haut, Musée Bas. 

 

To make ends meet, Lionel participates in a few pubs and also tries dubbing for a youth channel and a few American series and films. 

In December 2008, he was hired after audition to play in the Swiss company Teatro Malandro directed by Omar Porras (director of Colombian origin). He then took on the role of Scapin in the Fourberies de Scapin de Molière for an international tour from April 2009 to June 2010. 

 

At the same time he obtained his state diploma symbolically ending the 7 years of theater schools. 

In 2010, he received from the city of Mulhouse the city's Culture Trophy. It was in Mulhouse that he created the company 'Munstrum Théâtre'. 

From 2014, he teaches at the Training Laboratory at the Physical Theater in Montreuil 

Cinema
2018 Strong | Katia Lewkowicz | (Feature Film) Role of Nicolas
2015 Big House | Jean Emmanuel Godart | (Feature film) Main male role: Marc / Marcy
2015 Marie Madeleine | Steve Catieau | (Short Film) Role of Baptiste
2014 A tale of the Goutte d'Or | Dyana Gaye | (Short Film) Role of Leon
Talents Cannes Adami 2014 / Musical
2011 Bye Bye Mum | Keren Marciano | (Short film) Role of the young man
2011 Bernard at random | Florence Bon | (Short film)
2008 Work in progress | Louis Arene | (Medium-Length) Role of Cloé
2007 High museum, low museum | Jean-Michel Ribes | (Feature film) Role of Jean
2007 15 and a half years ... | François Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux | (Feature Film) Role of Vincent
2007 Surprised by the cold | Justine Malle | (Short film) Role of the young
2006 Wie sie wollen | Laurène Boury | (Short Film) Role of Jürgen
2003 There were five of us | David Hadjadj | (Medium-Length) Role of Miguel 


Television
2018 Osmosis | Léopold | Netflix
2016 Tastes and Colors | Myriam Aziza | Kevin | Netflix
2015 Outlander - Season 2
2008 Disobey | Joël Santoni | Role of Pedro Nùno
2008 Camping paradis | Sylvie Ayme | Role of Vincent
Season 1, Episode 2
2007 The Secret of the Templars, Joséphine guardian angel | Philippe Monnier | Role of Odon | Season 11, Episode 3 

Theater
2019 40 ° below zero (Copi) | Louis Arene | Munstrum Theater
2019 Entrailles (Pauline Ribat) | Pauline Ribat
2017 - 2018 - 2019 Price (Steve Tesich) | Rodolphe Dana | Larry
2017 - 2018 - 2019 The dog, the night and the knife (M. Von Mayenburg) | Louis Arene
2017 - 2018 - 2019 From Aubre, Ode to the clitoris (Pauline Ribat) | Pauline Ribat
2016 This second is perfect (Simon Diard) | Eugen Jebeleanu
2015 Friend Do you hear? | Manon Savary
Invalid Court of Honor
2015 Since dawn | by and by Pauline Ribat
2014 The rise of Jipé | by the Munstrum Theater
2013 A Dog in the Head (Stéphane Jaubertie) | Olivier Letellier | Role of the Son
2012-2013-2014 Oh Boy (Marie Aude Murail) | Olivier Letellier | Alone on stage | Théâtre du Phare
2011 An inappropriate visit (Copi) | Philippe Calvario | Role of the journalist | Maison de la culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Théâtre du Beauvaisis
2009-2010 Les fourberies de Scapin (Molière) | Omar Porras | Role of Scapin | International tour
2009-2010 The Last Wedding (Collective creation) | Théâtre Nomade
2008 The black lizard (Yukio Mishima) | Alfredo Arias
National Conservatory of Dramatic Art
2008 The shadow of Venceslao (Copi) | Mario Gonzalez
National Conservatory of Dramatic Art
2008 Celebration (Harold Pinter) | Gérard Desarthe
2008 The seagull (Anton Chekhov) | Antoine Mathieu
2008 Drums at night (Bertolt Brecht) | Sara Llorca
2006 The dispute (Marivaux) | Annabelle Simon
2006 Lucrèce Borgia (Victor Hugo) | Marine Faure
2006 Mice, priests and other critters (After Dario Fo) | Annabelle Simon
2006 Andromaque (Jean Racine) | Vincent Taburet
2005 High museum, low museum (Jean-Michel Ribes) | Jean-Michel Ribes
National Theater of Nice, Rond Point Theater
2005 Winter (Jon Foss) | Cédric Prévost
2005 Salinger (Bernard-Marie Koltès) | Maxime Franzetti | Leslie.
2005 The flesh districts (Jean-Charles Schwartzmann) | Jean-Charles Schwartzmann
2005 Sweet Night (Tadeusz Kantor) | Caroline Nepveu
2004 Introspection (Peter Handke) | Rémy Labourdette
2003 Eve against nature (Ismael Jude) | Ismael 


Staging
2019 Clownstrum | Munstrum Theater
2016 Leaks | Munstrum Theater
2015 Bad Weather | Munstrum Theater
2014 The rise of Jipé | Munstrum Theater collective creation
2014 Musset-Sand Correspondances | Adaptation and reading with Marie Kaufmann
2013 The last lullaby | Solo by Louis Arene. Artistic collaboration
2013 Humor for All | Solo performed and written by Zazon 

Louis XV
First appearance
Introduction to Versailles
Season 2, Episode 2