She is my real muse. Daughter of Jane Birkin and French filmmaker Jacques Doillon. There’s talent galore in that family… I’ve recently stumbled across this interview with Olivier Zahm in Purple Magazine and I felt very identified!
O— But deep inside, you’re a romantic. You believe in absolute love.
L— Absolutely. I believe in a love that is unattainable in today’s world.
O— You must end up suffering nonstop.
L—Yeah, but lately I’ve become super heroe. I’d thought I was the victim of dark men, but now I’ve realized that, no, I’m looking for muses. I’m an artist; I dwell in sadness. And I do love to fall in love with assholes and am constantly surprised by it. But thanks to them, I go through very dark moments. I draw, I read like a madwoman, I write songs…
O— Is love the center of your life?
L— Well, I have a mother who’s a kind of object of desire and a father who’s a libertine. In my fucked-up mix I’ve decided to be an absolute puritan and at the same time to want absolute love, like my mother had with Serge, which is completely fucked-up and impossible.
O—You’re the daughter of the woman who incarnated sexual freedom in France!
L— Only for one man, which is an interesting and important thing. I love, and it’s hard. The moments I am with a man are the moments when I’ll be sexier. It’s the only time when I want everyone to desire me, but for him to have the pride of being the only one to have me. Most people don’t understand it. They think I’m more like my generation, which means that I could go off with any man, but I’m not.
O— Your music is about the aspiration for love, which gives your songs a classic tone.
L— Yeah, absolutely. I don’t like soul music very much because is only about “I want to have sex with you tonight” or “God I miss having sex with you”. That is our common obsession, anyway. That is the only thing people think about.
O—But your generation is not obsessed by love. Is obsessed by pleasure. Is there some truth on this?
L— It’s true. We are in a culture where you should never be alone. You should have friends on your computer, friends outside, you need to know how many friends you have, how many lovers you had… I have such a wonderful imagination that I don’t need shit relations.
This video really gave me thrills… It´s called ”Miracle” and was directed by Stephanie di Giusto for the fashion brand Vanessa Bruno.
“I first met Serge when I went to Paris to audition for Slogan, which he was starring in. I had just separated from the composer John Barry, so I was feeling miserable. I don’t think Serge thought that I was particularly attractive or interesting, and he didn’t seem to take much notice of me”.
“Pierre Grimblat, the director, organized a dinner for us. I was left with Serge, whom I expected to be very arrogant. I was so surprised when I pulled him onto the dance floor and he said, “No, I don’t know how to dance!” Then he walked on my feet, and I thought it was so charming”.
“Sex was his obsession. With the song “Je T’aime Moi Non Plus,” I did it because I didn’t want anyone else to do it. It was hot stuff and was banned by the Pope and the BBC. That was the greatest PR we could have, as Serge used to say. The Guardian said it was the sexiest song in history”.
“I’ve never gone into why I left him. He was somebody who drank a vast amount. It started out being funny the first 10 years, and then it got monotonous. After I left him, strangely enough, he wrote the most beautiful and best songs he ever wrote for me”.
“Our friendship went on until his dying day. He rang me in London to say he bought me a big diamond because I had lost one that he’d given me. I said, “Oh, stop drinking, Serge.” And a day later, on March 2, 1991, he was dead.”