SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Lina Veyrenc: My main activity is acting. I have with my husband a little theater in the 15th district of Paris: l’Atelier theatre Frederic Jacquot. We also manage together a Drama School and we are very proud of our students because many of them are working and meet some success.
SKSM: How did you become involved in La femme dans la chambre?
Lina Veyrenc: I have been informed about the project. As I liked very much Stephen King’s books I knew the novel and I thought the subject was very interesting. So, I sent photos and cv. Fortunately Damien sent me the script!
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Lina Veyrenc: In fact, Damien wanted me to audition for the mother’s part. I have worked very hard and the day I passed the audition Damien told me he really appreciated my work but he thought I was too young to play the mother. As he liked my work he told me he could add a nurse in his script which would be played by myself. I answered positively immediately. The contact with him was very professional and very warm so I really wanted to work with him.
SKSM: If you thinking back are there things that you could do better?
Lina Veyrenc: Things I could do better? I don’t know! I would probably have loved to be older at that time for having the opportunity to play the mother…I’m kidding; Nathalie Bleynie was excellent and gave poignancy to the part.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Lina Veyrenc: There were many, many funny moments. The atmosphere was very warm and we were like children having fun in a playground. Vincent Aze is particularly funny and he has got a great sense of humour. I really enjoyed that time.
SKSM: You worked with Damien Maric on this film, how was that?
Lina Veyrenc: I also really enjoyed working with Damien. Damien is a director who knows exactly what he wants. He is very professional. He never hesitates to spend time to explain to the actors what he wants and it’s very comfortable to work with him. I appreciated him a lot for that too. Well, he loves his actors and to be honest we love to be loved!
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Lina Veyrenc: Well, I don’t really have contacts with the crew. You just make me realize that I’m too busy and I haven’t taken the time to keep in touch with them and it’s very bad. Ok, I will try to change that…
SKSM: What did you do after La femme dans la chambre?
Lina Veyrenc: After “la femme dans la chambre” I returned to the stage in different plays; comedies from Feydeau, Guitry, Maupassant, all are very famous authors. I still play in “Maupassant : Au bord du lit”; we have some performances planned for December. I’m working as an assistant in the next play “George Dandin” which starts on the 12th of November in my theater. And of course I’m open to any professional propositions…
SKSM: Are you (or were you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Lina Veyrenc: Definitely yes I’m a fan of Stephen King’s work. When I was a teen-ager I read most of his books.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Lina Veyrenc: First, many thanks to you, Bernd for having given me the opportunity to answer this interview. I also whish all the best to Damien and thank him a lot for this so great moment I had working with him. And, finally, many thanks to the numerous fans too. The artists couldn’t exist without the public and the fans. Personally, their support makes me happier and better!