RPWW EXCLUSIVES | HIGH LIFE | INTERVIEW & EXCLUSIVE BTS PICTURES | Claire Tran Talks About ‘High Life’, Mink (Her Character), Working With Claire Denis & Robert Pattinson And Shares With Us Exclusive Pictures!

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I would like to send a HUGE MERCI to Claire who has been nothing but adorable, committed and just a delight to talk to. Her character spoke to me. Little Mink, so light but with a depth we cannot really comprehend. It is a pleasure to give you some insight into the actress’ mind as well as in the character’s. A glimpse into ‘High Life’. Beware of some tiny spoilers.

Et encore merci Claire <3


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Claire Tran started taking ballet classes at the age of three in Blackheath, London.

At 15, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSM) in Paris to study ballet. It was there a teacher persuaded her to pursue contemporary dance.
Claire learnt the techniques of Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais, as well as contact improvisation and yoga at the Conservatoire. She graduated in 2006 with a degree in Contemporary Dance.

Marie-Claude Pietragalla, one of the leading names in French dance, offered Claire her first job in Conditions Humaines, and the following year cast her in Sade, Le Théâtre des Fous. Claire toured extensively with the Pietragalla company.
Claire joined in 2009 the Centre Chorégraphique National at the Havre, northern France, where director Hervé Robbe had created Next Days.

In 2010, she joined Christian Bourigault, for his creation Le Théâtre des Opérations, and worked with French actor Jacques Gamblin, who cast her in the duo of dancers in his stage show, Tout est Normal mon Cœur Scintille which toured in France and abroad through 2011-2013.

En 2013 Claire works with Franck Chartier, choreographer for Peeping Tom company and French stage director Jérôme Deschamps in an opera production of Marouf, Savetier du Caire at Opéra Comique de Paris.

En 2014 she dances in another opera, this time with greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis for “Castor et Pollux”, staged by Christian Schiaretti at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris.

Alongside her dance, Claire also builds her acting experience.

Her acting is inspired by a sense of intuition, spontaneity and the people whom she encounters. At the Paris Conservatoire, Annette Barthélemy of the Comédie Française helped her discover the classic French texts, and from Michel Lopez, she learnt improvisation. The short films allowed her to discover cinema.

She has been lucky to work with great directors she admires : Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Mia Hansen-Løve…

Claire can’t resist the appeal of working in film, and seeks to combine dance and acting in her artistic life.
Strengthened by a wide range of performing experience, she is keen to continue exploring and extending her dance and acting skills with choreographers and directors who share her passion and audacity.

From Claire Tran’s website (visit HERE!)

THE INTERVIEW (Interview by Laura, please credit if used):

1. Would you tell us more about your character, Mink?

Mink is a young woman who was sentenced to death penalty, like the others. She was very young when it all happened and when they were sent to space, so she is fragile and pretty neurotic. She can be very violent.

2. How did you get involved in ‘High Life’? 

Claire Denis, who I had worked with before on «Bastards» and «Let the Sunshine in» asked me if I’d like to be in it and sent me the script. I said yes immediately of course.

3. How would you describe the ‘High Life’ story?

For me, it’s a story about loneliness, love and death. It’s about human beings trying to live with their desires and faults in a hostile place. About extreme solitude.

4. How was the filming?

It was great. Very intense. We shot in a studio in Cologne so we were all together for a couple of weeks. It was very nice to spend time with my fellow actors inside and outside the spaceship 😉

5. What did you think the first time you read the script?

I though it was wonderful and ambitious.

6. How was working with Claire Denis?

As usual, very interesting and intellectually challenging. We would talk about space for hours, asking questions to our consultants : Aurelien Barrau – an awesome astrophysicist who came to explain black holes to us, Thomas Pesquet and Tim Peak, two awesome astronauts who had just come back from the International Space Station. It doesn’t get cooler than that right !

We would question Claire about the script a lot during the table reads and have long conversations about our characters.

I love working with Claire because she trusts her actors and she genuinely loves them. I feel loved when I’m with her.

7. What is your favorite scene in the movie?

I don’t want to spoil anything. But it’s a scene where Dibs (Juliette) asks to Monte why he never takes her in his arms.

8. At one point, in the movie, something terrible happens to Boyse. This scene brought so many emotions and feelings… (at least for me) how did you manage, for this short time, to show so much rage, power and insecurity as a woman?

Mia and I became friends on the shoot, so it was very natural for me to be in great pain at that moment. Ewan was sooo impressive during that scene, we did a few takes and he was very very powerful each time. I was just responding to what he was doing.

9. How was working with Robert Pattinson? 

Lovely. He is super nice, and very calm and concentrated on set.

We got on very well.

10. Do you have a special memory of set with him?

I remember a really special moment when we are in the garden with Mia and Rob, and Mia starts singing. He didn’t know she was going to do that and I saw a spark of emotion and surprise in his eye. The shot was on us, so we were the only ones to notice. That was nice.

11. What would you like to say to people so they can go see the movie?

Claire Denis is a brilliant director, and High Life is a voyage you will not forget.

She is a true and uncompromising « auteur », what she creates is unique and special. Every time I see one of her films I feel change inside me. I lately saw her first film « Chocolat » at a screening and honestly I think it is now my favorite.

You MUST see

The End… For now.