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This week's five minute philosopher Clémence Poésy on her love of pasta and hatred of maths


What will the French actress make of our existential questions?

What is the difference between right and wrong?
I’m right and you’re wrong… obviously.

Where is your happy place?
Italy. I start smiling the minute I set foot in the country. Everything about it makes me want to do a little dance – the language, the sea, the people, the food. I shot two films there this year – it was great.

Descartes or de Beauvoir?
Desbeauvoiartes? I think therefore I become a woman? A bit of a messy concept, but not bad, eh?

Is it more important to be liked or respected?
Is it possible to like someone you don’t respect? If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? Hopefully, that I’ve made a few people happy.

Who or what is your greatest love?
Bookshops (that’s for the ‘what’, the ‘who’ is my secret).

When did you last lie?
I never lie! Except when I’m late. So I suppose the last time I lied was when I was late, which happens all the time. I guess that makes me a compulsive liar!

Does the supernatural exist?
I don’t know.

Are you fatalistic?
No, but I wish I was.

Clémence can’t wait to say ‘ciao’ to a bowl of tomato pasta

Clémence can’t wait to say ‘ciao’ to a bowl of tomato pasta

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my greatest loves (and they are still my secret!).

Paris or Provence?
Paris. As much as I love Provence, Paris is my home and it holds a bit of my heart.

What talent do you yearn for?
Knowing how to write and play music. Also, I’d like to be able to drive without being utterly terrified.

Do you like to be complimented?
Yes, bring it on!

Do you have a high pain threshold?
My dentist says I do, so…

What artist do you recommend most to others?
Maëlle Poésy [Clémence’s sister]. She directs the most wonderful plays.

What lesson has been the hardest to learn?
Anything to do with maths.

What food sums up happiness?
Tomato pasta (which often comes from Italian kitchens – I’m keeping things logical here).

What have you never understood?
Well, anything to do with maths.

What’s the one thing you want to know before you die?
The answer to question nine.

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?
Even having to answer that question makes me shiver.

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Photography: Francois Berthier/Contour by Getty Images


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