Paris, France
Emma, 30
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a bit about Emma

What are you working on these days?

I’m an actress, and I work in a shop in town.

What drives you mad these days?

My work as an actress. You got to stay real cool, cause even after 10 years studying acting, it’s almost impossible to find a job in it. So I write and create on my side. And fight, and wait.

What makes you happy?

Acting. It’s heaven to me. Since I’m 8. And I love singing, it helps me to free all my frustration and pain. Other than my job, It makes me more than happy to see my family smiling and laughing together.

When was the last time you cried?

Honestly? I cried for a guy. It’s been a long time that I didn’t cry for a boy. I feel like a little girl. Tears pourin’ out all the time these days.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Ray Charles: Hard Hearted Hannah (my favorite singer, Hanna is my real name, so this song helps me to feel beautiful when I’m heartbroken) Blossom Dearie: c’est le printemps/ plus je t’embrasse/ deed I do/ tout doucement.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Dirty dancing! Beautiful one, first time I saw it…damn I cry during the whole movie.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I’m going to Hotel de Ville, to second hand shops like “Kilos shop”… you can find cheap and beautiful clothes, or Etienne Marcel there too.

What’s your go-to café in Paris?

To L’Ile Saint Louie, you have a lot of cute cafés near the bridge.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Rue des Martyrs, till la Place des Abbesses. Then you still climbin’ up more and more…

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?

Ride a bicycle through the city and feel the wind blowing through my hair.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Woody Allen, I will bring him to eat at “le derriere” – a great restaurant, with beds and a fumoir with weird statues. Lonesco style.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Going to the small cinemas in Odeon. Then to the African bar ” le Comptoir général” to eat and drink. It’s warm and has great African music and cocktails. With the small garden that looks like a small jungle. Must be pretty under the rain.

What’s that place in Paris you feel like only you know about?

I like small and warm bars, like la Candelaria, or a small and hidden whisky bar in a pizzeria in Bastille, “moonshiner” – red lights, very good Old fashioned cocktails and sweet old music. You feel like in old movies, or Scorsese one’s.

If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Walking all day though Paris, on bridges, and stop and sit in beautiful terrasses. Just enjoying the city like it has to be.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Montmartre / Parmentier / Gambetta.

What’s the spot in Paris you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Some bars in Saint Germain…I don’t like the people who go there at night.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Le Perchoir is a bar on a roof, beautiful, exotic, and when you go there to celebrate it totaly feels like a holiday.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Walking on the streets in early morning, or at the sunset, feel and write. And of course playing some music, singing.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

The Silencio club, fancy and greats drinks and crazy small gigs. In summer I go to le Nuba, because it’s on a huge roof, it’s chill and easy, there are very good dj’s, you can dance and see paris at the same time.

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