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Lesbian sex scenes ‘weren’t difficult,’ says ‘Blue’ star

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM

French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos isn’t shy – especially when she talks about her explicit love scenes in the lesbian coming-of-age story “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

“Life is about good work,” she observes. “Good food. Good music. Good lovemaking.

“You can’t trivialize love, and we don’t in this film.”

“Blue is the Warmest Color” (opening Friday) takes love seriously, which is why the three-hour romance won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is Tunisian-born French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s story about a girl’s climb toward adulthood and her love for her female partner (Lea Seydoux).

“She is discovering herself and her partner. She wants to free, but she wants to be in love,” says Exarchopoulos.

The 19-year-old actress signed on for the film to work with Kechiche. “He gives justice to women in his films. ‘Blue’ might sound like a common story,” she says. “But it’s powerful and close to reality.

“He takes people from shadows to light with this story. And he isn’t making a homosexual movie. It’s a love story for everyone.”

She says the lesson in the film is simple. “Time does kill your love life. You’re together and things can become mundane. You have to realize that love is negotiated every single day.”

Negotiating love scenes of the explicit sort didn’t bother her. “I was very aware of what this film required. Yes, I was nervous. But they weren’t difficult scenes. It was all about just being in the moment. “

The actress has both French and Greek roots. She grew up with a guitarist father and nurse mother. As a child, she began taking acting lessons. “It was a way to disguise myself,” she says. She garnered fame with the film “Les Enfants de Timpelbach.”

Now she’s in demand for bigger Hollywood projects and there is Oscar talk for “Blue.”

Le freak out ?

“I can’t even talk about Oscar,” she says. “I can’t think about it. For me, it’s just much too much.”

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