Isabelle and Zoé Adjani evoke in two interviews granted to Paris Match this unbreakable bond which unites the aunt and her niece, woven of affection and admiration, and marked by the mourning of Eric, the brother of Isabelle and the father of Zoe.
Different but accomplices, Isabelle Adjani and her niece Zoé, are at the top of the bill at the same time, the first in the new film by Nicolas Bedos, “Mascarade” and the second in “Les Amandiers”, a film by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi on Patrice Chéreau, the director of “La Reine Margot” with… Isabelle Adjani in the title role. A fascinating alignment of stars for the accomplished star and the one in the making: “I am so happy that my niece is part of the cast of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi… Valeria spoke to me about the participation of my Zoé Adjani with admiring tenderness, and “ The Almond Trees” is the film in official competition at Cannes that I most want to see,” confides the actress in the interview she gave to Paris Match.
“My niece is a blessed child!” she continues. I would have liked so much to be like her at 20, in the joy of living from morning to night… I admire her intelligence, her determination, the sincerity of her commitments. She is an example of resilience. The painful way of life then the death of his father, my brother, Éric, of whom we speak with love, did not darken his desire. As independent as she is, I will be there for her until the end of my life. Out of respect, I will never seek to substitute myself for his mother. To love tenderly, to be his aunt at every shared moment is enough for me.
Her name is Zoé-Leilla, with two “l”s because her father saw the arrival of this little girl as that of an angel.
As an echo, Zoé evokes her aunt in an interview published in Paris Match in October 2021 and this deep bond which unites them, welded by the memory of Eric, this father who left so early, on December 25, 2010, at the age 53 years old: “I got most of my character from my dear dad who was very rebellious, very angry, an anger that ended up devouring him. He couldn’t find a way to exteriorize her and she turned against him. With my aunt Isabelle, we talk about him, sometimes, when we succeed, she like me. It’s not simple. Many upset stories… I lost my father, she lost her little brother. You can imagine the harm that can do! »
For Zoé, this loss is also the touchstone of her identity, which Isabelle Adjani understood very well: “Who is not looking for their roots, their origins? Her name is Zoé-Leilla, with two “l”s because her father saw the arrival of this little girl as that of an angel. He wanted her to have symbolic wings to live her life. She did not know my father, alas, but I know that she undertakes her genealogical research with the strength of her energy and her beautiful constancy.
A tribute that Zoé completes with her words: “I would rather speak of a quest for legitimacy. With the name that I bear, I have not ceased, since my childhood, to be questioned and, inevitably, to ask myself.
Questions that do not prevent certainties, especially in the face of good souls, providers of bad advice: “I have often been advised to change my name. You realize ? Cross out my dad’s name when I’m doing all this for him!”