Andréa is a lesbian but she’s free enough to have a one-night-stand with a man and not have a problem with it, because she is confident in her sexuality and self-fulfilled enough to not ask herself questions. Right from the start, I knew that this character would have a very rich, complex and unfettered libido, and for me that goes beyond sleeping with women. I think Andréa is more modern than that.
There are gay women who took it badly. I can understand it because it’s quite rare to have a lesbian main character on TV, so we shouldn’t make her sleep with a guy, I get it. The attitude towards sex is quite free in Dix pour cent, there’s a freedom of tone, I thought that freedom of tone was enough and that it would let us play with the codes.
Maybe I was too thoughtless. At that point, we did not realize that it could be hurtful. Maybe we should have been more careful, but we write characters, we do not write for an agenda. From a writing point of view, we have a chessboard of characters that we bring to life and sometimes we exaggerate a little bit for dramatic effect. Maybe we will push the characters faster to places where, in real life, they wouldn’t go, where it would take more time to get.
I wanted to confront Andréa with this question, because she is more rough in her attitude towards motherhood. I wanted to paint a portrait of a woman who becomes a mother differently from what we usually see, I wanted her to be upset by this pregnancy.