JEAN-BAPTISTE MAUNIER

ACTOR AND SINGER

WRITTEN BY AZADEH ZORAGHI
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Jean Baptiste Maunier, born 22nd december 1990 in the Var region of southern France. he is an accomplished singer and actor with credits including the French cinematic classic Les Choristes, by Christophe Barratier, 2004.

Do you consider yourself narcissistic?

No, not particularly. although I think we all are a little. especially, in our industry of actors and models. But I wouldn’t, as such, consider myself narcissistic.

I also personally wouldn’t consider it a flaw, as I am very interested in others and I never boast of my achievements. all throughout my childhood, I was surrounded by others who helped me maintain a certain humility.

What is your earliest memory of childhood?

That’s a very good question. I have so many memories. The ones that I recall often for example would be the first time I performed on stage at the age of 9. But to even go further back, would be the recollection of my father’s motorbike. I was 3 or 4 years old and we took a series of photos where I was dressed as a rocker.

When you were, say 10 years old, what did you imagine you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a journalist. My dad is a cameraman for sporting events. so for as long as I can remember, I always tagged along with him.

A word to describe your childhood? A time of…

A time of beautiful chance meetings.

And your adolescence?

The time to discover myself.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I still seem to look like a little boy. I wouldn’t mind looking my age. (laughs)

“Time passes”, how does this notion of time reflect in your life?

It’s the opportunity to develop roles and find other things to do.

Does the notion of time passing frighten you?

One becomes sentimental, one becomes more pensive, you get more experienced so you think things through twice.

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