Magazine article Variety

Pierre Niney

Magazine article Variety

Pierre Niney

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DESIGNS ON STARDOM

Dashing, refined and articulate, 26-year-old French actor Pierre Niney gained mainstream popularity in France with EuropaCorp romantic laugher "It Boy," and broke out last year on a larger stage in Jalil Lespert's "Yves Saint Laurent." His performance as the famed fashion designer earned him a Cesar award for best actor.

EARLY YEARS

Niney trained at the prestigious Comedie-Francaise, and started his acting career in theater, but he has a soft spot for silent film comedy. "I grew up watching Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton," he says. "When preparing a role, I work first on the body language and physical aspects of the performance; the psychological dimension comes naturally, once I'm in character."

FEST FAVE

Niney wowed the crowd with his versatility at the recent COLCOA fest celebrating French films in L.A., playing a troubled writer in Yann Gozlan's Alfred Hitchcock-influenced thriller "A Perfect Man" (which has grossed a healthy $4 million in key overseas territories), and collecting the audience prize for the short he directed, "Pour le role," which made its world premiere at the festival. …

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