Olivier Soler received us in his apartment, the seventeenth arrondissement of Paris, he loves for its popular and chic side at a time. In this amateur photo, the atmosphere is contemporary and bright. Interview.
Comedian, also known for his passion for football, Olivier Soler is back on France 3 in six new episodes of the seventh season of "A French village", series in which he plays the role of Loriot, from 25 October 2016 Alternating cinema and theater, it will be found in January 2017 in "Vive la Crise", a film by Jean-François Davy, with Jean-Marie Bigard and Jean-Claude Dreyfus. Motus at the time of our meeting, he was working on "Revival", a feature film project he co-wrote.
In his daily life, this obsessional of the order had to learn to let go by sharing his life with the queen of the disorder. A private tour under the sign of humor!
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Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Olivier Soler: Outside the toilet, my favorite room is my office! Many things pile up but it is not a den.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Olivier Soler: Rather modern. I keep the side pit for the campaign!
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Olivier Soler: I like to buy pictures and paintings. The photographers I hang on the walls hold the attention: they mix and are all friends.
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"I like buying pictures and paintings."
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Olivier Soler: A very large white leather design rocking chair that follows me everywhere, just like my photos and paintings.
Your favorite color in your home?
Olivier Soler: For the hypochondriac that I am, white reassures me.
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Olivier Soler: Wall sconces that I found on "luminairesdeluxe.fr", a nice site that I just discovered. They are still in their box. I will install them in the entrance and the small hallway.
Decoration is your thing?
Olivier Soler: I'm interested without being interested. I like to flip through the magazines, I sometimes find details that will inspire me. The most important thing is to create your universe by letting things find their place.
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Olivier Soler: The kitchen has a double opening to the living room but has no central island. That avoids me by cooking to cut myself off from others or if I cut myself off from having to scream! Depending on the number of guests, meals are taken either on the small table of the kitchen or in the living room.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Olivier Soler: Camembert chicken, a Norman recipe that I found in an eighteenth century book. We remove the crust of camembert and we take only the heart that is cut into dice as a stuffing with thyme. And we put everything in the oven. It's delicious because the cooking pie becomes very sweet and does not detract from the flavor of the chicken. My friends know this recipe!
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Olivier Soler: I do not like the perfumes of atmosphere: I tolerate only scented candles with sweet fragrances that I find especially at Diptyque or at PK 214.
And the TV, which room?
Olivier Soler: I have a huge screen in the living room. A homogeneity was created naturally with the coffee table in black glass very design and a painting by Olivier Levesque who faces it.
In the living room…
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Olivier Soler: I work silently in my office but as soon as I can, I live music. I listen to rap, jazz and lots of drunk.
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Olivier Soler: Everything is open. There are very large bays. Curtains ? It does not inspire me much ... I am undecided in the matter, because it can also be old! I like light materials like linen. At one time I lived in an apartment where there was height of 9 m under ceiling, I had found in a flea market, thick linen linen table of the 18th century, which I had made into curtains. It was ideal.
What is on your bedside table?
Olivier Soler: The book of the moment, the comforters of my daughter and my tablet!
A deco trick or storage?
Olivier Soler: My real combination for better storage is to buy less. I was compulsive about shopping at a time, and since I calmed down, I have more room. There are tons of tricks but I'm not a decorator! In my daughter's room, it's a nightmare. As she has a trundle bed, we remove the mattress from below to store her toys!
And the books?
Olivier Soler: After 15 years of therapy, I learned to let books find their place, alone. They are stored in the library with the exception of architectural books and photos that are stacked on the floor, or they walk on a coffee table. I do not lend my books. I prefer to give them than to wait for them to be returned to me, otherwise it worries me. When there is too much, I put some in the countryside.
"After 15 years of therapy, I learned to let books find their place, alone."
The book of the moment?
Olivier Soler: I offered it. It's "The meaning of my life" (Gallimard), the last interview that Romain Gary gave on a Quebec radio before his death. I also just read "Richie" (Grasset) Raphaëlle Bacqué, the true story of Richard Descoings: a crazy life and unbridled ...
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Olivier Soler: It would be a show only for TV and I will hang pictures. Many are still on the ground and I also have my tags from my New York period.
Rather orderly or messy ?
Olivier Soler: I am obsessive about storage. The opposite of my wife who does not fit anything. I have always been very orderly and she helps me make progress on brothels. I'm learning to be more relaxed, the family teaches me to let go otherwise it's a tiring struggle.
"I'm obsessive about storage, just the opposite of my wife who does not put anything away."
What are you missing in filming?
Olivier Soler: My world, that is my photos! Generally, hotel rooms are impersonal. Often on long shootings, one can carry personal items.
What did you keep from your Californian era?
Olivier Soler: Memories in my head and my surfboard!
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Olivier Soler: I love the olive tree. Potted plants make me depress: never inside the house! On the other hand, I sometimes offer flowers to my wife, I know it's crazy! He remains in a vase a beautiful bouquet of roses of all colors: he is even more beautiful faded.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?
I do not like buying on the net but I discovered two interesting sites:
- the site "Luminairesdeluxe.fr" for luminaires with a nice choice;
- "Kollective Design Furniture": a site that has just started with modern things and also 50-60 years.
- On France 3: the 6 new episodes of the 7th season of "A French Village". Release dates: October 25 (2 episodes), November 1 (2 episodes) and November 8 (2 episodes);
- A film "Vive la crise" by Jean-François Lévy (release scheduled for early 2017);
- The shooting of a new series on Arte;
- Finally a film project of which I am co-author and which is inspired by a true story. Still suspenseful but this movie should make a lot of noise ... To be continued!