Pop Quiz: Lou Doillon


Aidin Vaziri | Even though Lou Doillon played her first gig ever at a tiny Parisian club just a year ago, her music has already found an international audience. Supplementing her acting and modeling careers, the 31-year-old daughter of actress Jane Birkin and French film director Jacques Doillon (her half-sister is actress Charlotte Gainsbourg) makes a convincing case for her latest venture on her seductive debut album, “Places.” It went gold in France in a week. Doillon performs next Sunday at the Great American Music Hall. She spoke to us from her home in Paris.

Q: You were famous in France before this album came out, but nobody was quite sure why.

A: All of France knew who I was but didn’t like me too much. I was just the daughter of and sister of, whatever that means. I was scared of releasing the album. I was concerned because I thought if the press attacks the last side I kept private, would I survive or not? My producer said, “Everybody hates you already. What have you got to lose?”

Q: Did the album turn things around for you?

A: Absolutely. I’ve had 30 years of people spitting in my face. For the last year people are mad. From one day or another, people stop me 10 times a day to tell me to keep doing the music. More funnily with the press, for the first three months every single interview started with, “I received the album and I thought it was going to be s-. I didn’t like you. I didn’t think I was going to like it. But it’s great.” It was crazy. It was fun in a way, but also very horrifying.

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