French actor Pio Marmaï takes the cover of Madame Figaro’s September 15th, 2023 issue, which is dedicated to menswear. Captured by photographer Matthew Brookes, Marmaï is seen wearing a Dior Men t-shirt on the cover, exuding an air of casual sophistication.
Inside the magazine, stylist Sylvie Clemente curates a selection of outfits for Marmaï from top labels such as Berluti, Uniqlo, Levi’s, Maison Margiela, AMI Alexandre Mattiussi, and Hermès. Hair styling is done by Claudio Belizario, with make-up by Angloma, and a manicure by Brenda Abrial, completing the overall polished look.
Pio Marmaï, a name that resonates with the elegance of French cinema, is on the brink of turning 40. With a career that has spanned over a decade and a half, Marmaï has become one of the most sought-after actors in the French film industry. His roles have been diverse, from the works of Cédric Klapisch to Élie Wajeman, showcasing his versatility and depth.
Marmaï’s recent role in “Une année difficile,” directed by the duo Nakache-Toledano, sees him portraying a charming loser who encounters young eco-activists. The film delves into the theme of eco-anxiety, a topic that Marmaï admits he doesn’t personally feel but recognizes its significance. “I was born in 1984, and when I was young, climate change was barely a topic,” he reflects. This role, among others, has allowed him to immerse himself in the pressing issues of our time, leading to personal growth and awareness.
The actor’s journey has been one of self-discovery. From his childhood days, where he crafted stories and imagined friends, to his current stature in cinema, Marmaï has always been in motion. “The softness drove me crazy, and it still does,” he admits. But with age, there’s a newfound serenity, albeit tinged with terror. “I found a place that I like, but when I’m very happy, I feel that a backlash awaits me,” he muses.
Marmaï‘s approach to his roles is reflective of his personal philosophy. When asked about the humor in “Une année difficile,” he believes that one can address even the gravest subjects with a touch of levity, as long as the intent is empathetic. He draws parallels with classic Italian comedies, where humor serves as a survival mechanism in a society under strain.
As he looks ahead, Marmaï is conscious of the evolving landscape of cinema and the world at large. The recent movements within the film industry have prompted introspection. “It’s too easy to say others messed up without scanning one’s own actions or words,” he states candidly.