The November 10th, 2023 issue of Madame Figaro features the famous Belgian actress Virginie Efira. Captured by the lens of Mathieu Cesar, Efira makes a chic appearance in a trench coat paired with sleek tights, both from the creative collections of Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. The ensemble is completed with elegant Jimmy Choo heels and Cartier jewelry.
Inside the magazine, stylist Cécile Martin presents Efira adorned with more sophisticated Saint Laurent gowns and Cartier jewels. The look is completed with Rudy Marmet’s expert hair styling, Fred Marin’s make-up artistry and Paulette’s nail finesse.
In her interview, Virginie Efira shared insights into her life, revealing the profound impact of motherhood and her upbringing on her career and personal philosophy. Efira, who recently welcomed her second child, Hiro, with actor Niels Schneider, speaks candidly about the challenges and joys of motherhood, especially at the age of 46.
Efira’s recent roles in “Tout va bien” and “Rien à perdre” reflect her nuanced understanding of motherhood and its complexities. In “Tout va bien,” she portrays Claire, a pillar of strength in a family dealing with a child’s serious illness. In “Rien à perdre“, directed by Delphine Deloget, she plays Sylvie, a single mother who loses custody of her younger son after a domestic accident. These roles, chosen for their depth and departure from stereotypes, reflect Efira’s own experiences and beliefs about parenting.
Reflecting on her journey, Efira recalls the overwhelming desire to be a perfect mother while maintaining her personal and professional life. This quest, she admits, was unsustainable. Her daughter taught her the importance of being present and making the most of where you are. This lesson has shaped Efira’s approach to her second experience of motherhood, allowing her to embrace imperfection and find joy in the immediate love and fascination of her newborn.
Efira also opens up about her relationship with her parents, especially after their divorce. Her mother’s decision not to separate Efira from her father, who took on the primary caregiving role, is something she finds beautiful. This experience, coupled with her father’s dedication and presence, has given her a deeper understanding and appreciation for her parents.
Despite her busy career, Efira has no plans to take a break from acting. She is open to new projects, seeking roles that challenge her and allow her to explore different facets of her personality and acting skills. Efira’s journey from television presenter to respected actress in French cinema is one of self-discovery and the gradual overcoming of her fears.