‘Drops of God’ star Fleur Geffrier tells tales like a sommelier does


The breathtaking first season of Apple TV+ drama Drops of God was deeply, compulsively consumable, identical to the high-quality wine on the present itself. An enchanting portrait of obsessives consumed by a familial burden — and the promise of tens of millions — the season wrapped at present with a implausible finale.

Cult of Mac spoke to guide actor Fleur Geffrier in regards to the means of inhabiting a wine professional’s palette, the challenges and classes she discovered whereas making Drops of God, and easy methods to make the inner exterior.

An interview with Fleur Geffrier of Drops of God

Primarily based on the manga of the identical title, Drops of God considerations Camille Léger (performed by Geffrier), a girl whose world is rocked by the demise of her estranged father, Alexandre Léger (Stanley Weber), which sends her on a sudden plunge into the world of high-stakes wine gross sales and data.

Camille is thrust right into a form of duel with Issei Tomine (Tomohisa Yamashita) for her father’s fortune. Every should show they perceive wine and the teachings Alexandre tried to impart to them, the issues about wine that make life price residing. I spoke to the charming Geffrier in regards to the present as its final episode was about to air.

Cult of Mac: I write about TV for a residing, so can get used to the concept that I’m by no means going to see something actually new and thrilling. So I used to be pleasantly stunned when this present checked out first, after which acted ultimately, like very little else on tv. While you started studying these scripts after which performing this character, what was it like to find what Camille’s journey on this world was going to be?

Fleur Geffrier: I actually loved having such a superb time with Camille. I felt actually near her. I felt it once I learn the script. I used to be visualizing myself within the scenes; it was bizarre and particular and intriguing. After I was on set, it was easy! I don’t know easy methods to clarify it. The work we did with the director Oded Ruskin — we acquired alongside and we understood one another shortly and effectively. I knew my strains by coronary heart straight away, and I got here on stage and Camille was there! I felt actually near her in some ways. Generally I used to be stunned as a result of she’s type of humorous. That stunned me a little bit, to be trustworthy.

Bringing the character of Camille to life on Drops of God

Cult of Mac: A lot of the present is about Camille’s thought course of, the way in which she thinks about issues, remembers them, intuits them. It’s very a lot about externalizing what are by nature very inner processes.

Geffrier: It’s attention-grabbing as a result of in actual fact all the method she goes via … the very first thing is to be in, to expertise the feeling of the wine. Then there’s the inquiry she does along with her pals. It’s inquiry about wine nevertheless it’s largely about her father. She tries to bond with him via this; it’s very intimate, all of this. It’s one thing from the intestine.

As an illustration when Camille describes a wine … I actually tried to really feel every part she was feeling. How a style can change you. A scent that connects with reminiscence. Everyone knows the way it feels to recollect one thing and really feel these issues. Camille was a lot the identical; I attempted to attach along with her interior baby.

Getting inside Camille’s stomach, not her head

Fleur Geffrier and Tomohisa Yamashita in <em>Drops of God</dm>
Issei (performed by Tomohisa Yamashita, left) and Camille (Fleur Geffrier) work with wine in Drops of God.
Photograph: Apple TV+

Cult of Mac: She’s a really tightly wound character, however as you say there’s quite a lot of humor. How do you stroll that tightrope with out overthinking it? I’d suppose that will be a very troublesome activity.

Geffrier: It’s completely to do with instinct. Feelings. Emotions. It’s all occurring within the stomach, like right here [she indicates her stomach], it’s not right here [she points to her head], and he or she tries to place into phrases what she feels. The wine, her feelings, her father. She discovers the wine and on the similar time, she reconnects along with her personal historical past. She rediscovers herself.

Cult of Mac: And to deal with all of this whereas additionally working via an entire universe of terminology regarding a self-discipline that should have appeared so alien earlier than the present began …

Geffrier: I watched some actual sommelier exams, which was fairly spectacular. I skilled with a French sommelier named Sébastien Pradal for a morning. We got here to his restaurant, he opened some wine and he made us scent it and style it at 9 within the morning. That was type of humorous. You may get a little bit drunk on two hours of smelling. You may really feel your head spinning a little bit.

Simply to reassure you, on the set we have been largely consuming water. Meals is the worst. You may see on some exhibits, like I bear in mind on Massive Bang Idea, I watched it quite a bit they usually’re consuming salad however they’re simply doing this [she mimes poking a plate with a fork and laughs]. Should you put meals in your mouth, it’s a must to do it repeatedly and once more. There’s a scene within the second episode the place I drink a full glass of wine. It was grape juice. I believe we did 16 takes? Ten or 15. By the tip, my stomach was making bizarre noises. I can’t drink that anymore, that’s for certain. We had actual wine for filming close-ups as a result of you’ll be able to see the tears of the alcohol and you may all the time inform when it’s not actual. The primary time I did it, I used to be nervous.

We acquired some coaching on easy methods to maintain a glass, first issues first. What does a sommelier do? How do they practice? How do they work? It’s type of a superpower nevertheless it’s largely coaching. It’s like telling a narrative. It’s like being an actress, truly. You need to inform a narrative in regards to the wine and catch the viewers and make them consider their story. I believe more often than not, it doesn’t matter what the wine is, it’s about the way you inform the story. The way you develop an thought, which is similar factor I do in my job.

Cult of Mac: Of all of the stuff you discovered, what stunned you most?

Geffrier: I discovered about me and my job. I discovered to be within the second. To be current. To chill out and belief your self. I bonded with the crew — we have been all in it collectively as a workforce, as an enormous household. I felt like I used to be on the proper place on the proper time with all these folks. I discovered quite a bit about wine, in fact. I really feel extra assured in selecting wine at a restaurant.

The perfect moments in Drops of God

Fleur Geffrier and Tom Wozniczka during the cathartic finale of <em>Drops of God</em>
Camille (performed by Fleur Geffrier, left) and Thomas (Tom Wozniczka) embrace in the course of the cathartic season finale of Drops of God.
Photograph: Apple TV+

Cult of Mac: Most likely my favourite second on the present occurs within the penultimate episode when Camille is about to enter what she thinks is the final problem, and he or she goes to the closet in her resort room and finds a swimsuit hanging there. And also you crammed this couple of seconds with such which means and portent; the swimsuit appears to characterize the determine of her useless father, but in addition the individual she may have been.

Geffrier: I keep in mind that second, it was particular. It was all ready for her, and he or she’s nonetheless alone on this closing. On this second, she’s alone. She’s coming into this room and doesn’t know what’s going to occur, and he or she thinks it’s the tip, the final problem, after which she sees this costume.

You completely get it — the absent father, perhaps her future, perhaps one other life she may have lived. She didn’t select this life. She agreed to a few of it, however she didn’t select a lot of her life, even her choices aren’t for her. It was actually solemn.

About that Drops of God season finale …

Cult of Mac: I used to be stunned by the ending, having been skilled by quite a lot of status TV to anticipate a much less sunny outlook. How did you’re feeling about it? To me, it felt like the competition may have gone the opposite manner. I used to be conflicted and nervous. By the tip, I wasn’t certain what I needed.

Geffrier: What did you need to occur?

Cult of Mac: I don’t know! I imply, I really feel like your character may have dealt with the frustration higher! Issei is so disciplined and his feelings are at an extra take away and your character was a little bit extra used to life. It will have been extra devastating for Issei if he misplaced versus Camille. I felt for him!

Geffrier: What she’s reacting to is that she thought she was attending to know and bond along with her father, to know the individual he was, however then she realizes he’s not the individual she thought he was. There’s a scene the place she asks Lorenzo about Luca, when she finds out he’s solely involved with cash. She asks, “Do you suppose my father was like this?” She doesn’t know, however he says, “I don’t suppose so, no.”

And he isn’t however he’s nonetheless horrible. She’s devastated, she thinks perhaps the entire thing was a technique to bond along with her brother, however no. She realizes he’s simply this man who needs one of the best of his youngsters to … effectively, it’s actually fucked up. What does he suppose, he’s god? She feels betrayal, and much more so when she realizes her father was dishonest on her mom. Why do you try this? You ask for the drops of god. She takes it actually arduous and this look on her face … she has an enormous mood.

Cult of Mac: Is it safer and/or simpler so that you can attempt to discover the emotional content material of the character within your self, in your previous experiences, or to invent it from entire fabric?

Geffrier: Invention. I all the time attempt to step into my character’s footwear, their physique, to really feel what she feels. To not attempt to bear in mind how I handled any emotion previously. I attempt to actually think about what Camille would have felt.

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Scout Tafoya is a movie and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay sequence The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Movie Remark, The Los Angeles Overview of Books and Nylon Journal. He’s the writer of Cinemaphagy: On the Psychedelic Classical Type of Tobe Hooper and However God Made Him A Poet: Watching John Ford within the twenty first Century, the director of 25 characteristic movies, and the director and editor of greater than 300 video essays, which will be discovered at Patreon.com/honorszombie.



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