The ceremony’s mistress at the Cannes 2022 Film Festival, Virginie Efira, has been happy in a relationship with actor Niels Schneider for several years. She rarely confides in their relationship, but sometimes shows up by her side.
[Mis à jour le 17 mai 2022 à 14h00] Virginie Efira has been selected to serve as a ceremonial mistress at the Cannes Film Festival. The former host, who became an actress, could very well appear on the Croisette’s red carpet on the arm of her partner Niels Schneider, with whom she has shared her life since 2018. Niels Schneider is a French-Quebec actor born in 1987 and especially known for his role in Diamant noir, which won him César for best male hope in 2017. He also played opposite Virginie Efira in Un amour Impossible back then in Sibyl.
It is not uncommon for a meeting on a set to give birth to an idyll in life. That was what awaited Niels Schneider and Virginie Efira when they agreed to star in the film Un amour Impossible directed by Catherine Corsini and released in 2018. In this drama set in the 1950s, Efira plays an office worker who living an affair with a man from a bourgeois family (Schneider). He refuses to marry outside his social class despite the birth of a little girl. A decades-long struggle ensues for the child to at least get his father’s name. It was on the set of this feature film that the two actors got to know each other and created their relationship.
In Madame Figaro’s columns at the end of March 2020, Virginie Efira evoked the solid couple she forms with Niels Schneider, ten years younger than her. “In our profession, everything moves, everything moves all the time. So it seems important to me, even if it’s not the main reason we get together, to have some stability. When we are in love, we are stronger.” Virginie Efira and Niels Schneider also have the benefit of doing the same work, another cement of their relationship: “Living with another actor is even incredibly powerful. The periods where we are not seen are very short. Turns in two months for a filming, at home that does not exist. We actually see each other all the time. We share our cinema experiences “.
In 2022, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, which she presents, Virginie Efira spoke again about her relationship with Niels Schneider and especially the way he looks at her. “The way he looks at me and women makes me terribly happy! What touches him will never be stereotypical, always special. Not all men are looking for a woman who could happily soothe their virility! To be looked at by he’s probably what makes me feel good. ” Everything is going really well between Niels Schneider and Virginie Efira!
Virginie Efira was born in Brussels on May 5, 1977. She graduated from the National Institute of Performing Arts in 1997 and is a television host and actress. Her career started on Belgian television, and it was not until 2006 that she stood out to the French public when she presented “Nouvelle Star”, until 2008.
She makes her voice heard in many animated films, including Garfield the Film or Hotel Transylvania. In 2007, she shot 2 seasons of the series “Off Prime”, where she played her own character. On the theater side, she goes on stage several times, in 2005 in “For Her Beautiful Eyes” or in 2009 in “Nathalie”.
Virginie Efira shot two TV movies between 2010 and 2011, including “A la maison pour Noël”. It was on the big screen that she met success, in 2009 in “Les Barons” with Edouard Baer. 2010 allows her to settle down on the screens with “The Whistler”, but also “Love is better for two”, a romantic comedy in which she plays Angèle. That same year, she is a female cop in “Kill Me Please.”
After “My Life’s Chance” and “My Worst Nightmare” in 2011, she reinterpreted herself in “Hénaut President” in 2012. 2013 was the year of all successes. She is among the cast of the five feature films: “Cookie”, “Dead Man Talking”, “20 years away”, “Les Invincibles”, and finally “Alone”, where she plays Marie Drevil with François Cluzet and by Guillaume Canet.
In 2015, she played a mother in the comedy “A Family for Rent”. She is part of the jury for the 26th Dinard British Film Festival, led by Jean Rochefort. We then find her in front of Paul Verhoeven’s camera instructing her in Elle in the same way as Isabelle Huppert. The director then offered him the title role in the film Benedetta. In 2018, she starred in one of this year’s comedies: Le Grand Bain. That same year, she met her companion Niels Schneider during the filming of Un amour Impossible by Catherine Corsini.
In 2019, Virginie Efira played the title role in Justine Triet’s film Sibyl. She continues the following year with a role in Police by Anne Fontaine, but also in Adieu les cons by Albert Dupontel, where she plays the role of Suze Trappet opposite the director-actress. The year 2021 sees his reunion with director Paul Verhoeven. After Elle (2016), she played the role of Sister Benedetta Carlini in the film Benedetta presented in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2021. In 2022, she starred in Waiting for Bojangles by Régis Roinsard and Don Juan by Serge Bozon. That same year, the Cannes Film Festival named her as the mistress of the ceremony.
- Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival 2010: Best Actress for La Chance de ma vie
- Magritte 2012: audience award
- Magritte 2016: Best Actress for Victoria
- Q d’Or 2016: Best Actress
- Festival international du film francophone de Namur 2020: Bayard for the best interpretation for Adieu les cons