Here it all begins: “Salomé will ask questions about Swan” according to Cyril Durel – News Series on TV

While the pastry championship is the scene of tragic events in Here It All Begins, the love story of Swan and Salomé likes… Cyril Durel, Swan’s interpreter, tells more about this one waiting for his character.


Allociné: You are one of the last actors to integrate Here Everything Begins. How did you come to this project?

Cyril Durel : By the classical circuit. I had already passed tests with the casting team, who also take care that tomorrow belongs to us. In fact, I have friends who saw an ad for the role of the Swan and sent it to me. I didn’t really think I would match it at first, but I still lost myself. And it happened like that.

We imagine that there can be some anxiety when you integrate such a large family as Here it all begins. How was your arrival on the series?

Honestly, I went there without too many expectations. I was surprised by the positives. What’s really interesting about this series is that there’s a bit of a Hogwarts side to it. There are lots of young people, there are also older actors who play teachers. Honestly, it kind of threw me into the Harry Potter vibe. I was happy. I felt like I was part of Gryffindor or Ravenclaw [rires]. It was super nice. And everyone was very nice. The technical team and the production make sure that we feel super comfortable in order to bring out the best.

What attracted you to the role of the Swan?

He has some kind of insurance. We will learn more about his past. He is someone who grew up in Japan and I already found it very interesting. From a personal point of view, I had the opportunity to travel a little bit. Not in Japan unfortunately, but I know that being in contact with several cultures also enriches the personality. That he is a photographer is a detail, but I became very interested in photography with the character Swan. I bought myself a polaroid. With the kitchen, of course, there are aspects that I found interesting.

Did you get a chef’s training for the role?

Yes. There are referees on the set. As soon as there are gestures or specific things to do, we are supported, well coached. People who are very square about it surround us. And there, when it came to pastry, it was very technical. Each time we knew exactly what to do. I was very keen on that and I wanted some trouble. It made me want to become even more interested in cooking. I also intend to take Japanese cooking classes in the future.

Swan and Salomé (Aurélie Pons) became very close and started a love story. What can you tell us about this?

It’s a thunderbolt. There is a fairly immediate kind of connection between Swan and Salomé. That it’s during the baking championship, it also adds a little spice to things because they’re on competing teams. Between Swan and Salomé, it is truly a passionate story.

Is Swan completely sincere with her, or is he acting on behalf of Chief Cardone (Alexandra Vandernoot) in hopes of destabilizing Teyssier’s (Benjamin Baroche) team?

All I can tell you is that Swan is a very honest person and very true to himself. That is, he follows his ambitions and his personal wishes. Finally, Swan is quite independent. I think that’s what makes him a bit mysterious, because a priori he’s not on anyone’s heels.

Teyssier takes a very dim view of the rapprochement between Swan and Salomé. Will he try to separate them?

What Swan can see so far is that Teyssier doesn’t seem to like him very much. He is very suspicious. Swan picks up on this but doesn’t care. He is an adult, he is the master of his personal life. So he doesn’t really care that much about it. Perhaps he also tends to think that others are somewhat of the same mind as him. Therefore, he does not necessarily think about the effort for Salomé.

After all, Swan’s behavior is sometimes mysterious and necessarily raises questions. Did he have something to hide?

I think we all have secrets to hide, but no. The swan has an attentive side. He feels a bit like an alien. When he arrives in the middle of people who already know each other, he keeps a little distance. He is aware that they do not know who he is. I can understand that he has a mystical aspect that raises questions, but he’s just very focused on cooking because it’s also something that’s very important to him.

We know that Swan and Salomé have to find Alban’s body on the beach. Can you tell us more about this macabre discovery and what’s next for your characters?

It’s something that just shakes things up a bit in this whole championship. The Swan is part of the competition like everyone else, and it concerns him directly. It will surely worry him. Because of his relationship with Salomé, he will naturally take an interest in it and seek to understand by participating in the investigation. He will therefore be directly involved.

Alban’s death finally disrupts this personal plan represented by the pastry chef. That’s the goal that got him here. To move forward with the rest of this championship, he needs answers.

The pastry championship is the scene of quite tragic events. We imagine that everyone will inevitably end up incriminating themselves. Will Swan be on the list of potential suspects?

Of course. There is a little Agatha Christie side. I think everyone present at the championship is bound to be accused sooner or later. It is a championship, it is limited and only the people present at the competition know about it. Afterwards, it may come from an outsider, but yes, Swan will be on the list of suspects.

Will Swan be able to count on Salomé’s support in this ordeal?

The relationship between Swan and Salomé will inevitably be disturbed, and this will stain their story a little bit. Will she doubt? Salomé is obliged to ask questions. In the end, she doesn’t know Swan. They have the feeling of knowing each other and understanding each other perfectly, but there is definitely a moment when even her friends will ask her if she really knows him.

Could Swan stay on the show after this summer intrigue and could we see him join the champions next year?

Swan has already trained with Cardone in Lille, so I don’t know what his current level of education is. In any case, right now there is no question that he is part of the master’s program at the institute. But nothing is ever ruled out.

What is your assessment of this experience at Here It All Begins?

I’m a bit of a sensitive person. I get very nostalgic when I watch the episodes on TV. There was almost a summer camp spirit. I very quickly became close to many people with whom I got along well. It is a very intense experience. The Camargue’s surroundings also make it very different. It immersed me for more than a month in something I did not know at all. I became interested in many things that I did not know. That is why I do this work. To meet people and live different experiences. I have precious memories of it.

Do you have any other projects besides Here It All Begins?

I will soon be in the Bardot series, playing the role of Antoine Charrier. I also appear in Katell Quillévéré’s next film, Le temps d’aimer, in the role of an American soldier.

Besides that, I work a lot with independent authors. I helped found a studio called Les Artifex, which is a kind of laboratory, a training room for actors and directors. All the times when I’m not filming and when the rest of the team isn’t filming, we come to train. With this team we also produce short films and here we are preparing a feature film.

Comments collected by telephone on July 22, 2022.

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