Actress Vahina Giocante made some weighty choices at an early age. For instance, at 14, she decided to drop a budding dance career after she was spotted on a Marseille beach and cast in a main role in Manuel Pradal’s Marie Baie des Anges. Now 26—and 15 films later—she harbors no regrets.

But it is only now that Giocante is coming into her own. And in September, she will prove her mettle in 99 Francs, a French-language film by Jan Kounen based on the Frédéric Beigbeder novel of the same title. In it, Giocante plays Sophie, a pillar of sanity in the affluent, cocaine-filled world of a public relations whiz.

“I’m usually cast as the seductress, so playing a mother-to-be is quite new for me,” says Giocante, who herself has a five-year-old son. “I’ve always played roles in harmony with my life.”

Giocante is a fashion fan, with particular soft spots for Hussein Chalayan, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. “Right now I’m into more classic things,” she says, although she does try to “look good for my sweetheart.”

UP NEXT: Giocante’s calendar remains full. This fall she will appear in another Pradal film, in Hugo Gélin’s Le Mytho and in Antoine Santana’s Terra Rossa. The last two films are scheduled to hit French screens by the end of the year.

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