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LEADING LADIES: Juliette Gernez looks to become a more familiar face beyond the ballet world.

Sitting front row at John Galliano on Sunday – her day off – the Paris Opera dancer said she hoped to soon be appearing in a “beautiful ad campaign” and is also turning her hand to acting.

“I’m going to be filming with Nicolas Bary in a short film in November,” she said. “I’ve just filmed two movies, and I’ve also been filming with Cédric Klapisch.”

Gernez is currently performing in Boris Charmatz’s “20 Dancers for the 20th Century” at the Opéra Garnier, in which several soloists take over the public spaces of the building as the audience wanders from one performance to the next. And she will begin rehearsals for “La Bayadère” next week.

“Acting is quite similar to dance, it’s just a different manner of communicating, but I love it just as much,” she said. “I’d love to be able to combine the two, but being a professional dancer takes up a lot of time.”

Further down the front row, actress Gabriella Wright, who appears in recent release “The Transporter Refueled,” is preparing to start another movie next month. “It’s shooting in Bulgaria, but it’s an American movie,” she said.

As for Marie-Amélie Seigner, the musician is taking her turn at writing a novel.

“I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but I don’t know when it will be finished,” she confided.
Janelle Monáe and Angela Lindvall were also among the guests.

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