“I also discovered what’s difficult about this profession: being dependent on the desire of others, always having to wait.”
Born to an illustrator father and artist mother, Iris Bry thought at age 18 that she would become an opera singer. She ultimately chose the literary path, getting her literature baccalaureate and a professional booksellers’ license and training at a bookstore in Montreuil. The casting director Karen Hottois spotted her there in 2015 and urged her to audition for a role in Xavier Beauvois’ The Guardians. It worked out: the young bookseller nabbed one of the leading roles, playing Francine, a clerk hired to work at a farm in mid-WWI. Her film debut alongside Nathalie Baye and Laura Smet was a hit: she was nominated for the 2018 César for Most Promising Actress. Though she graduated from the National Booksellers’ Training Institute in 2016, Iris Bry now intends to have a film career. She will next appear in Jean-Paul Salomé’s new film La Daronne with Isabelle Huppert and Hippolyte Girardot.