She made her debut at the Cannes Film Festival. While Anna Biolay, daughter of Benjamin Biolay and Chiara Mastroianni, walked the red carpet alongside her father to present the film by Stéphanie Di Giusto “Rosalie” this Thursday, she was violently criticized on social networks. If some have pointed the finger because she is a “daughter of”, others have attacked her physique.
This wave of denigration made the aunt of the young 20-year-old actress, Coralie Biolay, react. In a long message posted on Instagram, she defended her niece “who keeps reading absolute horrors about her”.
“Apart from being the daughter of and moreover having no talent and not having to work (obviously!) she reads that she looks like a dog, even a severely handicapped person… in other words that ‘She’s fat and ugly and has nothing to do with the French cinematographic landscape,’ she said.
The singer’s sister denounces the “aggression” suffered by Anna Biolay on social networks: “Everyone would be shocked to see a lovely and sweet young woman of 20 being beaten up in the street and know that my niece is coming to experience a gigantic ault and that his bruises are clearly visible. I would simply like all these people behind their screens to realize that they are beating up children for free. You are simply monstrous. »
A “nepo baby”
In addition to attacks on her physical appearance, Anna Biolay is also denigrated for being a “nepo baby”, in other words a child of nepotism, because she is the daughter of singer Benjamin Biolay and actress Chiara Mastroianni, herself same daughter of actors Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni.
Always on Instagram, Coralie Biolay then defends the talent and work of her niece: “She does not take the place of anyone. She ped 50 castings, she read, worked, analyzed tons of films, she does not come out of the street, of course, but she does not have to suffer so much ignominie from the top of her twenty years. “And to add:” I am thinking of all these young women, daughters of whom stir up hatred because they are beautiful, talented and well-born, moral aggression is a crime like physical aggression. »
A message to which reacted the actress Sandrine Kiberlain, herself the mother of the actress and director Suzanne Lindon, born of her previous union with Vincent Lindon. “It turns my stomach. Anna is pionate and exciting. Let her have the beautiful way she deserves. Shame on you jealous and haters,” she commented.
“She was cast behind my back”
For his part, Benjamin Biolay had evoked the family heritage of his daughter in an interview granted to Paris Match last August: “The world constantly reminds her that she is the daughter of Chiara, the granddaughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, but she doesn’t care. She is also my daughter, the granddaughter of her Biolay grandparents who live in Beaujolais. She is comfortable in both environments, while being fully aware of these more provincial and more popular roots. It’s nice. »
Father and daughter share the screen together in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s film, Rosalie, alongside Benoît Magimel, Nadia Tereszkiewicz and singer Juliette Armanet. In another interview given to Télé 7 Jours last December, the singer confided in their experience in common. “I was very happy to share this moment with her, especially since she was cast behind my back. Because of our strong resemblance, and not playing my daughter in the film, she was afraid of not being selected. I immediately looked at her like the other actresses, ”he revealed.
The film, which tells the story of a bearded woman at the end of the 19th century, is presented in the “Un Certain Regard” selection at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.