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WWD: How did you get this role?
Noémie Lenoir: I saw Brett in Cannes and he told me that he was working on writing "Rush Hour 3," and he wanted me to be in it. I still had to audition, though, and in the end it was between me and three other girls and I got the part.
WWD: Are you going to be heading to Hollywood now?
N.L.: I live in Paris and London now, but I just bought an apartment in New York and am moving back here in the fall. I am so excited, but it's a big project. New York is in the middle between Los Angeles and Europe — so I think it's the best place for me right now.
WWD: What do you think of the model-slash-actress stereotype? You are still actively doing modeling campaigns, for Marks & Spencer and L'Oréal. Do you feel like you have something to prove?
N.L.: I think it is different in Europe and the transition has been easier for me. I would love to act full-time, but I still make a living modeling and the modeling business has been good to me, so I can't forget that.