Though charming and self-effacing, Poésy is a seasoned performer. In the U.S., she's perhaps best known as Triwizard competitor Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter franchise, but also for her work opposite James Franco in 127 Hours and as Chuck Bass' girlfriend on Gossip Girl. She grew up in Paris as the daughter of French actor-writer-director Étienne Guichard (Poésy is her mother's maiden name), and began acting as a child. These days she calls both London and Paris home, where she makes regular appearances at their Fashion Weeks. She has dabbled in modeling -- for Chloé, G-Star and the Gap -- but doesn't see that as a career. ("I'm not a model," she says. "[I'm asked] when they need someone they feel like people can identify with...") She does prefer a few labels, though. As with her roles, the designers she favors create immersive experiences. "I love Rodarte," she says. "They invent these worlds through their clothes. It's like wearable art." ★
Clémence Poésy has a right to be nervous. Other actresses who've played Roxane on Broadway include:
Margaret Anglin, 1898
Frances Reid, 1946
Arlene Dahl, 1953
Sinead Cusack, 1984
Jennifer Garner, 2007
Daryl Hannah, 1987 in the film Roxanne.
Cyrano de Bergerac is now open at the American Airlines theater, 229 W. 42nd St., New York.
Styling: Andrew Mukamal / Hair: Dennis Fei at Kate Ryan Inc for Redken / Makeup: Camille Thompson for camillethompson.com using MAC Cosmetics / Clémence wears a dress by Kenneth Cole Collection and boots by Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra.