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Already spoiled by the success of Les 10 Commandements and Le Roi soleil, Dove Attia and Albert Cohen are honoring Mozart with a rock opera dedicated to him. Onstage in Paris at the end of the summer, launched to fame by the massive success of the first few singles from the show, the protagonists of the story sat down with STAR Club for the following interview...
What's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Mikele: I look to make sure that my favorite things are still there and I turn on the computer.
Flo: I have a cup of coffee, which is good for creativity, and I write about three pages as soon as I wake up.
Maeva: I drink a cup of tea.
Solal: I drink a big glass of hot lemon juice. It's excellent for your digestion.
What's the last thing you think about before you go to bed?
Mikele: Going to bed annoys me. I've always got something to do to put it off...
Flo: That depends on what happened just before. In general, I relive the day.
Solal: I ask myself if I know for sure whether or not I'll wake up. Since my kids were born I get really stressed over the idea that I might not wake up the next morning.
Maeva: I think over the last few pages of whatever book I'm reading.
In what era would you have liked to have lived?
Flo: During the Renaissance, in Italy. I would have gone to see Da Vinci, Raphael, and the other great painters of that era.
Mikele: Me too, I'd pick the Renaissance, which was a very important era for art.
Maeva: In the sixties. I would have loved the chance to go see the Beatles.
What is the worst mistake of your life so far?
Mikele: When I was in the Italian army, I thought up a way to desert the army. One day, it worked but I was caught. I almost went to prison!
Solal: It was when I was in Starmania. One night, when I was supposed to sing, I forgot to go onstage. It was only when I heard the first notes of my character's song that I realized what I'd done!
Flo: When I was younger, I was supposed to be talking onstage but I started to stutter and I couldn't get out a single coherent word. That was a really lonely moment...
Maeva: When I was sixteen, I organized a house party while my parents were out, even though they'd told me not to. They found out and my punishment was so bad...
The angriest you've ever been?
Mikele: I'm very rarely angry. It happened one time when someone who was very jealous of me interrupted my concert by cutting out the sound!
Flo: Whenever I mess up onstage I'm a mess for the next half hour.
Maeva: I'm not angry very often.
Who would you like to interview and why?
Maeva: Vanessa Paradis, so I could figure out how she's able to lead two lives. She's a very open artist, but she's able to preserve a private life as well. I'd ask what her secret was.
Mikele: Charlotte Gainsbourg. She's the only woman who's able to reconcile beauty, charm, and talent. Plus, she's still attractive even without makeup and nice outfits.
Flo: If I could go back in time, I'd like to inerview Mozart to ask what he thought of Salieri's music.
What is the most ridiculous thing you could imagine wearing?
Mikele: A red jacket with brown spots.
Flo: Borat's oufit, when he's telling a story... Or his swimsuit.
Maeva: Albert Cohen's pleated jacket.
Solal: Socks with sandals.
Who do you think is the most attractive celebrity?
Mikele: Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Flo: I'll say Marilyn because she's the first person to come to mind, but there are a lot of others: Marie Curie, Camille Claudel, Edith Piaf. Charismatic women.
Maeva: I think Olivier Miller is really cute.
What is your biggest phobia?
Mikele: I hate getting undressed. Ever since I was small, the idea of being seen without clothes on has terrified me. I probably need some kind of therapy...
Maeva: Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything. I don't think I have any particular phobia.
Flo: I have this obsessive fear of war, or soldiers. It's something I can't stand!
What would you change about yourself if you could?
Mikele: It would be something physical. I think I'd like to redesign myself.
Flo: I'd like to be a few centimeters taller.
Maeva: Me too, I'd like to be taller.
Onstage at the Palais des Sports in Paris, starting September 22nd, Mikele, Flow, and the rest of the troupe of actors, singers, and dancers will bring new life to the story of Mozart, a little prodigy who was as sweet as he was mischievious.
There will be a total of fifty people onstage for a two month period, before they head off to put the show on in some of the biggest towns throughout France.