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Actor interviews
 
 As part of the promotion for Code Lyoko Evolution, fans had a number of opportunities to ask questions to the actors from the series. There were two main ones:

In the first one, a topic was opened on the France 4 forum. French fans could suggest questions for the actors. After that, a selection was made and the questions were passed on: Marin (Jeremy), Léonie (Aelita) and Pauline (Laura) responded. The responses were posted in February 2013.

The second one was for Hungarian fans. The Facebook page for the channel broadcasting Code Lyoko Evolution in Hungary, Megamax, let fans ask their own questions. The questions were collected in the summer of 2013 (while CLE was airing in Hungary). This time, it was Quentin Merabet (Ulrich) and Bastien Thelliez (Jim) who had the floor.

[Léonie Berthonnaud (Aelita) for the France 4 forum] [Pauline Serieys (Laura) for the France 4 forum] [Marin Lafitte (Jeremy) for the France 4 forum] [Quentin Merabet (Ulrich) and Bastien Thelliez (Jim) for Megamax]
 
 

Léonie Berthonnaud (Aelita) for the France 4 forum
 
My name is Léonie Berthonnaud, I'm 18 years old. I like theatre, Aelita is my first real role, and I've also performed as an extra and once as a talking silhouette.
The filming was intense but I really enjoyed it. An anecdote: during the filming of an emotional scene, it was really difficult because I had to watch the other actors hold back their laughter!

Had you already done any other tv shows? if so, which ones? Chaussette 4
Aside from being an extra, and a talking silhouette, Aelita is my first real role.

How long did you work on the series? How old were you all? Do you like CL? Wolfwhite
We filmed for two months. I'm 18. I wasn't a huge fan of Code Lyoko but I was never really interested but after spending two months in the shoes of a Lyoko Warrior, I can appreciate the story and the mysteries.

Did you know about Code Lyoko beforehand? Codelyokofan38
I already knew the series, I would watch it sometimes but I wasn't an avid watcher.

Have you met the actors who voiced the characters in the previous seasons? Vlad330
No

Do any of you see yourselves in the character you play? Seb23b
I think we each see a little of ourselves in our characters in some way or another.

Are you close with the other actors? Yumi and Ulrich et Izabbel
We form a tight-knit group and we stay in contact, it was great meeting them!!

Do you play the Code Lyoko Social Game or other CL games like for Nintendo DS or Wii? AkiraY
No

Did you have an unforgettable summer? If so, what were the most memorable parts of filming? And what were your favourite moments? moustache
Of course it was unforgettable, there were lots of memorable moments. My favourite parts were emotional scenes and moments where we were all together.

Hello Léonie, you're my favourite character, I have a question: Did you like portraying your character? Lyokoguerriers 17
Oh yes, I liked playing Aelita, it was a real pleasure to get inside her head, or rather lend her mine. I hope Aelita continues to be your favourite character Smiley

Was it difficult to take on Aelita's role? Her character is key to the story. Does the character of Laura stir up trouble in Jeremy and Aelita's relationship? Nina_Bliss
It's not always easy to get a handle on a personality that's already established but I tried my best to stay faithful while adding a little personal touch, I think. It's true she's a key part in the story. Keep watching to find out how the Aelita/Jeremy/Laura situation will evolve.

After playing Aelita, can you describe her in one word? Vlad330
Determined and sensible (that's two words, if you really want just one, take the first).

How does it feel to be the actor playing a role that many fans love? victorheller
It's a huge responsibility but you need to keep on enjoying it and once you get the hang of things, you feel more free.

Do you wear a wig or was your hair dyed? (this seems like a stupid question but it's been bothering me...) Tmelord6014
Ah now that's a secret Smiley
 

Pauline Serieys (Laura) for the France 4 forum
 
Had you already done any other tv shows? if so, which ones? Chaussette 4
Yes, I've had a few roles in cinema and various TV films: in 2007 in the PÈRE ET MAIRE episode “Ah ! la famille !”; in a 2008 TV movie ADRESSE INCONNUE directed by André Wermus; in a 2009 TV movie LE MIROIR À DEUX FACES by Claude Michel Rome

How long did you work on the series? How old were you all? Do you like CL? Wolfwhite
I started filming on the 2nd of July and finished at the end of August. I filmed for 30 days in total. I'm 15 and a half years old, I'll be 16 in June. Yes, I really like the series and I think this new season is great!

Did you know about Code Lyoko beforehand? Codelyokofan38
Yes, I knew it beforehand, I would watch it with my little brother

Have you met the actors who voiced the characters in the previous seasons? Vlad330
No never

Do any of you see yourselves in the character you play? Seb23b
Personally, not really. I'm no genius at maths and I think – I hope – I'm a little less unbearable than Laura.

Are you close with the other actors? Yumi and Ulrich et Izabbel
We were all friends if that's what you're asking! There was a good atmosphere. Afterwards in the houses, we didn't all stay together so we spent more time with certain people than others.

Do you play the Code Lyoko Social Game or other CL games like for Nintendo DS or Wii? AkiraY
I've never played the Code Lyoko Social Game and I don't have a Wii or Nintendo

Did you have an unforgettable summer? If so, what were the most memorable parts of filming? And what were your favourite moments? moustache
Hahaa yes it was a great experience; it was my longest film shoot and we were a real group I would watch how the others acted to try and be as good as they were; and then we went through the boiling hot studios, the forest and the deserted school! My most memorable moment was my first scene when I arrived on the laboratory set for the first time and I started by filming the scene where my character discovers it. We had good times in the evening during mealtime or when rehearsing our scenes, in the houses when we had to kill time and on set when we teased each other about our lines to have some fun

When you first saw the scripts for your respective roles, how much of it did you like and how much did you wish had been reworked? Playermaniaque
When I read the story, I was impressed by the super technical lines I had and I worked really hard to memorise them and to get familiar with words I'd never heard of before. I wasn't really pleased with some scenes because my lines sounded a bit fake but generally we would change them during takes. There were also a lot of scene modifications done the very morning we arrived on set

Is Laura a nice character to play? Will she fight like the lyoko warriors or will she always be like Jeremy, on the computer? I think I'm going to love this new character! You're magnificent and I love the style you'll have!! Nina_Bliss
- Yes very nice because she's nothing at all like me and it was really fun to play a pest, especially in scenes where I'm at odds with the Lyoko Warriors. That was an interesting part of the character too – when Laura is really interacting with the six.
- No Laura will never go to Lyoko. Shame, I would've liked to see it but I'll stay in the lab with Jeremy.
 

Marin Lafitte (Jeremy) for the France 4 forum
 
I'm 13 1/2. In 2009, I went to enfants de comédie (children of acting), a performing arts school in Boulogne run by Karin Catala.
I performed in over a dozen shows for kids and I was an extra in "Fais pas ci, fais pas ça" season 3, in E=M6...
Every summer, I spent my days surfing the waves of the Atlantic coast.
Code Lyoko was an amazing experience, full of emotion and discoveries. Being an actor demands a lot of hard work and discipline, and a film shoot is teamwork where everyone plays an important part in the series' success.
My anecdote: the code for the lift is 15/06, my birthdate, better than my postcode..

Had you already done any other tv shows? if so, which ones? Chaussette 4
No, I haven't done much television. You can see me in a few extra roles and short films

How long did you work on the series? How old were you all? Do you like CL? Wolfwhite
I'm 13 1/2, the youngest of the group. I wasn't really a fan of C L.

Did you know about Code Lyoko beforehand? Codelyokofan38
Yes, I knew Code Lyoko just like everyone else but I wasn't a fan.
I learnt to appreciate it when I watched the episodes before the shooting in order to get into Jeremy's shoes, and I really loved it!!!

Have you met the actors who voiced the characters in the previous seasons? Vlad330
No never, but that could be nice.

Do any of you see yourselves in the character you play? Seb23b
To be frank, I'm kind of the opposite of Jeremy.
I'm not very good at maths or computing, I'm sure I'll get it someday, right Jeremy?
On the other hand, he and I both like to be surrounded by our friends.

Are you close with the other actors? Yumi and Ulrich et Izabbel
Yes, we were one big family, especially me, Gulliver and Pauline because we're about the same age and we lived together during the shoot. Mélanie was my big sister, always there to help me through difficult moments.

Do you play the Code Lyoko Social Game or other CL games like for Nintendo DS or Wii? AkiraY
No, not really, I'm not a huge gamer.

Did you have an unforgettable summer? If so, what were the most memorable parts of filming? And what were your favourite moments? moustache
Of course I had an unforgettable summer despite the pressure and the fatigue. A great experience.
The final scene, so emotional...
I really liked evening meals where we'd share our impressions of the team and the moments where we'd all laugh together after an often tiring day.

When you first saw the scripts for your respective roles, how much of it did you like and how much did you wish had been reworked? Playermaniaque
We got the scripts 2 months beforehand.
I think the story is faithful to the cartoon.

Is it cool to play a smart kid like Jeremy? Do you resemble him on a mental level? Nina_Bliss
Yes, it's great to play a character who's so different to me. In the 2 months of filming, I started to believe I was the smart kid. No, I'm kidding I still have a ways to go!!!!!!

Were you already a fan of computers before you played Jeremy? Logan Schoyer
No, not really, I'm not much of a geek, I only use them for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

How did you do the animations on the supercomputer screen? unworldoftankeur
That's TV magic. Someone on the team did the special effects.

How would you describe Jeremy's character after having played him? yumile
Jeremy is sensible, he needs his friends during the hard times ad he definitely wants to succeed in everything he tries. He's a very endearing geek and especially intelligent.

Were you a little disappointed you didn't have an avatar? vlad330
No not at all, according to Odd, Jeremie is ridiculous on Lyoko and what's more he has the Supercomputer all to himself. What could be better?
And it's nice to be the boss of the group!!!
 

Quentin Merabet (Ulrich) and Bastien Thelliez (Jim) for Megamax
 
Here are the 3 images that were used on the Megamax Facebook page to give responses to the Hungarian fans! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them. Further down you'll find our translation done by our Hungarian Lyokofan contact. Guaranteed to be faultless!

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What do you like to do in your free time?
Ulrich: I've got to admit that I've got lots of time on my hands. When I'm not involved in a shooting or casting, I'm writing a script. Moreover, I'm taking part in an enterprise to support the protection of the animals on the brink of extinction - the method we're using is a bio-wool T-shirt collection.

How much fun did you have during the shooting?
Ulrich: It was fantastic! I'm already certain that it was one of the best shootings of my life. We had lots of fun. If you want to see proof, go check out our bloopers video on youtube. Smiley

How did you “get along” with your own characters, how hard was it to act them?
Ulrich: CODE LYOKO is an adaption of a cult animated series. Even during my school years it was the most popular cartoon in France and in a large part of the world. It has been screened in more than 150 countries. At that time I was sitting in front of the tv with my little sister and Ulrich was the one whose character was the closest to me. You can imagine how proud I was to play him! Plus, I think I resemble him a little, too. My character puts on a cool act, but in the end it turns out that he's actually a shy person.

Your favourite scene?
Ulrich: I couldn't really pick a particular one, but I can tell you that I'm nuts about Odd's scenes in general. They're ingenious and very funny!

Is Ulrich a friendly guy in real life?
Ulrich: I don't think it's my place to judge that. :-) haha

Are the creators planning on creating a 6th season?
Team: For now it's still unknown but we'd really like that to happen!


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Are you friends in the real world as well?
Ulrich: During the shooting - a year ago already - it was inevitable that sometimes we wouldn't see eye to eye, but in the end yes, we get along wonderfully.

Why do you hate XANA?
Ulrich: XANA had been hacking into our network and current circuits in order to infiltrate them and literally overwrite the real world. And now, having lost his source of energy he is set on getting our supply.

What's Ulrich's favourite movie and music?
Ulrich: My favourite movie is Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle; as for music, I could name the Outro par M83 as my favourite; although A Foals, Coldplay and lots of others line up.

Can Ulrich be found on Facebook?
Ulrich: Yes, you can find me at this link: https://www.facebook.com/quentinmerabetofficial, and I'm on Twitter as well; here you can find my latest updates about what's going on with me. https://twitter.com/QuentinMerabet.

What's the hardest thing for you during a shooting?
Ulrich: Sometimes free time was badly needed between the shootings, you could say at times the pace was frustrating. And I, too - just like other actors I think - felt sorry that there wasn't enough time for certain things. I hope we'll have the chance to develop a second season even more.

If there will be a 6th season, will Aelita and Jeremy be able to bring back Aelita's father?
Team: All will be revealed in good time.


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What do you like to do the most in your free time?
Jim: I don't do anything special, I rest most of the time, but I really like to go back and forth, especially in Paris.

How much fun do you have during a shooting?
Team Lyoko: The mood is really friendly, we fool around a lot during the breaks.

How do you “get along” with your characters, how hard it is to create them?
Jim: I like the cool sportswear of my character. Smiley Half of the series is live action, half animated, which made the creation of the characters very special.

Favourite scene?
Jim: When I'm eating nuts during a documentary about animals. Smiley

What music and movies do you like?
Jim: I really like blues, jazz, soul and R&B, and the Brass Band. My favourite movies: Smoke, the movies of Jim Jarmusch, the early movies of Woody Allen, Wes Anderson movies, Italian comedies.

What's the hardest thing during a shooting?
Team Lyoko: To go back to the studio after lunch. Smiley