PLAYING MARIE ANTOINETTE IN A.R.T.'S MARIE ANTOINETTE | SEPTEMBER 1-29 Brooke Bloom says, without hesitation, that the title role in the American Repertory Theater's world-premiere production of Marie Antoinette is the coolest part she's ever played. In the cutthroat world of theater, it's easy to get typecast, but Bloom (an LA native currently living in Brooklyn) was drawn to this script because it weaves comedy and tragedy and period details. The play, which is presented from Marie Antoinette's point of view, is an "expressionistic, out-there production." But then again, we'd expect nothing less for a play about the original tabloid princess. As Marie, Bloom talked with us about life at Versailles, French politics, and sheep.
INDULGE US FOR A MOMENT. ALL WE CAN DO IS MARVEL AT YOUR ASTOUNDINGLY GORGEOUS PALACE. WALK US THROUGH AN AVERAGE DAY. WHAT DOES VERSAILLES SMELL LIKE IN THE MORNING? It smells like shit. It's filthy. Anyone can come in at any time. They drop food on the floor all the time. There are chamber pots behind curtains. It's like a circus. I douse myself in perfume, but Versailles is crappy. So I wake up, I can't dress myself. People watch me eat. They watch me sleep, put my clothes on, give birth. I'm like an animal in a zoo.
OH. WELL, IF YOU HAD YOUR CHOICE, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE? I'd like to live simple life in the mountains and be a shepherdess. As long as the sheep are perfumed. And someone else feeds them. I have my own shepherdess retreat on the grounds of Versailles. It's where I can enact my fantasies of being a shepherdess. Reminds me of my childhood in Austria.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER PETS IN THE PALACE? I'm a dog person. I love mops — they're like pugs. There are hundreds in the palace. I can't ever find them. I hear them, though.
YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE WITH LOUIS XVI? I don't like to talk about it.
I'M SORRY TO PRY, BUT WHY? Do you like talking to 12-year-olds? He's like a little kid who's playing video games all the time. He's impossible to talk to.
OH. OKAY. SO WHO DO YOU HANG OUT WITH? I have friends, friends who I like. I don't know how they feel about me. My two best friends are Terese de Lamballe and the Duchesse of Polignac. She's tricky. I have kids, don't see them much. They have governesses and things like that.
THERE'S BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF UNREST IN PARIS. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE CITY? They're always pissed off. Everyone's always getting their panties in a twist. They're always upset. It's nothing new. But it's not a barometer of anything. I'm not the person to talk to about that. I have no idea.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: BY THE YEAR 1793, I HOPE TO BE. . . Not dead.