BSCAnd the Greg MillionaireAnd the Married at first sight… There are countless shows that attempt to bring two sister souls together. M6 then offers to return to the biggest dating shows on the small screen in Twenty years of love on TV This Monday at 9:10 PM in particular, we’ll be seeing photos from the first season of My amazing fiancéIt was launched on TF1 in 2005.
In this grandiose deception, producer Adeline, now calling herself Angelina Toffoli, makes her believe she will meet the man of her life under the eyes of the cameras. Surprised, she finds herself face to face with Laurent Ournac, or rather his character, Laurent Fortin, who has only one goal: to blow up a cable for his lover. Once the deception was revealed to Adeline, she had to succeed in convincing her parents to accept this fake marriage to win €100,000. “I never sought to advertise, nor did I tell myself I wanted to do this show until I watched,” Angelina testifies to 20 minutes.
Which is harder: supporting Laurent Aurnac or playing comedy in front of your parents?
Performing in front of my parents, I had to improvise in the face of their emotions. Every morning, we had a feed from the production telling us what we were going to do: tell them we were getting engaged, getting married, etc. There were stages. Me, I didn’t have a frame. Laurent, he had a coach and he knew what to do while I was, it was totally improvisation. I didn’t know what to tell them and how they would react. It’s not a comedy, it’s real people and it’s still a constant question, we don’t want to go too far so as not to hurt them. You have to find the right scale.
Are you still associated with Lorrent Fortin/Aurnack on the show?
I got really attached to Lauren, yeah. Since it was only the two of us, I only had because I was isolated in my room, they came to take me just to play with him totally impromptu scenes. I had been cut off from everything so long before filming, I was just rubbing my shoulders with Laurent so there was a really strong connection. Other than that, I was on my own, so every time we made a scene, even if I didn’t know what was going to happen, I was so happy to find it. There were two of us in this lie, we became an ally. I hung myself as an ally and as a human being because I valued him.
Have you been in contact with him?
Filming took place in February 2005 and the show premiered in July. We saw each other a few times before the broadcast, and we were very, very close. I thought I won a friend for life, and we also said we’d never leave each other. Finally, in the broadcast, nothing happened as planned. The success was great, Laurent saw that he could continue there, took chances and understood that he had to break with me on his path. It was very difficult for me because I didn’t understand why we couldn’t be friends anymore. There is work for everyone, just because he decided to do things with TF1 doesn’t mean we can’t be friends anymore. This is where I was most disappointed, cut ties with his progress, remained out of his reach and remained like this…
Would you say it is an experience that will change your life?
I think it made an impact in my life. I was 24 at the time, it made me grow into many things, especially in family relationships. My father was very absent when I was young, he was very humble and when he accepted this fake marriage and guided me to Laurent, he told me that he loved me, that he was proud of me and that is what every little girl expects. It’s something I will never forget. It took this show to be there that affinity. changed my life.
It became known throughout France: there was a peak audience of ten million viewers during the fake wedding …
I never tried to advertise myself, nor did I tell myself I wanted to do this show so you could see me. I had this opportunity, I loved comedy, I was happy to act in front of the camera, and I seemed to have facilities for conveying feelings. When I moved to Paris after the show, I took acting lessons to be sure of what I was worth. I was told I had that in me, so I thought if there was enough media coverage, I could say yes to the proposals. There were projects, but they never finished, so I quit all of it.
This program was very poorly received by the press, speaking about the exploitation of obesity. Was this something you cared about at the time?
I did not understand the criticism of the press, which took the offer at face value. Viewers weren’t wrong: I got a lot of messages from people who were in relationships with people who don’t have the same religion or the same color… Thanks to the show, they had the guts to tell their family. Laurent’s obesity was poorly treated by the press. If the reporters had taken the trouble to watch the show until the end, they would have seen that we are beyond appearances. The acceptance letter was beautiful. Seventeen years ago, it was innovative.
What are you doing today?
I moved to Dijon in 2011, settled in Burgundy, on my land. I work in aesthetic medicine, I have been the director of a new technologies center for four years where we do non-surgical lifting, firming, and scar repair.
Do people still recognize you, seventeen years later?
Yes, this happens to me! I opened in 2018, and my first clients were out of curiosity because they knew who I was. When they fall into my care, it’s 5 stars with the TV star (laughs)! I just have good vibes every time, they loved the show, and a lot of respect.