How to prove yourself as a “daughter of”? This is the challenge that Emma Smet, daughter of David Hallyday and Estelle Lefébure and granddaughter of Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, tries to take up. This January 11, the 24-year-old young woman took the stage for the first time for the needs of the play The game of truth, written by Philippe Lellouche. A pride for Emma Smet, who passed the casting, without preferential treatment, alongside about fifteen other candidates. “I always have this impression that if I am taken for my name or whatever … There, it was not the case, but I like knowing that I am chosen for this that I am worth and not for what I am “, explained the young woman to the Parisian. This surname has long been a problem for Emma Smet, who felt treated differently because of it. So much so that she wished for a time to be called differently. “When I was little, I wanted to change it, put it upside down”, says Estelle Lefébure’s daughter before adding: “On Facebook, my name is not Smet but Tems. I wanted to stand out from this name. so I won’t be reminded all the time. ” Over time, Emma Smet understood that this famous surname did not serve her as much as she thought. Indeed, she explains that he helped her “forge a shell”. “People look at me, they come to see me and they judge me by my name. It puts pressure but makes me even more want to show that I am not there for nothing. This pressure, I learned to cope with it. “, assures the young woman.

Emma Smet: why she likes to act

Her attraction to the stage, Emma confides having it since a young age. “I always wanted to do the scene. When I was little, I always did shows with my sister (Ilona Smet, editor’s note) and my aunt in front of my family”, remembers the young actress, before explaining the reason for this passion : “I realized that I was more comfortable playing games than in life in general, that I would rather not be myself.”

Emma Smet © Pierre Perusseau

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