Drops of God star on performing in three languages

Drops of God: Tomohisa Yamashita stars in trailer

Drops of God stars Fleur Geffrier and Tomohisa Yamashita perform in several different languages throughout Apple TV+’s acclaimed international drama.

They star as rival wine-tasters Camille Leger and Issei Tomine in the gripping drama, which kicks off when Camille’s famous wine collector father dies.

His daughter and best student are pitted against each other in a globe-trotting contest, the winner of which will inherit his vast collection of priceless vintages.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Geffrier revealed she loved the challenge of performing in both English and Japanese at several points in the series.

“Oh, I loved it,” she said. “I love to speak different languages.

“So, it was like a bonus for me. I was so happy. ‘My God, I’m going to speak English! And Japanese too! Oh yeah!’ I was so, so happy.

“It was not a challenge for me, it was more like a gift, really.”

Although she had grown up speaking English as well as French, Geffrier revealed she did extra work to nail the Japanese accent for certain scenes.

“I wanted to speak with the right accent, especially in Japanese,” she recalled.

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“So I worked a little. But I watched tons of anime when I was little so my brain remembered the language.

“It’s a very, very beautiful language. Very expressive.”

The French star went on to make a surprising confession which explained why her command of English is so strong.

“When I was a child I thought I was born in the wrong country,” she admitted. “I wanted to be born in England.

“I wanted to speak English, and I had red hair so everyone was mocking me at school. I thought, ‘If I was born in the UK nobody would care about this’.

“So I was very happy to be able to play in English, and I wanted to experience how different it is to play in your own language and a different one. And it’s really different.”

Yamashita and Geffrier quickly became good friends during production and they enjoyed discovering the cultural differences between the Japanese and French cast.

“It was surprising, before getting to set we were greeting each other in the morning with a kiss and hug,” Yamashita recalled.

“In Japan, we don’t have that culture, but actually I loved it. Starting with a hug and kiss makes me motivated in the day.

“It’s like, ‘I’ll do my best today’. So I really loved it. I have friends in France who took me to great restaurants, and after shooting we hung out together with the crew. It was a fun moment.”

Drops of God continues Fridays on Apple TV+.

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