French First Lady Bruni Starts Shooting First Film

French First Lady Carla Bruni has officially become an actress, with no less than President Nicolas Sarkozy among those who watched her portray a character in front of a camera for the first time.

The shoot was for the latest Woody Allen film, “Midnight in Paris,” which also stars Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates. Bruni will reportedly play the character of a museum director, a relatively small role compared to the other high-profile cast.

Although “Midnight in Paris” is considered Bruni’s acting debut, it would not be the first time that she would appear in a movie. Bruni appeared as herself in Robert Altman’s “Pret-a-Porter” in 1994, when she was still known as one of the world’s top supermodels. She also portrayed herself in the 1998 film “Paparazzi,” which was directed by Alain Berberian.

Despite doubts about her acting skills, Bruni accepted Allen’s offer in November last year, saying that she cannot pass on “an opportunity like this.”