Emma Smet talks about her difficulties in assuming her family name: “Little one, I wanted to change it”

On the occasion of his participation in the play The game of truth, the granddaughter of Johnny Hallyday confided in her new role and her last name in the columns of the Parisian, Tuesday January 11.

Emma Smet begins this new year on the boards in the play by Philippe Lellouche The game of truth, at the Palais des Glaces, in Paris, from January 11 until April 2022. In an interview with the newspaper The Parisian published on Tuesday, January 11, the daughter of Estelle Lefébure and David Hallyday then confided in this new role, but also on the difficulties she had, when younger, to assume her surname. “I always wanted to do the scene. When I was little, I always did shows with my sister and my aunt in front of my family. I realized that I was more comfortable playing than in life in general, that I preferred not to be myself, ”she says.

After having passed a casting against fifteen other candidates, Emma Smet obtains the first role alongside the son of Philippe Lellouche, Sam Lellouche. “I always have the 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 what I worth and not for what I am, ”explains Johnny Hallyday’s granddaughter.

In video, Emma Smet, the other granddaughter of Johnny Hallyday

“I wanted to stand out from this name”

Smet, a heavy name to bear for the young 24-year-old woman: “Little, I wanted to change it, put it upside down. On Facebook, my name is not Smet but Tems. I wanted to stand out from this name so that I wouldn’t be reminded of it all the time ”, wanting to be recognized as an actress in her own right and not as a“ daughter of ”. A surname that she ended up accepting and assuming, “They look at me, they come to see me and they judge me by my name. It puts pressure on me but makes me want to show that I’m not here for nothing. This pressure, I learned to live with. ”

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