Paris: the must-see places of Call My Agent

Do want to know what goes on behind the scenes? Immerse yourself in the world of Parisian show biz with the talent agency ASK. Another way to view the capital.

ASK Agency

Even though the address of the talent agency ASK is said to be 149, rue Saint-Honoré, not far from the Louvre Museum, the scenes were actually filmed in studios in Aubervilliers (93). As we mention in our guide Paris of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations, originally, Call My Agent was to be called 10, Avenue George V in reference to the former premises of the famous agency Artmedia.  But, deeming this title would not mean anything to the general public; it was decided to baptize the series with the amount the agent gets from the artists s/he looks after.  Artmedia managed the interests of numerous artists such as Romy Schneider, Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.  In the series, an allusion is made to the agency as ASK’s competition is called Starmedia.

The Westin Paris Vendôme

Having arrived late for a photo session after her horse-riding class, Cécile de France announces to the journalists the filming project with Quentin Tarantino.  The scene takes place in this hotel whose rooms offer an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower and the Tuileries Gardens.

Ferber Studios

Sofia (Stéfi Celma) comes to do some voice tests with Julian Doré in these legendary music recording studios created in 1973.  Several great artists the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Louise Attaque and even Manu Chao have passed through whereas Peur sur la ville and Gainsbourg, vie héroïque (Gainsbourg, heroic life) were made here.

The Grand Rex

Ramzy Bédia and Virginie Efira are interviewed about their new film Nos Petits Mensonges in this celebrated cinema accommodating an audience of a million every year and whose main theater can seat 2,700 people.  Inaugurated in 1832, the Grand Rex was successful from the start,  home to some of the biggest premieres in France as well as numerous marathon sagas such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mathias’ apartment

Mathias Barneville (Thibault de Montalembert) and his family live in this very beautiful building across from the Ranelagh Park.  Taking inspiration from the London homonym, this park is one of the rare Parisian parks to be open at night.

Andréa’s apartment

The apartment of Andréa (Camille Cottin), talent agent for the ASK agency, is located in this building constructed in 1650.  It’s also in this street that Napoleon Bonaparte used to live in 1790.  At that time houses didn’t have a number…Once in power, the emperor decided to change that by decree in 1805, to a system based on the Seine river:  for streets parallel to the river, the numbers start at the end of the street the most upstream then go in ascending order in the direction of the water flow with the even numbers on the right and the uneven on the left.  For perpendicular streets or those on a diagonal, the numbers begin at the end closest to the water.

The Grand Colbert

Camille (Fanny Sidney) comes to this restaurant to have lunch with her mother and invites Mathias for coffee.  It gets a little embarrassing when his wife joins them too.  The front of this famous brasserie founded in 1900 is listed on the historical monuments register.  The inside is just as remarkable, especially the big dining room with six-meter high walls,  sculpted pilasters, Pompeian style paintings and mosaics on the floor.

Hôtel Mansart

During a breakfast with Camille, Mathias announces to her that he wants to tell everyone that she is his daughter.  As they leave, they run into the boss of Starmedia, the competing agency.  In this 1720 building, it is said that during the revolts of the Commune, jewels were hidden within the inside shutters.  Some of them, visible in the suites, are still the original ones.

Shoot Conduite 

The name of the driving school where Norman is registered was slightly modified for the series, becoming “Schoot conduit”.  Its address is supposed to be rue Bassoff, but Paris doesn’t have a street by that name.  It’s actually a nod to Eric Bassoff, the post-production director of the series.  The rue de l’Assomption, which was the setting for the filming,  has counted amongst its famous residents the likes of Michel Audiard at number 55 and the writer and French Resistance member, Marietta Martin, at number 34.

Public Finance general headquarters

Audrey Fleurot has to settle a few administrative oversights and asks her agent Mathias to go with her.  This scene was inspired by a real event experienced by the agent Dominique Besnehard with the actress Béatrice Dalle.

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