Seydoux had made dozens of films before "Blue," with such directors as Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and J.J. Abrams. But for Kechiche, her previous work was at best unimportant, at worst an obstacle. "She played images, archetypes," he said. "She was play-acting, more than interpreting a character." As opposed to the neat regimentation of a studio production, Kechiche worked in long, free-form days where the actors might turn up on the set having no idea what they'd be doing that day.