Jeanne Damas on Authenticity, Her Tumblr Days, and the Legacy of Karl Lagerfeld

Jeanne Damas on Authenticity, Her Tumblr Days, and the Legacy of Karl Lagerfeld


We’re in an era of film and television where casting has become more personal than ever. Directors aren’t searching for actors anymore as much as they’re searching for someone who already lives the life of the character they’ve imagined. When the role came up for Paloma Picasso in the Hulu series Becoming Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Damas was the casting director’s first and only call.

A designer with her own brand, a socialite, a red-lipstick aficionado, and a Parisian woman—Damas was a natural choice for this job. She stepped into Picasso’s shoes and controversial red wedding dress and took on the role as if it were her own life.