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Stepbrother- Malone Oscar Olivier Séchan-Serda (born in 2006)
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Lolita Séchan
Lolita Séchan is a Parisian graphic novelist and children’s book writer who is known for the graphic novel “Les brumes de Sapa” (2016) and the children’s book “Cachée ou pas, j’arrive!” (2020).
Lolita spent her childhood skipping classes at school to accompany her singer father, Renaud Séchan, on his concert tours. A popular French singer, songwriter, and actor, Renaud is best known for his studio albums Laisse béton (1977 ), Morgane de toi (1983), and Mistral gagnant (1985).
A childhood picture of Lolita Séchan
Her mother, Dominique Quilichini, dropped her career as an actress in Coluche’s troupe when she got pregnant with Lolita. A close friend of Dominique, Coluche became Lolita’s godfather after her birth.
When Lolita was 18, her parents divorced.
An established novelist, her paternal grandfather, Olivier Séchan, won the Prix des Deux Magots in 1942 for his novel ‘Les corps ont soif.’ Later, Olivier gained popularity as a children’s books writer.
During her childhood, her parents enrolled her in a Montessori school in Paris. In Montessori schools, children are allowed to make creative choices in their learning methods, meanwhile, highly trained teachers offer age-appropriate activities to guide them. The Montessori method of education aroused creative interests in Lolita.
The sparks of her creativity were brewed by her father when he introduced Lolita to Franco-Belgian comics like Tintin, Yakari, and Chlorophylle. It was the book ‘La Quête de l’oiseau du temps,’ written by Serge Le Tendre and illustrated by Régis Loisel, which intrigued her passion for drawing. Lolita was inspired by Régis Loisel’s work in the book.
Soon, she developed an interest in reading Manga, comics or graphic novels originating from Japan.
At a very young age, she joined drawing classes, her first steps towards becoming a graphic novelist.
After attending a film school, Lolita ventured into the entertainment industry as an assistant director for ‘Wanted’ (2003), a Canadian-British comedy-heist thriller film, directed by Brad Mirman.
In 2004, she relocated to Montreal, where she pursued her formal education, meanwhile focusing on creating her graphic novel.
In 2007, she made acquaintance with Renan Luce during one of his concerts at La Cigale. Soon, they started dating. The couple parted ways in 2016.
She worked on her first graphic novel, Les Cendres de Maman, for five years. The novel centers around a little girl who sets out on a voyage in search of her mother who is kidnapped by the chimney sweeper.
Along with Emmanuel Grard, she co-authored the book “Todo Loco, Tome 1,” published in 2009.
In the same year, she worked as an assistant director for the music video of her father’s song “Docteur Renaud Mister Renard.”
Her 2010 book “Marshmalone” (named after her half-brother Malone) featured her childhood memories, especially the impact of the birth of her little brother. While talking about the book, in an interview she said,
I wanted to talk about the arrival of this little brother in my life as an only girl with all that that implies . At the beginning, it was very hard to share my father, today I’m very happy.”
In 2016, she authored the graphic novel “Les brumes de Sapa” (The Mists of Sapa) in which she narrated the story of a young girl named Lo Thi Gôm, whom Lolita made acquaintance with during her trip to Vietnam in 2002. The novel cherishes the friendship of Lolita and Lo Thi Gôm, a young girl who belonged to the oppressed minority of the ethnic group Hmong. The book earned Séchan the nomination for Prix de la BD Fnac (2017), a French prize given by the Fnac brand that each year recognizes a comic strip.
In 2018, she authored the books “Une échappée de bartok biloba” and “Tout le monde devrait rester tranquille près d’un petit ruisseau et écouter.”
She is the co-writer and illustrator of the children’s book “Cachée ou pas, j’arrive!” (Ready or not here I come!). She co-wrote the book along with Camille Jourdy, a French illustrator, screenwriter, and comic book author. The book chronicles the adventures of a mole named Bartok Biloba and a girl with a tail and kitten ears named Nouk who explore new places while playing hide & seek. At the 2021 Foire du livre de jeunesse de Bologne (Bologna Children’s Book Fair), “Cachée ou pas, j’arrive!” was nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award in the category of Comics for young readers.
Her illustrations of Bartok Biloba were displayed on a Morris column in Saint-Gratien, France. Morris column is a historical advertising street furniture, which is common throughout Germany and France.
Lolita Séchan’s illustrations exhibited on a Morris column in Saint-Gratien
Lolita was crowned ‘Miss Space’ in 2008.
Lolita Séchan became a hypochondriac, people who fear illness, after watching an episode of ‘La Petite Maison dans la prairie,’ an American historical drama TV series (The Little House On The Prairie) in which one of the protagonists Mary became blind due to a fever. France Dimanche People who are hypochondriacs believe they have some serious undiagnosed medical condition, even though diagnostic tests show there is nothing wrong with them. Lolita’s call list has approximately 41 doctors, which include dermatologists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, cardiac surgeons, and many other specialists, and she consults a doctor atleast once a week. Additionally, the graphic novelist is lactophobic, i.e., she hates consuming milk.
Her bad posture during long hours of drawing has led to tendinitis and rotten cervical. In 2018, she was operated for herniated disc (commonly known as Slipped disc)
Lolita’s Instagram account features various pictures of her posing with her pet cat.
Lolita Séchan with her cat
Once, in an interview, she revealed that she turned down an opportunity to become a songwriter as it did not interest her. She said,
I had a proposal to write songs, but that’s not my thing. And above all, it refers to too many personal things. Comics is my domain, it belongs only to me. I have always taken drawing lessons …”
The children’s book writer is also a passionate toy collector. While talking about her fondness for toys, in an interview, she said,
In collect toys. I am always told that when I have a child, I will lend it to him, but I don’t want, they are mine. For me, it’s also a way of protecting myself.”
Lolita Séchan launched her first exhibition in 2020 at the Forum Cultural Center, Place François-Truffaut during the 14th edition of Inventaires de Saint-Gratien (Val-d’Oise). Every year the event authorizes an artist to creatively represent the city Saint-Gratien.
During her childhood, Renaud Séchan dedicated numerous songs to her like Morgane de toi (1983), Mistral gagnant (1985), Les Mômes et les Enfants d’abord! (2019). For the cover of the song Morgane de toi (1983), Renaud used an image of himself carrying Lolita in his arms.
Cover picture of the song Morgane de toi (1983) featuring Renaud Séchan and Lolita Séchan
Lolita Séchan was accused of racism after she made a remark about Made In China masks on her Instagram account. Gala In May 2021, she uploaded a picture of the cover of packaging of protective masks that she had bought for her children. The packaging stated that the masks were made in China and Lolita’s caption read,
Is it that hard to make it in France? Well, it’s not won”
A snippet of Lolita Séchan’s Instagram post
After she was heavily slammed on the internet, she explained that she wasn’t offensive towards Chinese manufacturing. Instead, she just encouraged local production of necessary products that were short in supply amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Thereafter, she posted another story on the account which read,
I thought I was talking about ecology in fact. Local production. Short-circuit logic. Regarding a product that was in shortage at a time when it was essential. Is it racist to find it absurd to bring something from the other side of the world that we can manufacture here because there is an emergency ?”
Lolita was rushed to the hospital in 2021 after being severely injured by her pet cat, who engaged in a fight with the neighbor’s dog.
Lolita Séchan showing her scratched forearm with traces of bites