Adele Exarchopoulos wants everyone to know that it's called acting.
The star of the lesbian-themed French drama Blue Is The Warmest Color says the graphic sex scenes in the acclaimed film have led some to believe that she and co-star Lea Seydoux were indeed being sexually intimate.
'I know that everybody wants to ask me, "Do you really f-ck together?'"' Exarchopoulos tells GQ.
The 20-year-old French actress brushes off such speculation by saying: 'When you die in a movie, you don't really die in life.'
The nearly three-hour movie opens in theaters on Friday (25 October) and has received an NC-17 rating because it the sexual content.
In May, it won the Palme d'Or trophy at the Cannes Film Festival with Exarchopoulos and Seydoux included in that win - a first for actors in a film.
In addition to the attention for the sex scenes, the movie is also getting attention for the feud that has erupted between Seydoux and director Abdellatif Kechiche.
Seydoux in interviews has been critical of Kechiche's shooting methods and said she would never work with him again.
In an open letter published on the website Rue89 this week, he called her an 'arrogant, spoiled child' trying to fan the flames for her own personal publicity.