Dear Patrick Bauchau,
You have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of the first TV series that I found myself engrossed in was The Pretender. As a young girl I appreciated the story and intrigue, but was instantly taken with your character. Something about your voice and your face exuded a warmth and intelligence that was extremely magnetic.
Growing up I developed a profound love of cinema. You seemed to pop up all the time, and I’ve never been able to mask my excitement when you appear on screen. You’ve been in many of the films that have resonated with me most: The Music Teacher, The Five Obstructions, La Collectionneuse, Suzanne’s Career (a bit part, but still so very memorable), and of course, Secretary. They could have chosen anyone to be Dr. Twardon; the role is quite small with very few lines. But no, it had to be you, because it simply would not be right for you to be missing from the film that is nearest and dearest to my heart.
In you I see the archetype for so many traits that I admire. You embody wisdom, charm, strength, frailty, and it all seems so effortless and powerful.
Of course, there are many actors that I admire, but it’s always been different with you; you’ve always been more important. Perhaps it is due to the young age at which I was first exposed to you, but I don’t think it is. It’s not an easy sentiment to express in words, and I of course am failing terribly, but I had to try.
In any case, thank you for having always been such a beautiful part of my life.