Carla on camera: France's first lady makes her film debut for Woody Allen Julia Roberts has worked for him.

As has Penelope Cruz with wildly successful results - she began a love affair with new husband Javier Bardem and won an Academy Award during the process.

And Scarlett Johansson famously said she'd be willing to hem his trousers if given the chance to set foot on one of his sets.

So Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was in good company when she became one of the famous faces to take orders from Woody Allen, filming scenes for his latest romantic comedy Midnight in Paris.

Despite a top-notch cast - Oscar-winners Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody, feature along with Owen Wilson – the acting debut of France's first lady inevitably attracted the most attention.

Crowds flocked to the set in the country's capital to catch a glimpse of the photogenic former model in action.

There was added excitement when Carla's husband President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived - surrounded by bodyguards - to follow the filming.

While the 42-year-old has forged a reputation for herself as a talented singer-songwriter since the end of her million-dollar modelling career, she admits to having little knowledge of the acting world.

Undaunted Carla – who plays a museum curator in the film about about a young engaged couple whose life is disrupted by a trip to Paris - said she was looking forward to the experience.

"I go into everything blindly, or I'd never do anything at all.

"I am not an actress at all. Maybe I'll be completely hopeless, but I can't miss an opportunity like this one in my life.

"When I'm a grandmother, I'd like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen."

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