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Sally, Sarah & Les Twins On Why Do Twins Argue Better Than Anyone Else
INTERVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH J. EDWARDS
ART DIRECTION: SALLY A. EDWARDS
LOCATION: MARIGNAN, PARIS
Sarah J. Edwards and Sally A. Edwards journey to Paris to spend a day with Laurent and Larry Bourgeois aka Les Twins to discuss the highs and lows of being identical twins.
The duos discover similar experiences of body shaming and body consciousness, playground nicknames, public approach, comedy timing and the hardest part of life as twins.
The original story was first published in BLAG Vol. 3 Nø 5 print edition in 2015. Read an exclusive excerpt here
FIGHT MEANS LOVE
Sarah: Which moves have you done that you really shock each other with? Is there a move that either of you do, where you’re like, ‘Urgh, don’t hurt yourself?’
Larry: Oh, we hurt ourselves every time. Every move.
Laurent: Every time, you can tell - points to wounded elbow.
Sarah: I did see that.
Laurent: [Points to knee] This, [and to waist] oh, I’m not going to show you that, you don’t want to see it.
Laurent: But you can tell everything is always recent. So, we don’t really pay attention to it. We never hurt anyone [other] than us. I’m always hurting myself.
Sarah: What do you think is the biggest difference between you that goes unnoticed? Sally and I will have times where people will be say, ‘You’re exactly the same!’ and it’s like, ‘Well. No.’
Laurent: [Laughing] Yeah!
Sally: I just think, well, you don’t know us.
Laurent: Well, I think that the people who don’t know about that, they will never know. Even if you find someone exactly alike or someone who dances like them, or speaks like them, or [if] they look really alike, because there’s a lot of people who look alike and they don’t even know each other or whatever. Well, they don’t have the connection that we have naturally as a twin. It’s like people want to be the same, it’s like, ‘Oh my god...’ That’s the thing that’s beautiful with twins, it’s that we don’t look for ourselves in anybody [else] because we already have a twin. They might be trying to look for themselves on a bottle or a teddy bear or like, ‘Oh my god, that’s my thing,’ we don’t need that.
Sarah: Wow, I’ve never thought about that. It’s really interesting spending time with you, because I don’t think about the fact you’re twins. At all. People say that to us after a while. I can tell that you have that bond...
Laurent: Oh, we’re not as... [points to Larry] My brother keeps this saying everywhere in the world, ‘You will never get like us, if you don’t fight with the person you want to work or live your life with.’ Fight means love. If you don’t fight or compete with the person, if you don’t fight with [them] everyday for bullshit shit, most of the time, it’ll never work. It has to be...we fight for no reason.
Sarah: Yeah, [points to Sally] we have these massive arguments and you’re in the middle, you’re going at each other and you’re like...
Laurent: And people run!
"You get to the [point] with me and my brother [where] fighting physically [wouldn’t be as bad], than what we said, because we touch each other really deeply. Worse than when kids want to hurt someone."
Sarah: ...what was this about again? [Laughs] I do that. In my head, I’m like I don’t even know why we’re carrying on, so I’m going to try and reign it in.
Laurent: Ok, but that’s cute. You’re on level zero. [Points to himself and Larry and shakes his head] Us? Oh, it’s the worst.
Sally: Hmm, you haven’t seen us. [Laughs]
Laurent: You get to the [point] with me and my brother [where] fighting physically [wouldn’t be as bad], than what we said, because we touch each other really deeply. Worse than when kids want to hurt someone. Like, [laughing and touches Larry’s hand, who is looking down] kids will go to Ma’am’s or something and go, [looks up and adopts child voice] ‘Ma’am? You fat! Oh, by the way, what’s that right here [touches his cheek] ‘It’s blue! Oh, it’s nasty.’ You know, they’re trying to hurt. Kids are so honest. It’s like this. Me and my brother, we are honest to each other like this and in front of anybody. It’s really rude sometimes, but... They’ll be like, ‘Oh my god, you guys are terrible to each other.’ But it’s like, [shrugs shoulders] ‘Well, we’re like this.’
Sally: We just get ‘Girls!’ even from people who don’t know us. If we start slightly...’Girls!’ In a maternal kind of voice.
Laurent: [Cracks up laughing] Well, they can’t be a referee, because they’ll be in a fight! People probably think that’s really deep, because if I say [these things] to you, you are never going to get it, but your twin brother is always going to be your twin. That’s why you can say any shit you want to and they’re always going to be there, or be your twin anyway. So, yes. We are assholes.
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