“If you want to know what to do next, just look around you. The clues are there” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Mathieu Giverne © Melissa Pelchat

“The first time I met Mathieu was for my “Wizard of Oz” shoot and when I handed him his silver spray painted clothes, he told me he always wondered what wearing leggings felt like. And that, my friends, was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. During our years at Dawson, my friend and I have abused of Mathieu’s generosity because there’s nothing we could do to make him look bad. He always, under all circumstances, looked handsome. It would be devastatingly annoying if we weren’t photographers. He is the posterchild for the hashtag #nofilter. His true, sincere kindness melts me and, I’m just saying this, I love the fact that he has bowls full of Skittles at his house. He’s also the only person I know who puts “caviar” and “lemon pie” in the same sentence – see below. Happy birthday, Mathieu!” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Mathieu

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Going to France with all of my family.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. That time I didn’t receive the gift I expected, so I cried like a spoiled child…

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. When I was younger, all of my family from France came to my house, especially for me, and for no other purpose than that.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Pasta, sushi, caviar and lemon pie.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. That people are aware that it’s my birthday, even if they don’t offer me presents. The attention is nice!

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I like to be wished a happy birthday, having cake but we don’t blow the candles. It’s a tradition. Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!