“My son will be an American, but I remain French,” Martinez told PEOPLE in Paris on Wednesday.
The actor, 47, made the comment at the opening night of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival, where he is serving as this year’s honorary president.
While joking with reporters, Martinez remarked about his experiences walking red carpets.
“It’s not the first one, not the last [I've been on],” he said with a smile. “It’s part of the job.” The actor noted differences between the press line in his home country versus the United States, where he’s lived with his actress fiancée for the past two years.
“I’m French — it’s less important,” Martinez explained. “Meaning, I remain a Frenchman in America, but I adapt to American culture. I feel good there — but I’m still a foreigner.”
“My son will be an American,” he proudly repeated.
Berry, 46, arrived in Paris with the actor on Tuesday. The couple are expected to walk the festival’s red carpet together on Thursday evening, where Berry will be the special guest of honor.
– Peter Mikelbank