I stay in France. Better to be the queen of a village than a servant in a kingdom.
I am a voyager - and the voyage cannot mean that I stay at home.
I feel better in my body now than when I was 20. Why not?
You may think of me as an object of desire and I'm going to tell you that I can be in front of you naked and not be erotic.
There are moments when you feel that the desire to work is fading, and the only way to bring it back is to get away from it, to put yourself in a state of frustration so you feel the need again.
The body, in 'La Belle Noiseuse,' was the source of the artist's creativity.
My looks mean nothing to me. If anything, they are a hindrance.
There are a lot of films where I play characters that are about the windows to the interior person rather than the exterior.
My body is an instrument for me to use.
For me, I don't feel it is a success in the career to be the pretty woman; career success comes from being characters who tell us something about the truth.
I don't see my old films, but I think of the characters I played as friends, like the women I meet in my life who made strong impressions on me. I remember them and they are part of me.
I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. But that's the way I'm doing it.
I keep reading that I'm cold. But I'm not, I'm shy. And I play a lot of women of fire and sexuality like an animal - so I'm cold on one side and fiery on the other.
I think my best work has been in France with great men. It's been my great fortune to work with really great men - with Olivier Assayas, Raoul Ruiz, Jacques Rivette. I am tutored by them.
I was a very bad student. I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn't want to go farther in school. I hated school and was always the bad one; I was always insulting the teachers.
The press follow me. I sue them. That's the deal.
There is a phrase in French, which means 'to miss.' To pass by. To not be able to stop. You love someone and someone loves you, but it just can't work for different reasons.
Today I would say, 'I am against plastic surgery.' It's a grave act. An act that touches our soul. It was frightening.
Very often with an American movie, the end is very happy and you just feel good when you go out. When you go to a French movie, it's kind of like, oh!, and you can't go out; you're stuck in your chair. It goes so deeply inside of the heart.
When I'm playing a part, I can feel all my body playing it; it's like really making love.
It is not easy to grow old in this business, when you are a woman above all, in the cinema.
It is not easy to age in harmony with one's roles.
I am an actress, I earn money, I am well-known. I don't think it is altruism to become engaged in humanitarian work. It's the least one can do.
I can't just react on the strength of an email and three pages of synopsis, and say I'm going to take off for three months of my life.
I'm trying my best to keep my private life guarded. It's not easy at all. Non, non, non.
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