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 started acting without any vocation. I continued out of love.
I had my mouth done when I was 27. It was a botched job. Obviously, if I had liked my mouth I wouldn't have had it re-done.
Often, when you see yourself on the screen, you feel like a sweater that's been put through the washing machine. You have the impression of having done something full and luminous, and suddenly, when you see it on the screen, it's turned back into a tiny little thing.
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.
Beauty is not something you can count on. Usually, when people say you are beautiful, it is when there is a harmony between the inside and the outside.
I played football when I was little. I didn't want to be an actress at all, I wanted to be a majorette in an Australian circus. That was my ambition.
I have no TV, thank God. I haven't heard anything about Tom Cruise, except that he had a baby, I think.
I'm less desperate now to express what's inside me, that's true - I act these days because it keeps me awake and interested, an eternal student.
I dream about singing. I would love to sing and write.
I don't give a damn about Hollywood.
I don't always see my movies right away. And there are some I haven't seen at all. Sometimes that bothers the directors, so I'm obliged to see them.
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.
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.
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.
Once I opened my eyes to the realities of life, I couldn't close them.
When I'm playing a part, I can feel all my body playing it; it's like really making love.
There are a lot of films where I play characters that are about the windows to the interior person rather than the exterior.
The body, in 'La Belle Noiseuse,' was the source of the artist's creativity.
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