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 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.
I started acting without any vocation. I continued out of love.
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.
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.
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.
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 body is an actor's tool, like the face, malleable. I never thought that being naked was immoral or outrageous.
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.
My looks mean nothing to me. If anything, they are a hindrance.
My body is an instrument for me to use.
It is not easy to grow old in this business, when you are a woman above all, in the cinema.
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.
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