Marion Cotillard graces the cover of this week’s The Hollywood Reporter, where she talks about being the “French equivalent of a ‘Girl From The Bronx,’” being stalked by the paparazzi and her role in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Here are some highlights:
THE FRENCH EQUIVALENT OF A ‘GIRL FROM THE BRONX’
Born in Paris in 1975, Cotillard was brought up in the suburb of Alfortville, Paris’ equivalent of an inner city in the U.S. “I was living in an HLM,” the projects, she says. “I come from ‘la cite.’ That’s who I am. As they’d say here, ‘I’m still this girl from the Bronx.’ ” Growing up, Cotillard was full of self-loathing: “I really didn’t know how I would spend my life. I didn’t like anything about myself — my looks, my personality. I was very, very angry.”
COTILLARD CONFIRMS SHE PLAYS GOOD GUY MIRANDA TATE IN DARK KNIGHT RISES
Cotillard confirms that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson’s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.
SCRUTINY OVER WHETHER SHE BROKE HER DARK KNIGHT CONTRACT FORRUST AND BONE
Just two weeks before Cannes, the French blogosphere lit up after Cotillard told a French magazine, Obsession (a spinoff of the highly respected Le Nouvel Observateur), that she had shot the movie when she was still meant to be exclusively available for Knight. Blog headlines such as “Marion Cotillard: Secrets and Lies in the Last Audiard” indicate how scrutinized the actress is. Cotillard’s commitment to Nolan left her unable to rehearse with Audiard, and she admits he was “sometimes not very happy” about that. “It was frustrating.”
SHE REGRETS HAVING VOICED DOUBTS ABOUT 9/11
“It’s kind of easy to say, ‘It was taken out of context,’ because people now think that’s a way to hide something,” she says. “It was totally stupid to talk about this on TV. It was not serious, and I really regret that I talked about such a painful subject for so many people in this very light way. I know people who lost family members or friends in this tragedy.”
STALKED BY PAPARAZZI
“I was 4-1/2 months pregnant and I went to this store in Paris. I was in the dressing room and looked at my belly, and they took a picture!” she recalls. “It was horrible. It really made me sick physically.”
ON LOVE, AND PARENTHOOD, WITH FRENCH STAR GUILLAUME CANET
Cotillard has begun shooting her next film, Blood Ties, a crime drama set in 1970s New York, directed by Canet, whom she met in 2003 when they worked on Love Me If You Dare. Initially friends, they have been together for the past five years, since his divorce from actress Diane Kruger; he directed Cotillard in the upcoming Aug. 24 release Little White Lies.
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