The sky’s the limit for Oscar-winning Actress Marion Cotillard
BY DEBORAH SCHOENEMAN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY MATTHIAS VRIENS-MCGRATH
On an unusually drizzly morning in Hollywood, the jaded hostess at Chateau Marmont knew someone was waiting for a reporter on the otherwise empty back patio, but no, she had not seen French actress Marion Cotillard. Turns out that this someone was Cotillard, incognito, in a fedora. She started wearing hats after her 2007 Oscar-winning role as singer Édith Piaf in La Vie En Rose because she had to shave her eyebrows and part of her head to fully portray the tortured chanteuse. Plus, the intense role just exhausted her. “I looked like shit,” she says, laughing.
It seems unlikely that Cotillard could look anything but flawless. The star—who’s wearing red studded Chloé boots, a Dior watch, a white knit sweater and a blue print Isabel Marant skirt—appears even more ethereal in real life than she does on the big screen. Her makeup-free, smooth skin looks far younger than her 37-year-old contemporaries. She swears plastic surgery scares her, and no surgeon is that good.
Cotillard had just returned from the film festival in Telluride and was heading to the one in Toronto in a few hours to promote Rust and Bone, her new French film, out this month. “I’m taking some time off, even though it doesn’t show right now,” says Cotillard. “You need to go back to your own life sometimes, to get inspired again.”
In the movie, she plays a killer whale trainer at an Antibes water park who suffers a horrible accident that costs her both legs. “I read the script and thought it was one of the most beautiful love stories,” she says. “I’m attracted to very deep characters and complexity that leads you to discover different levels of humanity.”
Rust and Bone co-writer and director Jacques Audiard agrees. “What Marion did in La Vie En Rose really stuck with me,” he says. “I knew that one day or another I would go to her…
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