There is no shortage of beautiful people on movie screens, but often when you see them in real life, they’re not quite as pretty as you imagine they would be. Not so Marion Cotillard. It doesn’t seem possible, but she’s actually even more stunning in person. She was in Los Angeles recently to promote her new film Rust and Bone and I had the pleasure of sitting down with her for a brief chat at The Four Seasons Hotel. Graced with the casual, almost effortless elegance that seems to be the genetic right of the French, she looked perfectly lovely in a simple floral print dress with her hair up, little makeup on her face and her legs tucked up comfortably beneath her on the sofa. I didn’t know if she’d be prickly or guarded or bored or what, but it turned out she was quiet, thoughtful and engaging. I only wish we’d had time for a longer conversation. In order to fill out the chat a little bit, I dropped in a couple of her responses during the press conference earlier in the day.

In the film directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), Cotillard plays Stephanie, a party girl who loses her legs in an accident. Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) co-stars as Alain, a single father on a downward spiral who turns to back-lot, bare-knuckle boxing in order to make money to survive. Stephanie and Alain are two emotionally troubled people on the fringes of society who meet and form an unlikely love relationship. Rust and Bone opened November 23rd in New York and it opens December 7th here in Los Angeles.

Check out the rest of the interview at Awards Daily.

12 Responses to “Me, alone in a room with Ms. Marion Cotillard”

  1. Congratulations Craig! This is one of your greatest posts of them all for all kinds of reasons, but be rest assured the questions are fantastic, and the lovely Ms. Cotillard makes the interview priceless. I like the talk about her Oscar win for LA VIE EN ROSE and her character in RUST AND BONE, but the entire presentation is wonderful. What a boon to LIC and AD!!!

  2. That’s fantastic, Craig, and congratulations! I’m so glad more and more of these great opportunities are coming your way. Really nice interview and she seems like an interesting and lovely person.

    (WTF is that comment from Kevin though?)

  3. Kevin is a twat. lol.

    Thanks guys. This was a big dorky thrill for me and I never could’ve convinced the PR people to let me do it if Sasha hadn’t given me such a big platform to work on. I wish I’d had more time to talk to her though. As it was I felt like I was just getting warmed up and it was time to go.

    Next time maybe I’ll get her for 30 mins :)

  4. Ah, Craig! I’m so thrilled for you! Would love to pick your brain over your sit-down with Ms. Cotillard! Big hug (sorry I’ve been so out of it, kids and work, you know the drill, but I have some news. Will share with you soon!)

  5. I was totally thinking of you the whole interview Dorothy and I was planning to send you an email when it posted. Drop me a line and let’s catch up!

  6. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I’ll definitely send you an email. Hopefully after next week I can start participating in LiC again.

    Great to see you too, Sam! And hi to Alison :)

  7. I’ll try and ramp up my content again so you’ll have something interesting to come back to besides the Movie Quote of the Day :)

    (and I don’t even have a kid to use as an excuse)

  8. The great Dorothy Porker makes an appearance! Eager to hear more from you!

    Craig, you have every reason to be quite pleased with the results of your interview with Cotillard. As a result of your unique interview approach and Cotillard’s slightly off-center personality, I believe it’s a great read. And you really should have an opportunity to spend more time with her at some point in the near future.

  9. Thanks Pierre!

  10. Thanks very much for that Dorothy! Thrilled to see you on these pages again, and extend holiday greetings to you and your lovely family!

  11. Hi Dorothy! Nice to see you here again – it’s been a long time. :)

  12. I concur! Nice job on the interview. Ten minutes is simply not enough time to comfortably accomplish anything of depth and yet you used it well. She seems incredibly down-to-Earth for someone whose life has gotten incredibly crazy in the last five years. Nice to see she hasn’t lost touch with who she is or what is important to her as an actress.

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