I admire directors so much, I find them incredible: they manage such a huge number of people of different characters, think of the money involved.

Truffaut loved actresses, and he was very intense. All the actresses I knew wanted to do a film with him.

Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.

I have a strong sense of responsibility. I like to be directed, it's true. If I didn't like that, I'd do something else.

I didn't devote my life to acting. I give a lot to my work, but my life has always been more important.

I can be very critical on myself and on other people; I can be very demanding.

People who know me know I'm strong, but I'm vulnerable.

I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors.

I'm not always the nicest person to meet, because I forget very easily that I'm an actress when I'm not working.

It has been very erotic and provocative for people to wonder about my feelings for women.

I was never a dangerous woman. I'm not the prissy blonde woman that could take your husband away.

I did important films when I was very young.

To wait, for an actor, is not like someone who's waiting to see the doctor. It's not the kind of wait where you get bored.

I have been involved in some films other actresses would not have done.

That's what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.

It's always difficult to play a scene of physical violence because you're always afraid that you don't know your own strength and might hurt someone.

Prostitution happens to you because of troubles you had. In reality no woman would choose to do that.

You get involved with a character after spending a long time waiting, and this demands a lot of energy and concentration.

I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored.

You can express a lot of things, a lot of action without speaking.

I like being famous when it's convenient for me and completely anonymous when it's not.

This book was company for me - I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.

To have a public life, you still have the right to a private life.

Bjork is a very original, interesting person. I like her very much.

People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life.

All women who kill or have sexual obsessions or who are prostitutes have trouble with their fathers.

It's very difficult for me to speak about being an actor.

I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else.

I like all these little animals that run and eat and hide all the time. I like their faces, They seem to be scared and curious at the same time.

You suffer as an actor. It's difficult to be an actor and live a good life, especially today.

I don't live that much with the character. I find it hard enough having to spend so many hours with the character during the day.

I think anything that has to do with sexuality makes people very interested.

Sex is a big question mark. It is something people will talk about forever.

I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film.

I cannot imagine having a physical relationship with a woman. I have not done that. But I really love women.

Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else. I want to give myself completely.

Some people fall in love with their co-stars and feel things that they never thought they would feel for them because they are touching.

On Belle de Jour, the producer was very protective. It was very hard for me.

Even if there are a lot women in films, there are few who are lesbians, that people know about.

Being an actress is a very physical thing. If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.

Actors have to be there and do the work, and that's enough.

Acting is also working with people who invite you into their dreams and trust you with their innermost being.

I live very normally, I go out with my friends, we go to the movies, I queue, we go to restaurants.

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man.

I always try to keep that feeling of being on the edge. I'm afraid of knowing too well and seeming mechanical.

I had mice that I kept as pets when I was very young, and I've always liked the way they look. Even rats. I'm not scared of them.

Film is a very young art that is still evolving. Soon, we shall reach a balance between content and technology.

I think the clothes in Belle de Jour are very important to the style of the film. Even today, it is still timeless.

Polanski was very precise. I think he still is.