I'm not even aware of my success. Success is such an illusion.

Acting is a tough business, and you need to be in good shape mentally and physically.

In a building with apartments, of course, you want to make connections. Life is easier that way. There's salt if you don't have salt; you can knock at someone's door, like in any city. But you know, you can hear the others, and you want to sleep, you get annoyed.

I like being a mother, and I want to be involved in my work, so I have to make choices. If you're a film actress, your career is from 20 to 45, but you can still dream.

I try to see my films just once. it's like a dream you've been through when it's been intense, and you just have to go through it once more just to make sure you've had it.

But I think it's a little different in Europe, because 40 is really the best age for a woman. That's when we hit our peak and become this ripe fruit.

I have stories that I'd like to maybe one day consider directing, but you need a lot of time to write and put it together.

Sometimes I call directors. Sometimes I just meet with them. It just happens. It's not that I'm pushy. It comes naturally. But I go ahead. I don't stay in my armchair, waiting for the phone to ring.

Before I thought there was a common denominator between my films - as if all my characters were sisters - but I'm not so sure now.

Some words, you know, it's amazing but some words would come only in French, and when I speak French, it would only come in English. And so the adjustment is very difficult sometimes.

I love the unknown. I think because it brings fear, and to embrace fear is the best feeling.

I never really worked in Hollywood. Some American producers came to Europe to shoot films with me, so it's a different situation... It was not my aim.

I am not a great French woman. George Sand, Marguerite Duras and Simone de Beauvoir are great French women.

I don't believe in coincidence.

I think I am pretty much melancholic.

I like travelling and if I have to come to Hollywood to make a movie I will, but otherwise I'd never move there. It's very much an industry town and that doesn't really interest me.

Oh, I'll be forgotten too, don't worry.

I want to know why I'm alive. I want to understand. It's like exploration; it's like someone being interested in a place and its history, digging into the earth and looking for it, searching - it's a passion.

Maybe it's because my mother divorced and my grandmother divorced, so maybe I'm frightened deep down. But then I also feel there is no real need. Why do I need to get married? To reassure me? No I don't need reassurance.

I like intensity. If it's too mellow, I feel like, bleah. I like intensity, because it's way of reaching spaces inside of you, and it's my need of knowledge, of knowing about myself regardless.

I never felt being an actor or making a movie was an easy thing to do.

As an actor, I have to be fulfilled in the roles that I play; it has to be a journey for me to learn something or involve myself.

But I've never felt that being an actress is being in a comfortable place. It's seen from the outside that we're being driven in big cars and having these gorgeous suites and all of that. But come on, it's not about that.

When I won the Oscar, there was something telling me 'this isn't the truth'. I had to get back to real work.

Usually I love preparing. It's really the time I prefer, because it's a time of reflection and of possibility of growth - to let it cook inside.

I'm a fighter as a mother. I'm fighting to be a mother, but I cannot say no to my passion because it's me, as well.

I was so happy when they cast me in Chocolat, because it's one of my vices.

If you have everything, then you don't want to go on. It's the lacking that makes you search for something better.

I sometimes feel like I could do another job. Anything. Maybe because as an actress you're playing different characters, everything feels possible.

If you told me tomorrow that I couldn't act anymore, it wouldn't bother me. I have only one wish: to meet the man of my life.

I want to make films that are political and social. Films with a message or an idea. Films that dare to ask.

I would say I'm humanly engaged.

Each new film is like a trial. Before I step in front of the camera, I do not know whether I am going to fall or whether I am going to fly - and that is exactly the way I want it to stay.

When you really put your heart in the work, you don't think of how you look. And I think that's the beauty of it.

What makes a person sexy is when he's not trying to be sexy.

Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life... I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don't deny the past, but it's a page to turn.

I don't like films giving me answers. I like films that are provoking me, that are making me feel not only being in an easy place.

I'm not obsessed by looks. I think you can become a prisoner of your own image.

What I need is to express my passion for life... It's movement I'm interested in, the life in me, the life in humanity.

Fighting the ageing process just doesn't work. I think that actresses, ultimately, are responsible for the faces we give to women.

My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.

Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion.

But, you know, when I choose a film I need to believe in it and believe I can do something special with it, and after a while that means not trying to judge or analyze why I should do it. You have to follow this intuition thing, which is a mystery to me.

For me, habit is just a synonym for death.

Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life.

Attraction is beyond our will or ideas sometimes.

I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don't deny the past, but it's a page to turn.

I would have loved to have met Marilyn Monroe and have dinner with her.

I think acting is about forgetting yourself in order to give the best of yourself. It's passing through you more than you're creating it. You're not the flower, but the vase which holds the flower.