Men don't fall in love with me - only young ones.

At school, I always wanted to belong to a gang, and no one would have me. So I'd have make my own gang, but with everybody else's leftovers.

As actors, we're always asked to portray and react to these extreme circumstances, otherwise it's not interesting. They are agonizing things to think about.

I mean, my father was killed when I was six. And I only have tiny, tiny flashes of memory.

I find it very difficult to be two different characters at the same time - actress and mother.

I have a feeling I will work for a long, long time. I like it a lot... and I don't know. I just have a feeling that I'm going to be one of those people who go on for ever.

Sometimes, I think I could have been a major movie star with the vast mansion and staff. I look at my Volvo and think it could be a limousine. I think of the roles I turned down. But then I wouldn't have had any children.

Movies make you immortal and ageless.

I think in most jobs, you get better as you get older. You gain experience, you gain knowledge.

I'm not at all fed up with British films, but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.

If you make a film about a pig farmer in Wales and you are a huge hit as the pig farmer's wife, the next thing is you'll be asked to do a film about a sheep farmer in Scotland.

I was very lost as a teenager. Which is a horrible way to feel.

Having a leading man who is actually prettier than you are is quite upsetting.

If anyone says, 'Let's have a girls' night out,' I will run in the opposite direction.

I do consider myself as being French, I suppose.

The parts I've been most successful in are the ones I've desperately, desperately wanted.

I've realised that I am who I am and that is it. Like it or lump it. I'm not around to please anyone any more, and it's a huge relief.

I'm very wary of trust, you see.

You have to think about whether that Mercedes-Benz you have is actually worth how much it costs to you.

With the theatre, your whole day is geared towards the evening's show, and that's the job. People usually go to work about 9 and come home around 5, or maybe 7.

Exoticism can give you an edge: it makes people assume you're cleverer than you are and gives you the upper hand.

I'm not used to being asked what I want to talk about. That's why I'm an actress. Get told what to do, stand on the mark, say your words, wear this, look this way, look that way.

I find it difficult to explain, but I'm quite ashamed of being an actress.

I was terrible at school.

As an adult, it's a huge shock to be orphaned; as a child it's just hideous, ghastly.

I am sure that, had I grown up with both parents, had I grown up in a safe environment, had I grown up with a feeling of safety rather than danger, I would not be the way I am.

Life is too short to live on low-fat everything.

'The English Patient' was a huge turning point in my career and my life; it became this huge thing. But the whole Oscar build-up got completely out of control; I spent more time talking about that film than I spent making it!

I love shooting French films because I don't have to stick with being sophisticated or stuck-up.

If you are a successful actor, which is what I am, then you tend to get labelled very quickly and easily.

I really like acting in French. It's actually quite different for me, from acting in English. It's fun acting in a foreign language. You're liberated or freed from preconceptions.

My body is a baby machine.

I'm very good at forgetting people.

I am so bored with seeing stories about a mature man of 65 falling in love with a beautiful girl of 32.

I do not want to pour out my heart to the world. I am cautious of what I say and to whom.

I still absolutely love 'The Sound of Music' and anything with Julie Andrews in it.

Everyone loves to hate a spin doctor.

I think I'm inspired mostly by other artists that aren't actors, like writers or singers or artists, for being so brave.

It takes a long time to appreciate one's parents.

My life is European.

I mean, if you're being directed very precisely by somebody who has admiration and who's really smart, it's great. If you're being told what to do by a nincompoop - and luckily that hasn't happened very often - it can be very frustrating.

The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources.

I'd love to do some comedy. Particularly French comedy, which I know sounds like a contradiction in terms.

Having a career is a bit like navigating an Atlantic crossing - you have to make sure everything is keeping and is balanced.

I know I can be bolshy and really unpleasant, and it always happens if I lose confidence in the people I'm working with. If I've got no confidence in what I'm doing and they don't provide me with some assurance that we're doing the right thing then I bully people. I'm a horrible bully.

I like the idea that I'm making things that people might think and argue about.

I think people do work too much. I've never been able to understand the whole 'make hay while the sun shines' thing. Either I want to work or I don't want to work.

I'm a late developer.

I never go straight to the point if I can go the most difficult way. Why be simple when you can be complicated?