Marion Cotillard quotes:

  • I was born in Paris and raised in the suburbs and then lived in the countryside.

  • I have a tendency to often share the point of view of the conspiracy theory.

  • I took piano lessons when I was like 5 or 6 but that was a long time ago. I stopped when I was 13.

  • It's a paradox to be an actress, living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in this life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still try to respect the environment.

  • It was an amazing adventure, it was my dream to be in an American musical... I really hope you are going to love what you are going to see.

  • I don't think you learn how to act. You learn how to use your emotions and feelings.

  • It's pretty refreshing to be in a situation where the spotlight is on someone else.

  • I've always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity.

  • I think in friendship, you want to be there for your friend, and sometimes you just don't know what to do or the relationship you have with them is not clear enough for you to know what to do.

  • When you see yourself on video, you and your friends spending time on vacation, and they take a video, and then you see it, it's really disturbing.

  • I'm always very scared when I start a movie because I never know if I'm going to be able to do a good job or do a very bad job.

  • I am not very good at expressing myself in a simple way so it can create mis-understandings and I hate that.

  • I think we're lied to about a number of things.

  • Every story is different, every movie is different, every director is different.

  • An artist is maybe not always having a normal life.

  • I don't have a goal.

  • I didn't like anything about myself - my looks, my personality. I was very, very angry.

  • Respect the place you live, be aware of the impact that you have on things.

  • That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.

  • When I was little, there were so many people in my house. Everyone was enjoying themselves, rehearsing, having fun. It was like a playground.

  • I would love to go into an animal's dream - like a lion's or a cat's. I'm sure that's pretty awesome.

  • If I wake up during a dream I can usually go back to sleep and finish the story.

  • I think the Earth and everything around it is connected - the sky and the planets and the stars and everything else we see as a mystery.

  • When you are abandoned by two parents as a baby - wow, that is something to live with.

  • Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered.

  • My dad was a mime and then he had his company and created plays for children and was very successful with it.

  • As a teenager, I didn't want to be me; I wanted to be many different people. Maybe I realized that they all lived inside me and that if I managed to connect with them, they would become aspects of me.

  • I think that emotion and good stories can cross the times.

  • What I like in this job is you can travel to many places, many imaginations.

  • As an actress I just want to tell beautiful stories.

  • As an actress I just want to tell beautiful stories

  • But it's very technical and you really have to work and work and work to crack it. It's about using your whole face, jaw and tongue in a totally different way. It was very interesting - I love the English language, which made it easier.

  • For me, what Macbeth is about is people who cannot face their fears and pain and instead of facing them and going beyond, they just run away and they try to cover this with power and violence, but it doesn't work.


  • I couldn't live without music. I experienced things through music in different countries where you cannot speak the same language, but the music and the dance relates everything.

  • I don't live with my role, I'm a really normal person.

  • I don't stick to special techniques, conscious techniques.

  • I find it easier to play someone who is so far from me because you create someone - you build this person based on the story and the script, with the director.

  • I love to work this way - I love the time of preparation. If you feed yourself with all the information and you get to understand who the character is then you can really be her.

  • I never thought that I would have to play an Indian, well half French, but an Indian woman in my life.

  • I started to write songs. And I started to like what I was writing. I think it's a new way for me to express things that are closer to myself than when I play a role, because, of course, it's really not me. I'm finding a new way. I don't know what it's going to be. But I know that I will need to give it to people one day.

  • I think that when you don't see the boundaries, you cross them without even knowing they exist in the first place.

  • I think that you always learn something from working with good actors.

  • I think we're lied to about a number of things,

  • I think what we've experienced in the past is that people do like to be challenged.

  • I think you're where you have to be and I'm not a person who wants to control things too much because I love surprises.

  • I was raised with the idea of beauty in a different way. To me, it is something that really comes out of you and surrounds you.

  • I was shy. I was more than shy.

  • I'll never approach a part in the same way again. Piaf taught me so much. In terms of my work, I think I'll enjoy it even more than before, because now I know that characters truly exist in their own right. I'll have a way to bring them even more intensely to life.

  • I'm a great fan of Michael Mann and when he asked to see me I couldn't believe it. I was very happy. I met him and I read this beautiful script. I didn't know anything about Dillinger. I fell in love with the movie and Michael Mann.

  • I'm always 100% committed to a character, a story and a director, and with Michael Mann it was 1,000%. I don't know how to explain this...

  • I'm not a method actor, but I'm affected by the life I share my life with during shooting. It's always a very strange and special period for me.

  • I'm not a real musician. If you give me a bass guitar and you ask me to improvise something, or even be with some musicians and follow them, I wouldn't be able to do it. And I want to change that. I want to be able to be in a group and take my guitar and play with them, without someone showing me, "Okay, you're going to do this and that," because music has always been a big part of my life.

  • Im so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some directors and some actors I wouldnt have dared to think I would work with one day.

  • It cannot be stressful. It just has to be fun. There are many, many things to stress for in this life -- not getting ready for a red carpet.

  • I've always known actors because my parents are actors on stage and so I lived in a very creative environment when I was a kid. All my life.

  • My parents always told me that if you want something, you can do whatever you have to do to get it. As long as it's not against someone else.

  • 'Particularly' is particularly difficult because the 'L' and the 'R' are totally different, like totally different letters. I would spend hours in front of the mirror with my dialect coach to observe my tongue. You don't think, when you speak, about all the things that happen in your jaw and your mouth, how everything reacts, so you have to watch all those things and realise we have a totally different use of our tongue and jaws.

  • Sometimes you don't need to explain how you care and love someone so much, but I really love him as a person and as a director. I wanted to be perfect for him [Michael Mann]. I wanted to give the best of my best of my best. I don't know if I did, but I was touched by him. He's totally inspirational.

  • The first thing I have to do to erase my French accent is think that it is actually possible, whereas for the moment, I think it's not. I have a lot of work.

  • The first thing, the main thing, about how I work is I need to understand the character.

  • Usually when I start to work and to prepare the movie, some inspirations, different kind of human beings, it can be someone I know, someone I don't, a girl, a boy. So usually when I start, quite right away, some inspirations come.

  • We lost this animal instinct that we used to have. We use a very low percentage of our instinct.

  • You cannot escape what you have to deal with inside yourself. It will never bring good things. It will only bring madness.

  • You have to invest if you want to restore balance to the world.

  • I don't think that I'm that sophisticated. Maybe I'm not aware of it, I don't know.