Day: July 1, 2009

Fantastic Voyage

from InStyle (US) / by Julia Kelly

A stunning actress, a striking Morokkan landscape and six remarkable dresses. Marion Cotillard gives new meaning o desert bloom

It’s impossible to imagine the luminous Marion Cotillard blending quietly into the background – after all, the shimmering, mermaid-inspired Gaultier that she wore to the 2008 Academy Awards made an impression as immediate and indelible as the career-changing performance that got her there. But the 33-year-old star, who earned her best actress Oscar by embodying Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, insists that there was a time when she hesitated to dress to impress. “I was afraid to look pretty when I was younger,” she says. “I thought that it was superficial. But now I know that feeling beautiful makes me more confident and that it’s a good thing. I can finally appreciate dressing up.” Cotillard cites both Greta Garbo and Louise Brooks as her style icons – she loves “looks from the ’20s and ’30s reinvented for our time.” It’s a period she visits in Public Enemies as the love interest of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger, played by Johnny Depp. And this fall she’ll appear alongside Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren in Nine. “I get to sing and dance,” she reports. For a girl who grew up watching American musicals, the part is a dream come true. “This,” she says, “was all I wanted.”

White Heat

“Now that I work with Dior, I’ve learned how [John] Galliano uses fabric,” says the actress, who fronted the fashion house’s most recent acessory campaign. “He cuts it in a way that makes the pieces very special.”

Screen Queen

“This dress is very cinematic. I would wear it on the red carpet, or I could see myself in it while playing a femme fatale.”

Before Sunset

“I used to have a lot of fabric from Indian shops,” recalls Cotillard. “It was always pink and gold – I love those two colors together.”

French Connection

“This dress reminds me of the story about Pierrot. He is a sad clown wit big sleeves, a big collar and ruffles with black buttons,” says the Parisian actress. “It’s very French!”

Rainbow Bright

“I don’t know that I’m a fashion risk taker, but I love to be surprised by something that I didn’t think would work for me.”

Silver Lining

“I love beautiful things, and I see these dresses as a kind of painting.”

On Location

InStyle followed Cotillard to the Moroccan set of The Last Flight – a French film about two aviators. Our crew took a seven-hour flight and a five-hour car ride to reach her, but as these pages prove, it was more than worth it.

'Public Enemies' in theatres today!

Finally! ‘Public Enemies‘ can be seen in US theatres as of today! Be sure to head out and watch Marion’s first movie since ‘La Vie en Rose‘ (2007). The movie will open in the UK July 3, in France July 8, in Australia July 30, and in Germany August 6 (see more dates).

Check out the many features on the movie’s official site! And read some new interviews:

Stormy role’s French twist, Journal Sentinel, June 27
Marion Cotillard is ready for her close-ups,, June 30

Next, Marion Cotillard’s scheduled to promote ‘Public Enemies‘ in her home country France. First, she’ll attend the movie’s premiere in Paris tomororrow.

On Friday she’s the star guest of Radio RTL. In the morning (9.00-9.30 am) she’ll be interviewed during a programm called Laissez-vous tenter and in the afternoon she’ll participate in the programme La tête dans les étoiles together with Laurent Boyer. And in the evening there will be a screening of the movie in Lyon.

As previously announced, there’ll be a TV interview titled Marion Cotillard, la rencontre (20 minutes) airing on Canal+, Sunday 11.55 am.

I’m in and out of town this and next week but I’ll try to update the site as much as possible.

America's Most Wanted

from GQ (US) / by Mark Healy

How Marion Cotillard went from a subtitled French bio-pic about Edith Piaf to starring as Johnny Depp’s moll in ‘Public Enemies’

One way to gauge the seriousness of any newly minted star is to watch what he or she does with all the attention. Two days after accepting an Oscar for her shape-shifting turn as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose—and delivering a speech so adorably gracious it could bump Sally Field from the official Oscar highlight reel—Marion Cotillard ditched the warm glow of Hollywood for a snowbound place where no one cared: a Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, to research her role as John Dillinger’s girl in this month’s gangster bio Public Enemies. The 33-year-old never asked the tribeswomen if they’d seen the Oscars or La Vie en Rose, in which Cotillard conjures Piaf’s fragility and ferocity so unnervingly, even regular Joes were drawn to the subtitled film. She brings the same nuance and energy to Billie Frechette, who was part Menominee, part French, and 100 percent aware of the company she kept. “She knew exactly what she was involved in,” Cotillard says of Frechette, who was married to a convicted robber when she took up with gentleman gangster Dillinger, “but what can you do against love?”

Marion Cotillard is Billie Frechette

from Empire (UK) / by Philip Wilding

Marion Cotillard hadn’t even seen the Hollywood sign up close until she’d finished shooting the role that would go on to win her an Oscar, Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

“We ended filming in LA and that was the first time I’d been there,” says the actress whose credits include A Very Long Engagement and Ridley Scott’s A Good Year. Though it wasn’t until she’d scooped a slew of awards as the doomed diva that Hollywood came calling.

“I was out in California talking to directors and I met Mann. It was huge for me, I admire his films so much,” says Cotillard, calling from New York.

“i knew nothing about Dillinger, didn’t even recognise his name, but Mann is so passionate. May character’s (Billie Frechette, Dillinger’s great love) mother was a Menominee Indian so he took me up to Green Bay to meet the tribe. With someone real like Billie, you see the pictures, you read the things they said, the construction’s already done, but you have to remodel the house and make it yours.”

She’s equally as effusive about her co-star, Johnny Depp, as she is about her director: “He really cared about Dillinger – I think he loves him a little, you could feel that.”

With Broadway adaptation Nine already in the can (“I got two songs to sing!”), sweeping Sahara drama The Last Flight Of The Lancaster is set to wrap days before she’s due to start filming Christopher Nolan’s elusive sci-fi drama, Inception.

“He’s a genius,” she says warmly. “He’s so rich inside, he has so many things to say and tell.”