from USA Today / by Donna Freydkin
Mere weeks after giving birth to son Marcel last May, Marion Cotillard shot a Dior ad — and proved that biology and enviable genes do trump all. She seemed to have dropped any pregnancy pounds literally overnight.
“I lost a lot of weight right away. It sounds really good but it was really violent on my body. It happened in six days. I lost almost everything. I was happy but on the other hand, it was really violent,” confirms Cotillard. “I didn’t do a special diet. It just happened. My mum was the same. She was skinnier after the baby than before.”
Cotillard is devoted to her son and his dad and her longtime partner, director/actor Guillaume Canet.
And yes, even celebrity moms deal with the onset of the terrible twos and other trials and tribulations of raising a kid. “Sometimes it’s insane but it’s surrounded by love so it’s kind of easy, even though it’s tiring,” she says.
In Rust and Bone, she plays a double amputee who loses her legs in a freak accident. So we had to ask her: How do you play a character like that and not take her home with you?
“Because when I stop working, I’m not just with myself. People need me. It’s a good thing. But still on set, I hope I was 100 percent with the story and my character and the director and the actors. I don’t know exactly how to explain it,” says Cotillard. “I just couldn’t take care of only me. You do what you have to do.”