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OHLA: From 1998 onwards you're ambassador of L'Oreal and because of that you go regularly to the festival at
Cannes. From one year to the other, is it really different?
LC: Yes, every year is different, yet it's always a genuine
pleasure. I like going there cause it's surely the rendezvous of the cinema. One makes certain meetings
there. The festival stays a place of dream, with all the magic that surrounds
it. This year, I didn't have a film presented in the official selection, thus it was less burdening.
OHLA: Has the woman that you are evolved one year after?
LC: I hope so! I had some meetings, I have enriched
myself. My priorities have changed, but I'm always myself with the same vertebral
cord, the same roots. On the line of years, I have the feeling that the more I get
old, the more I feel well.
OHLA: Which are your dreams at the present time?
LC: I'm not planning really. I'm neither calculator nor
career-woman I trust luck and the meetings. I believe in the signs of destiny,
because there are many into my life. The people have the tendency to stick stripes on your
shoulders, some labels: model or actress. On my part, I don't have the feeling to be the one or the
other; I'm simply myself.
OHLA: What is that devastates you the most? A bad film, a failed photographic session or the cries of a child?
LC: Without contest, a child's cries. When it happens to pass from a building from which child's cries come
out, I always imagine the worse. I can't help myself, this touches me deeply.
OHLA: Where are you living most of the time now? Paris, London or New York?
LC: I share my time mainly between NY and Paris
now, but above all I stay Corsican.
OHLA: What was the last film that you've seen at the cinema?
LC: It's the film "Speak with her" by Pedro
Almodovar. I was deeply moved; during three days I had a lot of pain to recuperate
from. I found the actresses formidable.
OHLA: Would you like to film with him?
LC: Who wouldn't love to film with
Almodovar! But I wonder in what state i would have to be if I played that woman in
coma! Anyway, I'm not assuming that i could be one of his actresses. I have never imagined myself after all in the place of this or that
actress. That doesn't correspond to me. My cinematographic choices have been the fruit of
meetings. When I was chosen for "Asterix & Obelix" in 1998, I knew very well what I was taken for and it was a very sympathetic
experience. I went after all to see the sequel of the movie ("...Mission Cleopatra") when it came out on the screens and laughed a
lot. And if sometime a third "Asterix" came to see the day I wouldn't be opposed at the idea of playing in
it, but all depends on the story and I've done and I've known how to draw lessons from every
experience. Today I study several projects and soon I'm going to film with Damien
Odoul, the director of "Le Souffle".
OHLA: What are you thinking about the American cinema and of big-budget films like "Star Wars Episode
II"? And at the same time about the French cinema?
LC: I haven't done it yet, but I'll go and watch "Star
Wars". I believe that once a film has a depth, certain trips, it's
interesting. As for the French cinema, I have the feeling that the French producers can't express themselves completely.
OHLA: We were able to see you manifesting
recently, before the second round of the presidential elections in France, on the streets of
LC: I found important to react. We do professions where we ought to accept to expose
ourselves, sometimes even put ourselves in danger. We give ourselves totally. We accept to put ourselves in
danger, to be sensitized. It's our role. Our generation has to mobilize themselves so as to
vote. The older I get, the more politics interest me. I have the feeling that in France they're manipulating
us, we always see the same. We don't really have the choice. We have the need for
youth, new faces, of renovation.