On her role in Fathers and Daughters: “I play the wife of this wealthy Lebanese businessman who hires a soldier back from Iraq to be a bodyguard for the weekend. And…shit happens.”
On her start in modeling: “I never thought it was anything that I would be able to do — I’m 5’7”, which isn’t very tall for a model. A lot of casting directors that I went to would say, ‘Why are you not an actress? You’re so short.’”
On becoming interested in acting: “Growing up my favorite actress was Romy Schneider. She moved to France to make a movie and fell in love with Alain Delon and made amazing films in French. I thought if the French liked her as a German then maybe they would like me.”
On Karl Lagerfeld: “I met Karl when I was sixteen and, as you can imagine, I was very intimidated. But he was just very kind, encouraging, and funny. Since I’ve become an actress we’re collaborating more and we’re neighbors in Paris. His studio is literally next door and I drop by when he’s working all night. It’s always nice to talk to another cat lady. Karl politely tells me Hobbes [her cat] is cute, even though he’s probably appalled at how tubby he is. ”
On doing her own makeup: “I was always surrounded by great makeup artists when I was modeling and learned a lot from them. I try to not overdo it and let the dress do all the talking. I’m really not into contouring and heavy foundation, but I have a pretty thick brow naturally and find that it gives me a lot of character.”
Who or what do you prefer to wake up next to?
My lover. And my cat is there whether I like it or not. Every morning, 6:30.
Never-fail beauty product:
I like the dry shampoo or the texturizing spray by Oribe.
Thai massages, and Pho — especially when I’m hung over.
What would you be in an alternate life?
I think I’d love to be a scientist, and if I’m not smart enough, then maybe Peter Pan.
What’s the last dream you had?
The last dream I had was unfortunately a nightmare. It was probably in English — I dreamt my teeth kept falling out. I woke up totally disoriented.
What do you think of when you think of red lipstick?
Usually Paris. It’s something I often wear there during the day.
I think it would have to be a mix between Audrey Hepburn and Courtney Love.
Who’s a woman that you’d like to steal a feature from?
I’d love to have Cate Blanchett’s voice. It’s so haunting. I watched the Carol trailer and her voice in that…I just love her, she’s great.
Magnolia, Les Choses de la Vie, which has Romy Schneider in it, and Dirty Dancing.
Perrine Rougemont! She’s French, and she’s been doing my hair on photo shoots since I was sixteen. I’m really picky with hair, and have terrible hair, and she really knows how to do it and she’s also a really, really nice person. I just can’t stand having a weird energy when I’m already sort of stressed out to go on the red carpet. I feel very safe with her.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
“Don’t be scared to be scared.” A veteran actress said it to me on my first job as an actress. I was scared and froze and I was mortified. It made no sense then, but I understand it now and it’s true.
Who would you like to have paint your portrait?
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