“Even if it is occasionally hard, I like looking people in the face and defending my true perceptions of the world around me. I’m trying to belong to myself; for everything else constantly betrays me. Reality is not a dimension I often choose but truth is a whole other case. I think what counts is inner courage, and what matters, most of all, is a sense of being whoever you wish to be and having as less regrets as possible.”

Happy Birthday, Juliette Binoche! (March 9th, 1964)

Q&A with Juliette Binoche
  • Q:When were you happiest?
  • A:Now.
  • Q:What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
  • A:When I catch myself judging.
  • Q:What is your most treasured possession?
  • A:I don't 'possess' my trees, but I love my garden.
  • Q:What would your super power be?
  • A:Silence.
  • Q:What is your favourite smell?
  • A:Roses.
  • Q:What is your favourite word?
  • A:Reconciliation.
  • Q:What does love feel like?
  • A:The path.
  • Q:What was the best kiss of your life?
  • A:When you become one.
  • Q:What has been your biggest disappointment?
  • A:That I wasn't able to share my life with someone.
  • Q:If you could go back in time, where would you go?
  • A:There's no way back, I learned that very quickly, that's why the present is so important to me.
  • Q:How do you relax?
  • A:Closing my eyes.
  • Q:What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
  • A:To move forward while letting yourself be carried.
  • Q:Where would you most like to be right now?
  • A:There's no escape.

When a photographer asks me to do a picture without makeup, it touches me, because it reminds me of what I’m trying to reach in my acting.

To be bare makes you vulnerable, but also very strong, because truth is what we know we all have to face at a certain point in our lives. 

– Juliette Binoche, photographed by Brigitte Lacombe, October 2015