It’s always been you. Since first we met so many years ago. I knew the first moment. Across a crowded room. A lawn, in fact. Doesn’t matter. Nothing either of us can do on this one. Such is life. Friends isn’t bad, you know. Friends is quite something.
I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, ‘Is this a world you want to live in?’ They would say, 'No.’…
‘For me feminism is just fucking obvious. It is not an ideological or a political thing. We’re half the population. I don’t even see it as a cause: it’s just fucking obvious!’
Even though the focus [of the film] is on a very focused and precise period of French history, it’s had its repercussions over the years, and this film talks about how history remains in our collective bloodstreams for a very, very long time. That’s why it’s important to keep talking about these things.
So, does Kristin Scott Thomas find her beauty a burden?
Let’s get this into proportion, I’m not Miss World. And I’ve never really felt… Oh, God. It’s such a dangerous subject, you end up sounding… People have told me, but I’ve always thought they must be mad.
I really hope that it comes across. You do worry. It’s this thing again: female, in her thirties, single… But what I wanted to get across was that she’s not unhappy. What’s great about it is she isn’t looking for a partner, she isn’t desperate to meet somebody. She loves what she does and she’s passionate about it.’[x]
Even in my twenties, I was being asked to play these really worldly 30-year-old women. So as a young actress I was given sophisticated, complicated and wise roles, and I have no idea why on earth people saw me as this elegant seductress. I’m not at all like that really. Maybe it was the cheekbones or something.