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I’ve never felt like a French actress.
– Isabelle Adjani
The soul preserves beauty.
It doesn’t need to be that violent and crazy and wild. Having experienced it, you don’t belong to yourself anymore. You belong to the passion… It’s something you have to go through to learn what passion is about.
Before, for me, peace could have been synonymous with boredom.
I have no fear of being less beautiful, I’ve always been afraid of not being beautiful.
I like films that rest in the memory, so I try and choose parts which have some kind of social or emotional force.
I find the heated political debate over the burkini both ridiculous and dangerous.
I’m a very secretive person. That’s how I grew up. My father was very secretive.
I’m in an agreeable state: busy, enthusiastic, curious.
One believes that if nothing happens, one disappears. That is not true.
One can be emptied out and be filled up.
I’ve learned that to expose yourself, to reveal yourself is a test of your humanness.
Simply, the majority of the most interesting filmmakers are the ones confronted with difficult situations. Their creativity blows a hole in the wall and lets in the light.
My limits will be better marked. Both the limits I will set, and my own limits.
To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs, is easier when you don’t have to justify yourself to anyone, when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention.
Nothingness not being nothing, nothingness being emptiness.
The newspapers were saying, ‘You have AIDS.’ They actually said I was dead. I just threw myself into my work when the whispering campaign turned really ugly.
I believe that when you work on yourself, you are attracted by different, more positive beings.
I talked about the persecution of Algerians and told about racism in my childhood. And it was as if, after that, I wasn’t French anymore.
To change, that is the most difficult thing to accomplish.
American hypocrisy consists of thinking that everything is serious; French hypocrisy is to think that nothing is serious.
One is never ready for success. It consecrates and looses you at the same time.
I take risks, but I don’t lose respect for my real self. Because what’s going to happen afterwards? How are you going to get back? Is there going to be a train, or will it be after midnight and you can’t go home again?
I’m a public figure. It’s up to me to take the initiative to explain things. It’s my responsibility.
People tell me I’m doing all these intense women and that I should lighten up. Then I do a comedy that I’m not happy with, and I think, ‘Let’s go back to heavy, heart-breaking drama; it’s so much more fun.’
For me, being an actress is not just a profession but a profession of faith.
There are people who never experience that, who remain closed until death, from fear of change.
If I don’t work very often, it’s because what I read is written for formidable actresses, but actresses who make a habit of playing with their cup half full.
I do not want to work to correspond to an image.
I think that we all carry the divine within us.