Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

French Actress Still Insecure despite Oscar; Tinseltown Keeps Cotillard on Edge

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

French Actress Still Insecure despite Oscar; Tinseltown Keeps Cotillard on Edge

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OSCAR-winning Marion Cotillard is on a winning streak in Hollywood, one of few French stars to make it in tinseltown, but still talks of "insecurity" and "anxiety" on the job.

"The public talks about stars," she told AFP in an interview. "But when you're working, you're simply someone who's working, working with passion and sometimes with anxiety."

A national pride since scooping an Oscar as tragic Edith Piaf in biopic La Vie En Rose, the 34-year-old star is again in the spotlight at home ahead of the March 3 release in France of Nine.

The star-studded musical about an Italian film director Co played by Daniel Day-Lewis and inspired by Federico Fellini Co includes not only Cotillard but Penelope Cruz, Australia's Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren.

Cotillard followed in Loren's footsteps in 2008 when she became only the second woman to win the best actress Oscar for a non-English-speaking performance.

Quiet and softly spoken, pausing to reflect before replying to questions, Cotillard says the two months learning the song and dance routines and shooting Nine were good times, overall.

"Having to sing and dance, which isn't customary, created a very strong bond because we shared the same anxiety and the same enthusiasm," she said.

"They're all wonderful people, simple women, easy to connect to, and with a lot of love for women," she added of her co-stars. "There was a real sense of supporting each other, and very quickly there was a feeling we were all one big family."

The plot of the movie, about a director in a personal tailspin suffering from a creative block, was all too familiar territory, she said.

"I know from experience that when you're working you can be very egocentric. When I'm working on a character I'm in a bubble," she said. …

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