Best known for her Oscar-winning role in the Edith Piaf biography "La Vie en Rose," Marion Cotillard returns to the big screen this month with a starring role in the Christopher Nolan thriller "Inception."
Though she refuses to divulge even an iota of information about the futuristic film, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page, in her interview with Vogue, Cotillard does offer up a look at her wonderfully French bohemian world -- from a trip to the recording studio, to a homemade lunch in her own apartment, to a birthday party for her boyfriend ... all achieved with zero stress, and in flawless fashion, of course.
Revealing her passion for music and the Italian artist Modigliani, Cotillard shares that in addition to acting, she's also an accomplished musician who performs in the Expressionist-Surrealist band Yodelice. "I play the bass guitar, keyboard, and tambourine -- I'm their one-woman band and all-purpose maid," she jokes, explaining that when on tour, she likes to go incognito. "It's pretty refreshing to be in a situation where the spotlight is on someone else."
But Cotillard is the one who put herself in the spotlight thanks to her winning performances on the silver screen, which she creates due to the amazing ability she has to immerse herself in every role she takes on. "You paint your character with colors you have taken from everywhere," notes the actress. For example, she spent four months learning to dance for Luisa in "Nine," and lived on the Menominee reservation to research her character Billie Frechette in the Johnny Depp film "Public Enemies." However, her dedication to her craft also leaves her with remnants of those same, sometimes tortured souls clinging to her after the film is done.
She recounts that when "La Vie en Rose" wrapped, she couldn't shake Piaf. Her hairline and her eyebrows were still shaved. She took a trip with her boyfriend Guillaume Canet to Peru and the Amazon, and a beach vacation to Bora Bora with her best friend, Geraldine, before she managed to say goodbye to Piaf. "It was there that I found myself articulating why Piaf was still living inside me," says Cotillard, adding, "She had been abandoned as a child; her greatest fear was to be alone. Now I didn't want to abandon her. I finally was able to say, 'She's been dead for 40 years; it's OK.'"