Last week we got to celebrate the French goddess/actress Marion Cotillard by checking out her three magazine covers for next month. Vogue, French Vogue, and Marie Claire UK all made an excellent choice by putting her unforgettable visage on their front covers. Now Vogue has released the other photos from her shoot, along with some excerpts from the interview. Find out why The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan is calling her “Superwoman.”
Marion Cotillard for Vogue
She’s a bohemian activist and an Academy Award-winning actress; she’s a muse to Christian Dior and mom to one-year-old Marcel; she’s the indie reine of French cinema with Hollywood under her spell; and this month, she appears on the cover of Vogue’s Age Issue. The many sides of Marion Cotillard converge in Peter Lindbergh’s photographs and Tom Shone’s profile, which together portray the irresistibly glamorous 36-year-old at a particularly transformative time in her life. Sure, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her extraordinary performance as one of the most extraordinary performers—Édith Piaf—of the last century. And sure, she’s had parts custom made to put her striking talents to the test, from La Vie En Rose to her upcoming blockbuster star turn in this month’s The Dark Knight Rises. Cotillard, however, happens to be rounding out a year in which she not only learned to speak Polish (for James Gray’s still-untitled movie) and swim without the use of her legs (for Jacques Audiard’s upcoming Rust and Bone), but one in which she gave birth to her son (with French actor-director boyfriend Guillaume Canet) and was back on set almost immediately, to play the eco-businesswoman who lures a grieving Batman out of his Batcave. “She’s Superwoman,” says director Christopher Nolan, who was so intent on Cotillard costarring in his film that he adjusted his $250 million production schedule around her delivery hospital dates.
But there are multiple dimensions to every superheroine, as our cover story reveals. The daughter of an actress and a mime, growing up in suburban Paris, a young and incredibly shy Cotillard memorized American movies—from Singin’ in the Rain to Poltergeist—immersive habits that have stuck (“I was in a very, very special state the whole shoot and even after,” she says of playing Piaf). These days, whether chasing Marcel through Central Park, dodging the French press with Canet (her “Gallic Brangelina” other half), or seeing her own dark masked face rise on billboards in Times Square, Marion Cotillard has to confess: “I’ve never been more exhausted. But I’ve never had more energy. This is the paradox of being happy. That’s where it comes from.”
The full interview hits newsstands July 24.
There are close to a gazillion reasons to be excited about this Friday’s premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and this woman is one of them! The fact that Nolan was willing to work his shooting schedule around her baby-making schedule only confirms what I’ve known for some years about Marion Cotillard– she makes life (and movies) better. And black Alexander McQueen dresses were invented for her alone.
This is the moment I first fell in lurve with Marion… and it’s also how she met her baby’s poppa. Guillaume Canet directed and starred alongside her in Love Me If You Dare. Oh, try to ignore the American announcer’s melodramatics; he kinda takes the sexy out of it all, lol.