Covergirl: Marion Cotillard
Styling by Elizabeth Sulcer
Hair: Robert Vetica |Magnet NY|
Makeup: Pati Dubroff |The Wall Group|
Prop stylist: Shawn Patrick |ShawnPProductions.com|
Stylist’s assistants: Megan Freilich and Naomi Rougeau
Retouching: Dippin Sauce
Location: Tribeca Skyline Studios.
Photography by Mark Squires
Marion Cotillard is having a New York moment. The new face of French cinema, who took home a treasure trove of gold statues from far-flung corners of the world for her memory-searing role as Edith Piaf in 2007’s La Vie en Rose, is slathering cream cheese on half a bagel as she readies for our daylong cover shoot. So much for the spread of organic salads, fresh vegetables and hot water with lemon she’d requested. More images and interview under the cut:
BLACKBOOK: My heart is still beating very fast. I just came from a screening of Public Enemies.
MARION COTILLARD: You liked it? I saw it yesterday… I’m very happy.
I found myself really rooting for John Dillinger and for your character.
What appealed to you about playing Billie Frechette?
She’s a real product of this really tough period in American history. Out of the Depression came all of these people who struggled to live. Billie had no money, and she came from an Indian tribe, which, at the time, was not easy. By the time she came to Chicago and met Dillinger, she had already lived several lives—she had been to military boarding school, to learn military manners, to “get the Indian out.” She’s a mix of someone really sweet and tough.
How familiar were you with this period in American history, when gangsters were writ large in the culture?
I loved gangsters when I started watching movies—I love the idea of freedom, perfect freedom, which I will never reach. Those characters who expressed their dark side fascinated me. It can be totally scary, because it drives you to do things that are unacceptable. But I think that kind of confidence is attractive. That is what’s great about my job—I can express and feel these things, because they’re real. Well, 90 percent real.
It could have just been a decorative role—“the girlfriend”—but you brought a real sense of integrity to her.
In Michael Mann’s movies, women aren’t just there because he needs a love interest. In the movie, you feel for Billie, because you have the time to discover who she is, to see that she was really in love.
Read the rest of the interview and full article HERE at BlackBook
*Photo credit / Source: BlackBook