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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg is a British-French actress and singer. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French musician Serge Gainsbourg. After making her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" at the age of 12, she released an album with her father at the age of 15. More than 20 years passed before Gainsbourg released albums as an adult to commercial and critical success. She has also appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received a CΓ©sar Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.

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Wanting to do it was much more powerful than the fright.
I found it very difficult to explain to someone why you did a film. It's not like having a conversation.
When you love someone, you don't want them to suffer at all. β€” Β© Charlotte Gainsbourg
When you love someone, you don't want them to suffer at all.
I'm desperate to work again. I've often had those periods, but two years was the longest.
It's nice that we have all these different films.
The more sincere I could be, the better it would be for the film.
There were always questions about my parents; I got so fed up with that.
Everyone gets the feeling that they know you and they know your life, and I felt really embarrassed by that.
I was putting all those pressures on myself.
The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French.
I wasn't getting the responses I hoped for. You can't protect yourself from other judgments.
Letting go of things and not being afraid of being ridiculous or over the top - I think that's the main thing for me to work on.
It's more than a job. It's very personal, so when you're hurt, you're really hurt inside. β€” Β© Charlotte Gainsbourg
It's more than a job. It's very personal, so when you're hurt, you're really hurt inside.
I couldn't do anything else, I enjoy it so much. But I find it tough.
I went on television and I wouldn't say a word; I feel so stupid when I watch them again.
I hope I'll consider my next part, having learnt from this one.
I thought people would ask me really personal questions because I've shown more of myself, but it's a comedy, and people understand that it's a game we play.
The more you turn down things, the more difficult it becomes to feel that the next one will be right.
I hated seeing myself on screen. I was full of complexes. I hated my face for a very, very long time.
I still find it hard to push my own limits. I know where my limits are and that I always have to push myself.
I used to hate being recognised.
Girls can wear jeans, cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, 'cause it's okay to be a boy, but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading.
The character is close to me, except that I haven't lived through those situations, so it's not completely me.
I'm a very shy person towards my intimacy and private life.
In France, you're with the crew, and you have lunch with them. It's more like a family.
You think that being a girl is degrading, but secretly, you'd love to know what it's like, wouldn't you?
At the beginning it wasn't to do with the work, it was more the experience.
You don't even need the director's judgement. It's too much.
When you fight against your own weaknesses, there's something embarrassing about it.
I don't want to feel that I'm a singer or an actress - being able to say that those are just experiences is what I enjoy.
I don't feel that I've accomplished anything. I feel that it'll be better when I won't care as much, but it's so difficult to let go and accept all the wrong notes.
Maybe, in the back of my head, I'm thinking I have to do as much as I can. It'll stop.
I don't feel I have to share everything.
I came to understand that people come and see you because they like you. They don't come to throw things at you.
It was very liberating to be able to sing in English. It had a different resonance, different images. It was like being a stranger in a foreign land, which was helpful.
I was very well paid for my age, and I could make choices, decide not to do a film for six months and wait until I'd get the right thing. Which made me quite a coward.
My father loved me and he wanted to work with me and he didn't care what people would say.
I'd love to be able to write again, but I'm so repetitive. And it was all about fear. Never positive. Just indulgent about my sadness. β€” Β© Charlotte Gainsbourg
I'd love to be able to write again, but I'm so repetitive. And it was all about fear. Never positive. Just indulgent about my sadness.
The problem with me in doing things simply is that I feel I'm not enough. It's all very embarrassing.
I didn't want to change my personality onstage, but I still had to build some kind of ego to be able to go up there. If not, there's no point.
I think I developed a very closed personality. I didn't really have friends. I changed schools every year.
I think it's a legend that Lars von Trier is such a tough person to work with. I really didn't experience any of that. Of course, he's difficult in the sense that what he asks for is difficult. For my part in Antichrist, I suffered a bit. But it was the part - it wasn't him. He wasn't cruel. On the contrary, he was very kind. You know what you're up for when you read the pitch.
I don't have a career plan. I've never done that. Things happen accidentally and I've been lucky.
Even moving around onstage seemed very artificial. But at the same time you have to make that effort in order to get back to who you are and even accept not moving, if that's who you are.
I like to play roles different from myself so I can hide behind them.
I hope one day I will be able to be completely myself. Maybe I'll be wilder.
I wish I could just accept that I'm not that good and not be shy about the fact that I'm not that professional.
Before I started touring, I worked with someone to help me, even physically, because I was so shy. And you can't be shy going onstage. So I had to push myself in a direction that wasn't myself.
I thought people wouldn't take me seriously if too much acting was involved in the singing. But now I love the idea of mixing everything together. β€” Β© Charlotte Gainsbourg
I thought people wouldn't take me seriously if too much acting was involved in the singing. But now I love the idea of mixing everything together.
I was very attached to my family when my father died. I was 19. I was about to go live with my father right when he died, so it was very intense.
It rarely happens that I get to work again with the same director. I had such a wonderful time on Antichrist with Lars von Trier, that I was going to do whatever he proposed me to do. When he sent me the script of Christmas, I just loved it. I think I love anything he writes.
I was really nervous about people booing, because my mother had gone for a film 20 years earlier and had a terrible time with people booing, whistling, so I knew that in Cannes people can get aggressive.
Style for me is a casual way of putting something on. It's not thought out but needs to suit your way of life. Now I like wearing the same sweater over and over again, then taking it off when it's smelly.
Each time I changed, it was as if, on purpose, I didn’t want anyone to know too much about me, which of course now I regret, because I closed myself to everything. But it was my way of dealing with things.
You don't accept your weaknesses the same way that you love the weaknesses of another artist, because when they make mistakes they don't look like weaknesses.
I felt that people would criticize everything. I was so scared about playing Paris. I was very much aware that the greatest concerts my father and mother had done were there. I was sure people would be very tough.
I love being a beginner. It can be a terrible feeling because you're ashamed of everything you do, but it's so exciting at the same time.
There's always this thing of wanting to be elsewhere.
I was so lucky because I started working very young. And my father was very wealthy and I didn't need to work. I did my films. I was very well paid for my age, and I could make choices, decide not to do a film for six months and wait until I'd get the right thing. Which made me quite a coward, you know. It's so easy to say no to stuff, and then, after a while, it's very hard to go back in.
I can't do things by myself. I need a motivation, and the motivation is always the director's. I find my freedom inside other people's barriers. It's easier for me to find myself inside someone else's tracks.
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