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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - with Nathalie Baye

Af­ter a movie ca­reer last­ing nearly 40 years Nathalie Baye can af­ford to choose her projects. Andrew Fen­ton asked the French film star about work­ing with Au­drey Tautou in their new film, the lively ro­man­tic com­edy Beau­ti­ful Lies, and how she keeps her pas­sion for acting.

Q. Beau­ti­ful Lies di­rec­tor Pierre Sal­vadori ( Price­less ) wrote the part of a mother who falls in love with the same man as her daugh­ter specif­i­cally for you, right?

A. I’ve al­ways loved his work so when he called me and said he was think­ing of writ­ing a char­ac­ter for me I was very happy. He told me the pitch but I didn’t ask him any more ques­tions be­cause I love the sur­prise, you know. Q. You also worked with Au­drey Tautou who plays your daugh­ter ( both pic­tured) on Tautou’s 1999 fea­ture film de­but Venus

Beauty In­sti­tute , didn’t you?

A. I was very im­pressed when I met her the first time. Twelve years later and she’s done a lot of suc­cess­ful things but she’s still the same girl. She’s very clever. She knows what she wants to do and what she doesn’t want to do and she’s very funny. Q. Now 63, you have ap­peared in more than 70 films since your break­through role as the script girl in the 1973 clas­sic Day for

Night by leg­endary di­rec­tor Fran­cois Truf­faut. Is that cor­rect?

A. Truf­faut said: cin­ema is an im­prove­ment on life ‘‘ be­cause [ in films] when you want to open a bot­tle it al­ways opens eas­ily and when you try to open a door, it al­ways opens the right way’’. Ev­ery­thing is OK. I said to him: ‘‘ No, no life is great too!’’ We had a very big dif­fer­ence about that. Q. You say you keep your pas­sion for acting alive by choos­ing the right projects, is that true?

A. It’s im­por­tant as an ac­tor to main­tain your de­sire [ for the work] be­cause if you do films just be­cause you have noth­ing to do, or be­cause you want money or for other bad rea­sons, I think the de­sire – like in a love af­fair – goes away.

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