Diane Kruger covers Marie Claire: ‘When I turned 30 I realized I was an idiot’

Diane Kruger covers the August issue of Marie Claire, and while the photoshoot it really pretty (Diane is usually a great model), it also feels really derivative, and like something we’ve seen so many times before. In particular, that black & white photo of Diane in the Pier 1 basket-weave chair is something I’ve seen in tons of photoshoots.

I haven’t talked about Diane in a while, which is weird because I really do enjoy her and of course I enjoy Joshua Jackson. Several weeks ago, the tabloids (mainly Life & Style and Us Weekly) ran some stories about Josh and Diane maybe getting engaged – apparently, Josh was spotted at Neil Lane looking at diamond rings. If it happens, it happens, but Diane has always made it pretty clear that she doesn’t really care if she ever gets married again. But if Joshua got on bended knee with a (reportedly) “$80,000 3.5-carat emerald-cut platinum engagement ring,” wouldn’t you say yes? Anyway, in the Marie Claire interview, Diane talks about Josh, of course, and she also discusses how she really believes in therapy:

They’ve been together for seven years and appear to be more in love than ever. And now Diane Kruger has opened up about the secrets behind her and Joshua Jackson’s happiness, admitting that regular therapy sessions help them stay on track.

The 36-year-old German-born actress said of her romance with Fringe star Joshua: ‘All relationships are hard. It doesn’t matter what job you have, or how famous or miserable or poor you are. It’s about commitment. I’m grateful that I met a person who feels the same about me, but also about our relationship. But therapy helps too.’

And Diane doesn’t just have relationship therapy, but believes regular sessions with a counselor can help you stay on track in every aspect of life.

She said: ‘It’s funny, in Paris people don’t talk about it. But here everyone talks about it, and I really like that about America. Therapy’s not about getting help; it’s facilitating yourself to deal better with life in general.’

Diane, who was recently named the new face of Chanel skincare, also opened up about her 15-year friendship with the brand’s boss Karl Lagerfeld.

She said: ‘I’ll be coming home from the local butcher in my sweatpants, just walking up the street when a gold Hummer will come round the corner. And the tinted window will come down slowly and it’s Karl saying, “Hello, Diane! What’s for dinner?” It’s so surreal, I love it!’

But while Diane has already had a long and lucrative film career with roles in movies such as National Treasure and Inglorious Basterds, as well as national campaigns, a style icon status and happy relationship, the actress said that turning 30 put things into a whole new perspective for her.

She said: ‘Honestly, for a long time I felt that I was so accomplished. “Oh, I speak three languages, I travel the world, I’ve seen so many things.” But when I turned 30 I realised I was an idiot. I didn’t know s**t about anything.’

[From The Mail]

Wait, Karl Lagerfeld rolls around Paris in a GOLD HUMMER?!!? OMG. That’s the best part of this interview. Do you think Choupette loves taking rides in the gold hummer?! As for Diane… she sounds grounded and cool, like always. I like her personality. She seems “real”. Or as real as any major actress can sound. I really do hope that Diane and Josh have babies – if they want to get married too, that’s fine with me, but I hope babies are in their future.

Photos courtesy of Marie Claire.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

63 Responses to “Diane Kruger covers Marie Claire: ‘When I turned 30 I realized I was an idiot’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Bianca says:

    Ohhhh, she’s so beautiful. And from what I can gather from her interviews, I like her personality too.

    • Bubbles says:

      I just don’t see her beauty. I like her, but she’s rather plain. Definitely not Helen of Troy.
      And she’s a mediocre actress at best.

      • Bianca says:

        Well, I think she’s utterly gorgeous – but I agree with you that she was terribly miscast as Helen of Troy. She’s beautiful in a modern, glacial way…I don’t know what they were thinking.

      • emmie_a says:

        I sort of see what you see — Diane is a bit plain, but she’s a beautiful version of plain. And I think she has an amazing sense of fashion and an incredible body.

      • Raquel says:

        She has deep blue eyes that are enigmatic.

        And she’s painfully thin, which is the beauty standard of her industry.

        She’s not plain to me, but she is overhyped.

      • xxx says:

        Plain???? I think you people have lost the plot. I think if you saw her in person you’d be floored. Have our standards of beauty become so unreasonably high that you are really calling this woman plain??? Maybe for your particular taste she is not the most beautiful, but she is most definitely a beautiful woman.

        I do, however, agree that she was wrong for Helen of Troy. Especially when Saffron Burrows was also cast in that movie… How can anyone possibly outshine Saffron? But I think part of the point of Helen is that she wasn’t that beautiful, it was all just politics and power plays and the usual crap.

  2. brin says:

    I really like her too. She’s high fashion but low key…perfect combination! She and Josh make a nice couple.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I like her too. Do they live in Paris full time? Jealous!

  4. marie says:

    she always looks beautiful, such a fan. and yes if Joshua got on bended knee I’d accept in a second.

    I get what she’s saying about turning 30, I felt the same around that time. actually my problem year was 29.

  5. Micki says:

    Her relationship sounds more work than anything else. Regular therapy sesions?!
    How can this be “happy” ?

    I like her type beauty, reminds me of Marlene Dietrich. Apart from that I won’t go and say she has a spectacular film career and he’s more than average to solid TV actor.
    People find them cute, love they are together, probably from now on they’ll love the “hard work” behind

  6. Elle says:

    I love her and Josh together. She always looks great on the red carpet too! I love that even though she is more famous she never tried to upgrade to a more famous man *cough Blake Lively *cough.

  7. Tracy says:

    I get where you’re coming from on the derivative nature of the article. I’m a fan, and a lot of the quotes in the article have been used hundreds of times in past articles. The only new thing I see in the full article is about the couples therapy. I’m not sure if Marie Claire was just given the same old same old by Diane’s PR, or if Diane just has same canned responses for interviews.

    I’d love to hear some new stuff from her, it’s hard to read same article over and over lol.

    On the plus side, she looks gorgeous as usual!!

  8. lady mary. says:

    i cant even visualize a gold hummer ,and she gets askd by the man drivin it” whats 4 dinner’,huh ,life sucks,she gorgeous though

  9. c'est la vie says:

    I like her, she’s beautiful, down to earth, pleasant.

    The anti-Goop.

  10. allons-y alonso says:

    I love Diane Kruger! She seems grounded and lovely. Plus, we share a b’day!

  11. Dawn says:

    Love the two dresses she wearing! Other than that I don’t really have too much of an opinion about her.

  12. bns says:

    I wish Karl Lagerfeld would ask me what’s for dinner.

    Lovely photo shoot.

  13. Ellen says:

    I am now going to always picture Choupette riding in the Gold Hummer when she wants to take a vacation.

  14. She is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood and seems lovely. I loved her as Bridget von Hammersmark in “Inglorious Basterds”.

  15. seriously says:

    I really do hope that Diane and Josh have babies – if they want to get married too, that’s fine with me, but I hope babies are in their future.
    They already confirmed ( Josh on twitter and Diane through publicists) that they have no plans to get married. Not now and never ever, actually.

    Babies are in Josh´s future but not in Diane´s. Mark my words. Nothing as it seems.

  16. Chrissie says:

    Diane is flawless in my eyes – she is my ultimate girl crush. I would love to see her pregnant too – she would be so cute and have impeccable maternity style.

  17. We Miss You Enclave_24 says:

    How refreshingly honest of her to admit that being accomplished at 30 only means your accomplished. Life 101 is not offered at University.

  18. some bitch says:

    Gorgeous photoshoot. I really like her.

  19. heatheradair says:

    so, the awesome teased-up, Bardot/Barbarella hair looks AWESOME on her — and makes me think that SHE (rather than Nicole Kidman) *might* have been able to help save that “Paperboy” movie — Nicole is all wrong as vintage sex kitten. But Diane would have had potential…..she seems fun.

  20. Eleonor says:

    The most shocking part is: KARL LAGERFELD EATS ??? Real food???

  21. Brownkid says:

    This is sort of refreshing. On the set of NT2, she was a bitch to everyone, even going as far as only speaking French around the German crew. She behaved as though she were more famous and was entitled. It’s nice to see that she recognized this as bad behavior. Hopefully, she treats people with more respect.

  22. BooBooLaRue says:

    Well, now we’re in agreement. I think she’s an idiot.

  23. Maggie says:

    Great photos but I dont think she’s attractive otherwise. Pinched face!

  24. Hakura says:

    She said: ‘Honestly, for a long time I felt that I was so accomplished. “Oh, I speak three languages, I travel the world, I’ve seen so many things.” But when I turned 30 I realised I was an idiot.

    Oh no, knowing 3 languages & traveling the world are trifling experiences!

    This may not be what she meant, but I found it incredibly snotty & offensive. She’s had the privilege to do not 1, but many things that most people never get the chance to do their whole lives. Things that some people dream about doing, & making their life’s goal. (Do you have any idea what I would give to travel the world? It’s a thing I want most for my life).

    But it’s like she’s simply ‘waving off’ those experiences as ‘no big deal, really.’ It just comes across as the height of arrogance, & a lack of true understanding & gratitude for the privileged life she’s been so greatly blessed with.

    • Carol says:

      I had the same knee jerk reaction. Gwyneth would be slammed for remarks like that and for name dropping Karl!

    • Jen says:

      She described her encounter with Karl as “surreal”. I don’t think it was meant in an arrogant way. I grew up in Germany and I too speak three languages. It’s not uncommon over there. I am 31 and I can very much relate to how she feels. I am neither a model nor run into Lagerfeld running errands in his golden Hummer, but I know that while speaking a certain amount of languages and having visited foreign countries is a wonderful privilege, it doesn’t mean you have to stop there or you necessarily know much of anything about the world.

    • Elise says:

      I don’t think she was being snotty or dismissive of her experiences. It seems like she was basing her self-worth on the fact that she was multi-lingual and well-traveled among her other accomplishments. But once she hit 30, she realized she still had much to learn about the world and life in general. I actually think that’s a refreshingly humble thing for an actress to say. Most of them would never be so introspective and honest about their world views.

  25. mimi says:

    Yes, she is beautiful, but I never liked her to say the least.

    She doesn’t sound like a nice, kind or a good person. She seems at least to some degree a shallow person and certainly not a fun person to hang out with and I can’t see any redeeming factor about her.

    She seems a bit stuck up or self absorbed.

    Joshua seems sweet. I hope he knows what he is doing.

  26. Alyce says:

    I love her! She is my top style icon :)

  27. UsedToBeLulu says:

    “Therapy’s not about getting help; it’s facilitating yourself to deal better with life in general.”

    Yes. People need to remember this when they wish to cast aspersions on a relationship because the people involved entered therapy soon after marriage.

  28. Insane says:

    This woman sounds so stuck up and high and mighty. She’s not as beautiful as she obviously thinks she is. She seems so cold and boring, but she’s not above name dropping, she’ll do just about anything to make it in this industry.

  29. Dommy Dearest says:

    She’s beautiful. If anything Amber Heard is a poor man’s version of Diane.

  30. Jub-Jub says:

    I don’t think she’s attractive, although the cover shot is ok. She’s also a fur hag which really turns me off.

  31. Hannah says:

    Love her and love them.

    On a side note: I am very jealous of people who can afford therapy.

  32. Meggin says:

    She’s so boring; both appearance wise and personality. Plain and seems stuck up and snooty. Not at all attractive. I just don’t get the appeal!

  33. lettylynton says:

    This photoshoot gives me a Nicole Kidman vibe, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just I’d rather see a Diane Kruger vibe. Something more original to her. As for her comment on feeling like an idiot, I completely understand what she means. I felt that way during many ‘transition’ ages.

  34. Bella says:

    She could possibly be one of the WORST actresses out there. The airbrushing on this editorial is crazy. She looks fake and plastic, not just her breasts but the face as well.

  35. lisa2 says:

    It’s weird to me. She seems like a puzzle with all the necessary pieces there, but there is something missing. I don’t know what it is. But something is missing. She has good fashion sense, but I think she is too focused on the fashion part of her job. I see another well like actress that is falling into that trap too.

    I don’t know why she has not taken off. She is like a lot of actors as well. Despite being in very big movies and getting lots of Online attention. Something is missing.

  36. Claire says:

    I want to look like her in the last photo with the red dress!

  37. telesma says:

    I think she’s gorgeous and talented and all that, but what I will always love her for the most is playing Boy George in Mark Ronson & The Business International’s video for Somebody To Love Me.


  38. lala says:

    if she wants babies,she has to hurry up.tictoc.