Marion Cotillard: ‘Actors are fragile creatures, you’re placed in tough positions’


These are all photos of Marion Cotillard at the 13th Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco over the weekend. There’s no need to do an exhaustive fashion post, mostly because Marion is a Dior Girl and she wore three major Dior ensembles to various events in Marrakech. I don’t really have a favorite – the dotted full-length gown is okay and I do like the horizontal-striped dress, but the third look is hideous. That netting or whatever on the skirt is just awful. As I said, all of the looks are Dior and they make me sort of miss John Galliano.

Marion has a new interview with Elle France and the quotes sound… more cognizant than I’m used to from Marion. It’s not that I think Marion is a dumb bunny (she’s not), it’s just in interviews, she comes across as a total space cadet, which could totally be a language problem (in all fairness). In this piece, Marion is discussing the fragility of actors and how she fell in love with America:

Marion Cotillard believes many actors suffer from substance abuse issues because they are ”fragile creatures”.

The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ actress thinks that some of her contemporaries give in to the allure of booze and illegal highs because they are looking for an escape from their stressful careers.

When asked why she thinks so many actors succumb to alcohol and drugs, Marion said: ”Actors are fragile creatures. The wider the gap, the more vulnerable we are. Any form of escape can seem good. You have to navigate through the different emotions because you’re placed in tough positions as an actor. Everything we give in a performance can come back to torture.”

The 38-year-old French star has also revealed her profession has led her to become enthralled with the ideals of the ‘American Dream’ – which is the ideal that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve prosperity and success.

Marion lived in New York for a brief period to learn English and while she was in ‘The Big Apple’ she fell in love with the way of life in the USA and the ideas Americans hold dear.

Speaking the latest French issue of ELLE magazine, she said: ”In a certain respect, yes (I love the American dream). And I love their language. Three years before ‘La Môme’, I came to New York to take an English language course with Berlitz. I didn’t become an actress with the aim of having a career in the US, my dream didn’t have any geographical boundaries, but just after filming Tim Burton’s ‘Big Fish’, I was looking forward to speaking the language fluently because my poor English from my school days was a problem on set. This love of English comes from my childhood, I grew up on American culture. Their music, cinema and literature were part of me.”

[From Contact Music]

The “fragility of actors” thing… I mean, obviously, it’s real. Many actors are very fragile and emotional and full of all the feelings, and maybe that is why so many of them have drug and alcohol problems. But my knee-jerk reaction to this whole “acting is so hard and emotionally draining” argument is still a major eye-roll. An actor’s life is not life or death! I would like to know Emma Thompson’s thoughts on this subject.

As for Marion’s love for America… I actually love stories like this. I can’t help it, I’m the daughter of an immigrant! I love naturalization stories and stories about foreign travelers who come to America and fall in love with The Dream and the music and the people. I’m a sap for that stuff.



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  1. bns says:

    I love it when actors call themselves creatures, like they’re not human or something.

    Why do they have to be so precious about everything?

    • Dani2 says:

      Right? I think most actors/actresses suffer from the special snowflake syndrome; they’ve been given this awful burden to bear and their lives are so tragic, poor dears.

      • QQ says:

        UGH YES! Not just the precious snowflake, Mofos are Frail CAUSE THEY ARE VAIN AS FK And their livelihood and rejection and good fortunes are tied up to their looks and people sucking up to them and making their lives special because of that, srly is not that hard, If you have a good memory, like attention and aren’t Justin Timberlake, You and You and me and them can act FFS

    • Liv says:

      Can she please shut up? These “roles” they are playing base often on real life – actors try to imitate a feeling, while there are actual people who really suffer. She’s stupid.

    • Michelle says:

      She should try being a pr0n actress. Now those girls are fragile creatures…

  2. T.fanty says:

    Weirdly, I kind of love the mesh-skirt dress, even though I know it’s hideous.

    And while I agree on the fact that the good probably far outweighs the bad (once you are successful), and certainly, nobody is forcing this on them, I don’t think I would like an actor’s life. There is no stability, and no guarantee that hard work, or talent, can really make a difference, as it does is most other careers. As well as that, an actor puts themselves out there to be judged every time they apply for, or complete a job. Look at the meanness someone like Cumberbatch elicits, simply for not being conventional looking. I’m fairly sane, but I think that such a lifestyle would break me.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Fanty, take that hot mess of a dress — please!

      I think the ‘fragile’ aspect alludes to the fact many actors/actresses have such poor esters due to the constant criticism as you’ve pointed out. I couldn’t do it. Yuck.

      • LadySlippers says:

        *esteem* (damn autocorrect)


      • Kiddo says:

        I would argue that a certain personality type goes into the field to begin with, for the most part. Those who require constant adulation and praise find their fix. I don’t think the industry creates the fragility. I think the hungry ego is drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.

        Anyway, for some reason I find the top dress mesmerizing, I don’t mind the second, but I really hate the third one. It’s so ordinary and unflattering.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “I would argue that a certain personality type goes into the field to begin with, for the most part. Those who require constant adulation and praise find their fix. I don’t think the industry creates the fragility. I think the hungry ego is drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.”

        This exactly. Actors are notoriously insecure and needy. It’s that desperate need for validation that lures them into the industry.

        I love Cotillard. I can’t help it, I just adore her.

      • GeeMoney says:

        @ Kiddo
        I disagree with the fact that some actors go into the business b/c they are looking for validation… some actors get into the business because they LOVE acting. Not everyone is looking for an audience to make them feel better about themselves.

        There are two types of actors in my opinion. People who are in the business to be actors (Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, etc), and people who are in the business to be movie stars (take your pick of people here). I think people who want to be movie stars probably fall more into the category of seeking validation and praise from the audience.

        Yes, it’s a tough business and being judged on your appearance and talent can be soul crushing, but all of them know to expect that on some level when they enter Hollywood. I feel bad for them on some level, b/c I bet being practically ripped apart on a daily basis hurts, but I believe the strong can rise above it, and end up doing very well out in Hollywood.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I agree with GeeMoney in the distinction between actors and movie stars, but I don’t believe that the strong can rise above it. I believe that those with good anchors are able to navigate the world. It’s not just the criticism (although, I’m sure that’s worse) – sometimes, having someone hang on their every word and never deny a person anything can be just as damaging. I think that actors without some kind of stable and consistent connection to the real world are probably more susceptible to problems, because of the necessity of constantly re-inventing themselves, job-by-job. Either way, I wouldn’t live that life, no matter how many free designer clothes and goody bags you threw at me.

        I thought this article on the topic was really interesting:

      • Kiddo says:

        @GeeMoney, I agree, that’s why I said “most”, not all. Some are really drawn to the art.

        But let’s look at this “judging” realistically. Sure it must be tough hearing about your appearance by the press or commenters on the net. However, a lot of people rose to their positions in Hollywood because they were beautiful. But every day people are judged by appearances as well. Everyone has to go through some type of review process in their careers, whether it be by formal evaluation or feedback from a client. Doing the daily grind and putting heart and soul into projects and sometimes getting beaten up for no reason other than that the boss is in a bad mood, or someone is backstabbing, or someone knows someone and gets the job instead of you, is an experience most people endure for less pay and glory. That’s just the way it is, and if we bemoaned this situation as often as actors do, we’d never find another job, right? Also, most of us don’t hear how gorgeous and wonderful we are on a daily basis nor have multiple masturbatory award functions where we can talk about ourselves, what we’re wearing and our achievements. I’m not for fame though, they can keep that, but the pay can be awfully good for playing pretend.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree with Kiddo that the type of person who is drawn to acting is already fragile because they need the attention or approval or what they think is love, and unfortunately, it comes with criticism and constant scrutiny for which they are unprepared emotionally.

      T.Fanty, I think the dress is hideous, too, but I like the picture itself, with the mix of patterns and textures – the tile with the jeweled top and the little herringbone clutch. Very appealing to me.

    • littlestar says:

      I think the dress would be quite nice if there was no white mesh, just the all black material instead.

    • GeeMoney says:

      @Kiddo @T. Fanty

      I agree with what both of you said… I guess I’m just sick of the whining and complaining by actors who want us to feel ‘sorry’ for them b/c of all of the rejection they have to deal with. They are in that business by choice, not by force (kid actors are the exception) and if they can’t deal with the criticism, they need to suck it up and get a “real” job like the rest of us.

      I do believe that the strong survive, though. And being strong includes having a good chunk of self esteem, making smart career decisions and having good people around you that love you and support you b/c they truly care about you. Staying off of drugs and alcohol helps a lot too (this is a major one).

      I will say that you don’t have to be famous to have people tell you how beautiful you are though. I have a gf that gets told that on a daily basis, and she’s just as messed up as the rest of those actors. Hell, if she lived in Hollywood, who the eff knows what would have happened to her by now. Their lives aren’t much different from the rest of us… you can find drugs, alcohol and complements ANYWHERE. The only difference btw them and us is money and media attention. That’s it. Other than that, they are just like the rest of us.

      I’d hate to live in a fishbowl and be constantly criticized, but if I did, I’d find ways to deal with it. That’s what shrinks are for.

  3. MrsBPitt says:

    Marion, try working your ass off at Walmart for $7.00 and hour, and then tell me which job will drive you to drink and drug….yeah, thats what I thought!

    • Dani2 says:

      +1 I know that being an actor isn’t challenge-free but these actors sound so out of touch with reality when they complain about jobs that basically make it so that they literally don’t have to work another day in their lives if they don’t want to. I can’t help but roll my eyes when I read articles like this. Fragile, my ass, welcome to the real world sweetie. We are all fragile. And we are all going through stuff.

      • mimifarrow says:

        ^^This times eleventy billon. I can think of quite a few more “fragile” situations to be in than being an actor and having to *gasp* act.

      • Spooks says:

        I wish Emma Thompson could say something about this.

        And why does Marion always make that face? Like she smelled something funny.
        Is she liked in France?

      • ag-UK says:


      • lafrenchy says:

        @Spooks: not at all!!! she is our very own goop… a true burden… ;)

      • janie says:

        The poor tortured souls… Go pump gas and see how far your spoiled lofty life goes on that paycheck.

    • lenje says:

      To be fair, how many of these actors actually make it — to be well known and get paid nicely? Of course we only read about these in the papers and tabloids, but I bet the majority are the struggling ones, who juggle works to get things by, get treated as a commodity, are forced to make “connections” and networks (at all cost) in a world where drugs and alcohol are rampant. And of course — being exposed is a thing you might love and despise at the same time.

    • Myrto says:

      @Spooks: I agree with lafrenchy, she’s not super popular in France, although I wouldn’t call her “goop” because Gwyneth, in spite of all her prententiousness, is quite smart while Marion *is* a dumb bunny. She’s just not really bright and it comes across both in English and in French.
      And yeah, enough with the “actors are so fragile” crap. Oh it’s so hard to get paid millions and travel all over the world. Yeah, right.

      • Bubbles says:

        She always seemed annoying, but not dumb to me. What dumb things did she say?

      • lafrenchy says:

        @Bubble: that she believes 9/11 was an inside job for example… a whole new level of dumb !

      • Em' says:

        I don’t know if she’s dumb per se but she always seems to be off. I find most of her interviews to be painfully awkward to watch.

  4. Tapioca says:

    Wow, Dior is trolling its spokesmodels hard these days! Poor Marion (and J-Law)…

    I do think some actors are way too method and get far too into their characters to be healthy – think Heath Ledger’s Joker and his resulting insomnia – and Marion probably does truly believe her job is “tough” and “torture”, but as Streep and Olivier might say, “just try ACTING”!

  5. eliza says:

    Ugh. Sorry but in my opinion Dior looks like trash anymore. These outfits are truly awful.

  6. Maum says:

    I TOLD YOU SHE WAS PRECIOUS! I could see her being BFF with Winslet and Paltrow. And Danes.

    • lafrenchy says:


      This is a well known fact in France that she is up her arse , actually people do no like her that much over here, we consider her way way too much overrated (she is one of the weakest actress of her generation) and very snotty (she even badmouth directors she has worked with).

      She actually can totally be the french Goop, hands down: overrated carreer, check! Self righteous eco-yoga- organic lifestyle, check! a take on everything , check! and feeling like she is made of porcelain way above us peasants, check!

      She is just insufferable and in France she is not popular at all!

      ps: and she is a well known homewrecker and sleeped her way to the top (oddly from her start most of her boyfriends were producers or sons of producers…)

  7. Lark says:

    Marion is beautiful, talented, and has great style…but she gives RME worthy quotes (and I am near fluent in French and have read French interviews, it’s not just a translation issue). She kind of reminds me of Noomi Rapace, who can give equally cringe-worthy quotes in the same vein.

  8. SamiHami says:

    I just can’t with this one….she certainly doesn’t deserve the success she has received. She is a terrible actress! Instead of lamenting the fate of poor artistes such as herself, she should be thanking every deity there is that she has done so well, considering her marked lack of talent.

    • taxi says:

      What? If you didn’t see “La Vie en Rose”, you might do that before you call her a “…terrible actress!” How about “Rust & Bone”?
      I don’t live in France, know her or follow her career. I’ll never see any DKR, its prequel, spin-off nor any flick based on a comic book or video game. I did see the 2 movies above & think she showed more than average talent.

    • magpie says:

      I think she can only act in her native tounge. Everything in English has been wayyy over acted and just bad.

  9. paola says:

    I like Marion Cotillard, she seems clever and genuine but sometimes she really needs to STFU.
    Acting is a job like another, no wait, it’s an elitary job like another, so to justify the amount of money they make thy have to pretend to be really different, and haunted, and fragile, and all about feelings and retrospection… i call bs on this one. They are normal people lucky enough to have the job of their dreams and get paid buttloads of money.

    • Maureen says:

      According to the French movie-going public who are more familiar with her on her own home turf, she’s neither clever nor genuine.

      • AlexL says:

        By French movie-going public you mean LaFrenchy? He/she doesn’t speak for the French movie-going public, there are plenty of French people who love her stuff.

        I think people are taking these quotes out of context.

      • nico says:

        Is Ludivine Sagnier a big star in France?

        I love her work.

      • lafrenchy says:


        Firstly I am a girl and secondly if you happen to live in France you would know from the tv show bashing to the sarcastic critics about her in magazines that she is far from being the beloved french actress you are describing, people make fun of her and her ways and she is just not liked well. I don’t speak for the whole french movie-going public but I gave a realistic glimpse at the general opinion on her… and apparently I am not alone to have did so on this thread…

        @Nico: Ludivine Sagnier is a respected actress in France, not a big star but a star but more than fame she is very respected because she can act and quite well!

    • Maum says:

      As a French person I can concur that she is supremely annoying and veeeery up herself. I posted on a previous story about the interview she gave after her son was born. There was a whole tirade about how giving birth had given her a place in the cosmos as part of the universal circle of life blah blah blah. I remember my brother in law (a neutral) thought the thing was a spoof. It was rather funny.
      She’s basically known for being the epitome of the Left Bank self-obsessed boho actress. Think organic hipster x 100.

      • Nanou says:

        The thing is Marion presents herself in France now as a Hollywood actress. And this is what baffles ppl the most cause they saw her in typical french movies like the Taxi ones or Pretty Things. Ppl in France support guys like Omar Sy or Jean Dujardin that went to Hollywood because they still know where they come from.

    • Em' says:

      @AlexL Seriously lots of French people don’t like her.
      I have a hard time finding people to come see The Immigrant with me because of her.
      Of course she can be excellent if well directed (Rust & Bone comes to mind, she was good in La Môme but the make up and stuff helped it make it THAT good IMO) but she can also be just ok or sometimes even mediocre.
      But the real problem is that she is so annoying! You want to roll your eyes every time she opens her mouth

  10. bowers says:

    They’re not fragile; they’re overly-sensitive because they’re shallow ego-maniacs.

    • Maureen says:


    • Kelly says:

      lol, a++

    • Diana says:

      Nailed it!

    • Dinah says:

      Glad I scrolled before posting; I agree with you 100%. I was going to say it has nothing to do with fragility, and everything to do with narcissism.

      She was horrible in TDK. Worst. Death. Scene. Ever.

    • manta says:

      And yet when Brad Renfro or Heath Ledger died and their torments were well documented, everyone was sobbing, admiring their dedication to their craft, stating how difficult it must have been for such creative and fragile souls to navigate their way through Tinseltown, justifying their use of drugs (prescribed or not).

      So basically , this fragility or the tough position some roles might put them in is only acknowledged when you’re dead and/ or a young male that fangirls fantasized about.
      And maybe Cotillard herself comes from a special place: she was the girlfriend of Julien Rassam, an upcoming french actor struggling with problems with drugs and alcohol, she was there when he jumped from the 3rd floor ending up paralyzed at the age of 30. He commited suicide 2 years later. Maybe she just has some insight on the subject.
      It’s not like she’s answering the question to justify some of her own flaws. She seems to be the one with a balanced personal life.
      Can’t believe I’m actually defending this girl who supremely annoys me most of the time.

  11. Lila says:

    I love that striped dress. I want it to be mine now.

    I didn’t mind the fragile creatures statement. I think it is very true. Actors out themselves out there for judgment by everyone about their work, their choices, their looks, even their personality and opinions. While most people develop a thicker skin dealing with the crappy parts of their jobs, actors have to be able to keep their emotions readily accessible. And all the horrifying or heart breaking scenes that I turn away from, they have to get inside and express. So I completely get why they are frequently emotionally fragile. Combine it with the screwed up lifestyle of fame and trying to stay beautiful, and I think some nuttiness is to be expected.

    None of that is to say that acting is any harder than any other job. Just that every job has its pit falls and I understand what she was saying here about one of acting’s. I don’t think everything has to be ranked. It doesn’t matter if acting is easier than job a or b. acting still has down sides.

  12. Maureen says:

    “Actors are fragile creatures”, oh I’m soooooo sick of this self-agrandzing psycho-babble from the “art” world.

    That is all.

  13. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I don’t think she sounds out of touch or anything.
    I think actors are similar to what Bono said about being a rockstar, that you don’t need/want to go on stage and have people screaming because of you, unless there’s something missing inside of you. IMO actors don’t want to be famous per se, but want to be loved, most of them seem really insecure, so they use drugs or develop an eating disorder as a unhealthy way to cope.
    What she said was absolutely harmless.

  14. Kelly says:

    Yes, actors need mass adulation because they lack self-esteem. They see themselves as unique precious victims of this cruel, cruel world.
    And yes they are pathetically fragile, the strong people are in the real world struggling to survive every day.

  15. Meandyou says:

    Just because she has never worked at Walmart doesn’t mean she’s not allowed to talk about the pitfalls of her own profession. I can turn around that argument and say that a person who is working at Walmart has it a lot better that million of refugees around the world so they should shut it. Both arguments are lame.

  16. TG says:

    Wow didn’t realize there was so much hat for Marion. I like her and think she is beautiful. I also think she was trying to be pc with her comments in actors and drugs. If she had said that actors who do drugs are losers and that she would never turn to drugs then everybody would have crucified her for being pretentious. I will say that I think she really want is that actors have fragile egos.

    • Jessica says:

      I would not have criticized her if she said “actors who do drugs are losers and that she would never turn to drugs”. In fact, I would have applauded that, because I personally don’t think it’s cool or necessary to do drugs. People who turn to drugs really just need a good therapist and to work out their issues, because they are seriously flawed and need to fix their problems instead of repressing them with drugs or alcohol. In no way is saying any of that pretentious, and I would love for someone famous to say that. Instead of everyone brushing off drug and alcohol abuse and then lamenting how hard acting and fame are when someone dies because of it.

  17. Seán says:

    My theory on why people have substance abuse issues is simply based on the mindset of that person. Some people have a very positive or hopeful view of their lives. They are able to find the silver linings in their lives when they are feeling down or are effectively able to make comparisons between their ultimately “first world” problems with the problems of millions of others around the world. They can see that the temporary high that comes from alcohol, drugs and sex is not going to fix anything and are instead able to bounce back from the setbacks in their lives and get on with things. While they are not always happy and do worry, they are able to see hope within their lives and a promising future.

    The other type of person is someone who has a very negative mindset of their lives and their futures. They might be able to understand logically how they have it so much better than everyone else but become too self-absorbed in their own worries, problems and sense of self. They can’t break out of that endless loop of negative thoughts and feelings and rather than slowly overcoming setbacks and problems, they try and find that high in drugs, alcohol and sex. They experience that happiness during that high and constantly return to it, hoping to find that high again.

    As humans, we will never be completely happy. Despite all the good we have in our lives, we can find problems with that good and will always crave and wish for more. The person with the more positive mindframe will be able to bounce back from the situation, be able to look at the world in a more practical way and have hope for their futures and their happiness. The people with the more negative mindframe will have a greater tendency to wallow in their feelings and may not be able to be able to make effective comparisons between their own feelings of self-worth or problems and those experienced by others who may often be in much worse situations than themselves.

    When you’re a successful or famous actor; you have millions of dollars, millions of adoring fans and get to travel the world and experience numerous opportunities that most of us will never experience due to lack of money or work in careers lacking in the versatility of the film industry. You’ve essentially achieved it all. Yet you’re still unhappy. Maybe there are days on set which are dull and repetitive? Maybe your latest film tanked at the box office? You’re performance might have received a bad review. Expectations and attention from fans might be too overwhelming. You might have to sit through junkets answering the same tired and repetitive questions over and over again. These are all real problems for actors. But ultimately how does it compare to the millions of people who have lost loved ones; suffer through famine, war, abuse and prejudice; or face extreme injustice from government? These problems are very small. I think grounded actors/actresses such as the aforementioned Emma Thompson or someone like Jennifer Lawrence are able to see there is more to their life than their AARRRRTTT! I think they probably do have real problems but are also able to be self-deprecating and look beyond their own experiences and see how lucky they are.

    Then you have other stars who are surrounded by “yes men” and take themselves and their egos way too seriously (Bieber, Chris Brown) or you’ve got people who become way too self-obsessed about their ART! They become engulfed in these aspects of their life and are incapable of seeing beyond that, either out of general disinterest or because underlying mental issues cause them too become too self-absorbed in their own feelings or their own perception of how they feel. They have everything but they can’t escape their own feelings or ego so they turn to excessive use of alcohol, drugs and sexual conquest to get that high. To find that happiness.

    So I get what Marion is saying when she says that actors are fragile because they are creative types and are in the business of feelings. But that’s tarring too many people with one brush. There are some actors who are capable of moving past their own feelings, realising there’s more too life than themselves and their art and are capable of living a more balanced lifestyle. While there are other actors who grow too big of an ego or become too invested in their acting and get beyond that with the help of alcohol and drugs. This affects famous people in particular but it affects all of us really. Some of us are able to look at the bigger picture and not see these highs as fixing our problems while other people can’t help but wallow in their own problems and so turn to these substances for a brief fix of happiness.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Sean, Your comments are thought out and very well written. Artists are still human with all that comes with it.

  18. xxx says:

    Being an actor makes you fragile? Try a job where there is true heartbreak every day like a hospital. Delusional comments and grandiose opinion of oneself.

    • phillykatt says:

      Or a social worker, or anyone who deals with human tragedy every day!

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      xxx and phillykatt:

      Thank You both for the work you do. I respect and admire the compassion and professionalism you courageously display in your fighting the good fight. Every drop you rain into others’ lives makes a profound difference in the misery and fear filled lives of so many and ultimately transforms an ocean of despair into a sea of peace, kindness, hope, meaning, and oneness that we can all share.

      • Dani2 says:

        +1 so much. As the majority of the posters here have said, it’s their egos that are the most fragile.

  19. frisbeejada says:

    Well their ego’s are the most fragile thing about them, I find it difficult to find too much sympathy for people who are pampered beyond belief and earn huge amounts of cash in comparison to real professionals like life saving Nurses and Doctors or those who risk their own lives to save others like Fireman who are picking up peanuts in comparison. They go into the profession of their own volition – no-one forces them to act for a living and the ones who are successful are lucky – there are very many brilliant actors we will never hear of because they didn’t get that lucky break. I prefer those who appreciate their good fortune and don’t complain to the fragile little flowers myself. It’s interesting that you don’t hear Streep, Blanchette, Day-Lewis, Oldman – ‘real actors’ complain like this they dont seem to exhibit diva like tendencies – in public at least.

  20. judyjudy says:

    I don’t care about her fragility, I just need to know where she got her lipstick in the header pic. I NEED that lipstick.

  21. Lohola says:

    I feel like I have to comment in defence of the art form that I trained in and speak to the industry that I was once involved in. I went to theatre school and worked in the performing arts industry in my early adulthood. In my opinion, there is no real common denominator between the type of person who becomes an actor you just need a love of the craft and an interest in human condition, insane amounts of perseverance and maybe some masochistic tendencies. Upon entering school (if thats the route you choose) you are immediately asked to become vulnerable, give yourself over, you learn that pretty much everything you thought you knew about yourself, your body, the art itself is wrong or at least thats how it feels when you are 18-22ish which most people are when they begin their training. As far as “living in the real world” or “working for a living” In school, was either in class, performing, rehearsing, writing papers from 7am till midnight and working at some shi**y job on the weekends. I actually made quite a few friends that were pre med or in bio sciences because we were the ones that were pretty much living inside the university. It was extremely hard work and some of you are right, you don’t live in reality sometimes, sometimes you are straddling some middle ground and doing all of this for the love of it, and trying to identify and still be a part of a world that can’t really relate you other than as a commodity- one that calls you “shallow”, “elitist”, “pretentious”, that doesn’t understand why you waste your time- the answer to that is you have to…because eventually there is a hole in you that can only really be filled by creative work….However, I did say that I was in the industry as opposed to still being in it. That has to do with all the things that aren’t the work. The “networking” events that are rampant with drugs and alcohol, the ass-kissing you are expected to do mostly to money types that have no real feelings for your work other than to be on a board of directors for something artsy and maybe get to cop a feel off a dancer, the constant judgement and rejection. Its taxing on young people, I lost some friends to depression and addiction, others had to go to rehab-most of us just had to grow up enough to know better. I can understand where Marion is coming from but I don’t agree that actors/artists are fragile…The parts of me that I utilize now in my career when things get rough or scary or I need to persevere are definitely the parts I retain from my creative training. It is the toughest part of me… Sorry for the rant, I just get a little angry when blanket judgements are made about anyone’s chosen profession by people who haven’t the slightest idea what they are talking about…

    • LadySlippers says:

      Lohola, I think a lot of people forget their empathy when asked to see something from another’s perspective and trash it without examining those beliefs. And I really liked seeing a glimpse into what Marion might be referring to.

    • Theresa says:

      Wow, that was very thoughtful and yet provocative. I know what you mean too. I studied fine art when I was younger, and though I do not have a career in that field today, my years of training, going through critique, learning to draw on inner strength for outward projects has informed my life to this day. I love having a different perspective, or take, on things that I know I have come to because of my years of creative study. Am I fragile, or vulnerable to the point of needing drugs or alcohol? Not even one day. But I also don’t believe being an artist makes you more susceptible to it. There are millions of addicts the world over that have never touched the acting profession. Addiction transcends stereotypes, and it’s kind of silly to speculate that being part of such a privileged profession means you suffer more. She could have thought about the answer to this question a bit more broadly.

      • Lohola says:

        @ Theresa -I think that for actors/artists the drug use, booze and quite frankly the sexual exploitation (especially for women) happens mostly because most people start out young. Its not the profession that is the killer, its the youth. You get caught up in the excitement and the promise of glamour. Also, part of getting the parts, training and opportunities that you want requires a little bit of selling of yourself. This is true of most professions in the beginning but with acting its even more so because you are literally selling “you”. When you are young and inexperienced its hard to know how what is appropriate and what is not. For me now, and for my age group that are still in the industry in various forms, we have grown up enough to know our worth and what is truly professional and healthy. I agree that her answer was a little shallow, but I guess she’s still in that world at the highest level-pretty much anything she says- you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t…such is the price she pays:)

  22. Dommy Dearest says:

    Actors are not fragile. Most have an over inflated ego. The only tough situation is what movie to accept so they can get an award. The normal people of the world have actual tough situations that range from not having rent, being paid minimum wage, worrying about bills, the car. Sorry celebrity, you’re dead wrong and further prove there is no connection between you and the real world.

    Why can’t there be a celebrity that admits that their life is easy and they don’t worry about things? I find those type way more likeable.

  23. moon says:

    Acting is hard. People like to make fun of actors but have no qualms being hypercritical about acting standards. Just because you guys see the glamorous side of things with the red carpets etc. doesn’t mean these people don’t put in hard work the majority of the time when they’re not on red carpets.

  24. Shiela says:

    I am a fragile creature, too.

    I love her dress in photos three and four.

  25. miapatagonia says:

    I think I need to see Marion in a French production because in all the American films I’ve seen her in–Inception, Batman, and that Fellini-esque musical, she always displays the same insipid, woe-is-me tone. Rather dull. Compare her to Isabelle Adjani, Deneuve or Juliette Binoche she’s a bit overrated too. She is vanilla to say, Adjani, who is dark chocolate. I like her style though.

  26. Vera says:

    The American Dream is still a big call, , but upward mobility, especially in the South, is harder to come by.

    BTW, what is happening with Dior? They didn’t do themselves any favors by the terrible way they dressed JLaw, and while Marion can wear the clothes better, the designs haven’t been that great lately.