Vanessa Paradis: ‘Woody Allen is brilliant, there’s no other way to say it’


Vanessa Paradis is featured in the new issue of Porter, which is the same one with Lady Gaga’s make-under. I kind of wish Porter had put Vanessa on the cover – I would love to hear what she had to say about life, love and Scarfy McNecklaces. More importantly, I would love to hear what Vanessa has to say about Amber Heard. But Vanessa is so classy… perhaps she has nothing negative to say at all. Cough. Clears throat. Taps foot. Yes, I’m sure Vanessa would have no shade for Amber or Scarfy’s mid-life crisis. At least not publicly. Anyway, Vanessa has moved on and that I do believe. She cut that Scarfy out of her life (she cut her hair) and she’s dating someone new. Some highlights from the interview:

Her haircut, which was apparently done by her “rumored love interest John Nollet”: “You do feel different… You do, you do, you do. It changes… it does give you an energy, more younger than older.”

Working with Woody Allen in her first English-language film: “Woody is brilliant, there’s no other way to say it….My character is very serious, so while Woody was being funny on set, I kept taking lice off children and saying my lines. But I didn’t know when to say my line because he kept improvising – and I’m trying to keep a straight face, and be good, and act in English for the first time.”

[From Porter via The Mail]

The Woody Allen film is Fading Gigolo, which begins a limited release this month and into May in America and Europe. Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are in it too and John Turturro plays the gigolo. It was filmed before Dylan Farrow’s open letter came out, just FYI.

As for her rumored lover, this John Nollet fellow is a professional hair stylist who does hair for French films and magazine shoots and that sort of thing. He has a Twitter too – and he’s posted a bunch of magazine covers and photos of Vanessa, I guess citing her current hair style as his work. I would imagine he also did her hair for Porter, wouldn’t you think? So I’ll include some shots from his Twitter too.


Photos courtesy of Porter Magazine.

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  1. Loopy says:

    Errrmm Vanessa gets a pass for praising Woody?

    • Apparently–she’s the saint who put up with Johnny for 14 years, don’t you know that??? Pass for everything…

      • Hannah says:

        Johnny depp supported Polanskis case, worked with him and said to the media that Polanski is not a predator. Polanski was convicted unlike Allen so let’s not go there.

      • jinni says:

        @Hannah: So it’s okay to support child molesters as long as the haven’t been convicted? Because Depp and Paradis seem to be in the same boat with their support of unsavory characters.

      • Hannah says:

        @jinni I didn’t say that please refrain from putting words in my mouth. The post above brought depp into which I cannot understand because he vocally supported Polanski. And while woody may be just as bad in a civilised society we are supposed to put some stock on the juridical system.
        Also note that was Vanessa is speaking about woodys work not his personal problems. Depp however made comments were he excused Polanskis actions in relation to the case with the under aged girl. Its totally different and I would guess thats why this post isn’t calling her out as much.

      • Cheap Trick says:

        “his personal problems”

        I think these are Dylan’s personal problems, Woody Allen seems to be doing just fine. Everyone excuses him with being brilliant, so it´s okay for him to sexually abuse children.


      • Erin says:

        Maybe he had to put up with her.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      People say Hitler was brilliant, don’t they? I don’t know if her calling him a genius is a problem for me. If she were saying he’s the sweetest, gentlest man she’s ever known and he wouldn’t hurt a fly, then I would give her side-eye.

      • bravocueen says:

        THIS is exactly what I was thinking!!

      • Mouse says:

        Well said. I will not watch another one of his movies ever again but she wasnt ‘defending’ him with regards to the Farrow case or anything

      • Liv says:

        Yep, agreed. He makes good films, but the question is: can we watch films that are made by someone who possibly raped his daughter?

      • lucy2 says:

        Good point – I’ve loved a couple of his films, but after all I’ve learned about him in the past few months…never watching another one.
        If I were her though, I would try to avoid commenting on him at all though. Yuck.

      • elo says:

        Hitler was no genius, he couldn’t even hack it in art school. Allen is no genius either, he makes too long, meandering films that only connect with a particular audience. Successful bad people usually aren’t geniuses, they are manipulators.

    • Miffy says:

      Apparently. Cate Blanchett gets ripped for doing a film with him and is expected to even comment on the Dylan Farrow situation despite filming it long before the open letter came out but Paradis can actually sing Allen’s praises after the fact and no one bats an eye? The hypocrisy is a tad jaw dropping

  2. Gross (what she said about Allen)…I just can’t imagine praising him. Ever. When I first heard about the scandal around him–it was that he married Soon Yi, not because he had ‘allegedly’ molested his daughter, and I still side eyed him and knew he was a creepy old man. Ugh, Vanessa.

    Also–I hate her haircut. She’s rather..unique looking.. and she needs long hair. But I’ll always love her teeth for some reason.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      I have no problems to avoid her because I have never seen her in anything..

      And to be honest, I don’t think she gets a pass, she is just irrelevant.

      Her fame was tied with J. Depp for a long time, at least on the international scene. End of.

      • Eve says:

        I agree with Hiddles forever.

        I heard that she had a long successful career in France but I have only known her as J.Depp’s girlfriend. I have to say as well that to me she does not look good in those pictures above, I just never found her attractive.

      • Intro Outro says:

        @Hiddles forever

        I heard about her long before she got together with Depp. She was pretty well-known in Europe throughout 1990’s. Never cared about her music or films that much but just to be on the fair side.

  3. eliza says:

    Sorry but we all knew the kind of man Allen was before Dylan’s open letter.

    Same idea as all these cover up artists. Including her ex. fawning all over Polanski. I guess many actors have a different moral code than the rest of us where art takes precedence over morality and even the law.

    So many Hwood types love the molesters out there. Take a good look at the celebrity support for Allen, Polanski and Richardson.

    • lotuseater says:

      Wait… Depp fawned over Polanski? Ick.

      • eliza says:

        Sadly, yes, along with many who signed a petition for him in support.

      • Moore says:

        I believe he defended Polanski to the press but didn’t sign the petition.

      • Erin says:

        He did not “fawn” over Polanski. If you want to rag on any actors who have worked with Polanski, that would cover an awful lot of people. The L.A. police really screwed up the Polanski case and there were a lot of under the table stuff going on. Maybe Jack Nickelson knows what happened…he was there. Also the girl’s mother should have had her rights of a mother revoked for bringing her there and leaving her.

      • Mr. Pitiful says:

        Erin, this went to trial and Polanski was found guilty in the rape case. He skipped out before the sentencing phase because he knew he was going to jail. The mother did not bring her there; Polanski picked her up at home, stating they were going to do a modelling shoot. Nicholson was not home at the time. I agree this was bad judgment on the mother’s part, but it does not excuse the fact that Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl.

    • Jem says:

      Stirke “art” and replace it with “greed”. Other than that, I agree with everything you said.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      Anyone who supports Polanski or Woody Allen, and/or works with them are not ok with me.

  4. jinni says:

    So is everyone going to hate her for working with Woody Allen and saying nice things about him or is the dislike for Depp so strong that everyone going to overlook this? Just because the film was done before the open letter doesn’t mean that the whole sordid truth about Allen hasn’t been known for decades.

  5. QQ says:

    No Vanessa, what he is is a decrepit predator

    • blue marie says:

      you said exactly what I was thinking

    • Londerland says:

      Maybe he’s brilliant in the sense of evil genius? Like, he’s a decrepit predator yet he’s managed to carry on as a successful auteur for twenty years – that’s pretty incredible.

      (No I don’t really think she meant that.)

    • mena says:

      Problem is, ‘decrepit predator’ describes A LOT of people in the movie business.

      Maybe some actors think what Woody Allen did isn’t enough of a deal-breaker for them to not work with him, because they know others in the industry who have done similar or worse.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      And I’m not even going to read any more because this woman makes me ill, as do all of WA’s defenders and supporters.

  6. Glo445 says:

    I wonder if she’d ask Woody to babysit for her

    • Laura says:

      This +10000
      Vanessa and Scarlett know Woodys ladies win Oscars. They think by publicly supporting him they will be favoured above other actresses for plum roles.

    • doofus says:

      just what I was thinking. would she leave her daughter alone with him?

    • Candy Love says:

      With Vanessa kissing Allen ass and Depp defense of Roman Polanski it makes you wonder.

    • mercy says:

      Some brave journalist needs to ask these questions. I’m guessing the answer would be “I only know him in a professional capacity and I don’t need a sitter” from the smarter ones, and “I don’t know why not” from the more stupid and desperate.

    • poppy says:


  7. Karen says:

    I heard the rumour about her dating her hair stylist, but I think she’s actually dating Benjamin Biolay. I think their relationship is more than just professional.

    As for Woody Allen, its fine for her to call him talented imo. People will do that, it’s not going to change, he will make more films we just have to deal with that. Scarlett got flack because she was a bit more vocal about the molestation case and seemed insensitive to Dylan.

    • jinni says:

      But if people like her stopped jumping at the chance to be in his movies he wouldn’t be able to thrive and make movies. You can’t make a movie without actors. The fact that all of these well known people want and continue to work with him allows him to keep his place and power within Hollywood.

      • jinni says:

        Okay I see that this isn’t a Woody film. But I still don’t get why anyone would even say nice things about him or work with him.

      • Delta Juliet says:

        You’re not wrong, but these people are ruled by their egos and their bank accounts. It’s just not going to happen.

  8. Irishserra says:

    Well, I suppose he’s brilliant in the sense that he’s managed to garner support from the whole of Hollywood (minus a few with standards) despite multiple accusations and behavior that would not contradict the validity of those accusations. Personally, he makes my skin crawl and I will never patronize this vile creature in any fashion.

  9. bettyrose says:

    Putting aside his personal life, why are women always defending his patronizing portrayals of women? He’s not brilliant, just old world. Even in Blue Jasmine the moral of the story was women need men for emotional survival. Better a disgusting criminal for a husband than no husband at all.

    • blue marie says:

      I’m glad I haven’t seen the movie then, and now it’s one I won’t ever see.

    • mercy says:

      But they’re “strong female characters.” 😉 I still haven’t seen Blue Jasmine so I can’t really comment, but his work went downhill ages ago as far as I’m concerned.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I stopped watching his movies long before Dylan’s open letter for just this reason. Allen writes some interesting roles for women, but after watching enough of his movies, there’s a very disturbing tone to many of the portrayals. Not all female characters need to be strong, but given how many movies he’s made, I find it telling how many of his female characters tend to be dependent.

    • Violet says:

      I think the moral of the story was a different one (and all critics notice this). That a woman does not have to rely on a man in order the succeed and that your identity shouldn’t be limited to what your husband is. Otherwise you will end up like Jasmine.

    • taxi says:

      Jasmine was a pathetic woman who deluded herself for many years, seeking social & economic “prestige.” I don’t think there was a moral about women needing men for prestige. Jasmine was a sad & empty person because she was always pretending to be something she wasn’t. She wasn’t emotionally authentic even when she was still married.

      • Violet says:

        True. Jasmine was already this way and it have nothing to do with her crook of a husband.

      • Aysla says:

        I second your post, and Violet’s above yours. If anything, the moral of the story was the very opposite of what bettyrose posted, that is: women that need men (or social prestige, or economic status, or excessive praise) for emotional survival are tragic figures, which is what Jasmine was. Jasmine was a mess long before she got married.

      • Artemis says:

        Yes, I was just about to post the same thing.

        I don’t think she was pathetic though. More like mentally ill. She clearly was not just beautiful throughout her whole life but smart too and she had the chops to succeed academically and professionally if she didn’t marry her rich husband. Even during her breakdown, she could hold a job, focus on her future through computer classes and be cunning enough to dress to impress another rich man.

        I think the coddling of her parents, her ego, the lack of perspective from real friend and her empty life in general because of her choice to live a life through a man’s success made her mental condition worse.

      • Violet says:

        @Artemis. Yes, she was mentally ill (I think she had a borderline personality disorder as she fits with the description but I’m not a psychiatrist) and that was a great factor of her mental breakdown. It may seem that her best asset was that she was beautiful and knew how to be desirable for millionaire men, but was clever enough and could have done great if she had finish college. That was a bad decision, but usually did not make the best decisions and that was one of her problems. I agree that she did make an effort to put her life together but at the end she couldn’t cope with it all. It was too much and she had not a supportive circle of friends or family to tell her put her feet on earth.

      • Artemis says:

        I think the consensus is borderline indeed.

    • bettyrose says:

      Okay. How do you ladies explain that Jasmine’s sister also had no identity beyond which man she was involved with? Or any number of female characters from his other films?

      • Violet says:

        But neither of those females end up happy or well. The movie does not glamorize this as the ideal, actually it condemns it. They all perish because they forgot to have a life of their own. So it is a cautionary tale to how to not project everything you want in your partner or others. Even Allen and Cate have said it in many interviews.

      • bettyrose says:

        I don’t share your analysis, but even if that was Allen’s point, it’s still incredibly patronizing. In any case, I have disliked his work since long before even the Soon-yi incident. I have always felt his attitude toward women could be judged merely from his films alone, though certainly his personal life hasn’t overwhelmed me with opposing evidence of his attitude.

      • Artemis says:


        She did have an identity, every human being does. Allen’s portrayal of females might not be your cup of tea but they are well-rounded characters. Being empty and lost is an identity too.

        Fact is that the sister could do better, she doesn’t believe it which is why she can’t escape her life. She blames her lifestyle on the way her sister was favoured when they were younger. Who’s to say she didn’t have any potential? It was up to her to make that happen but she didn’t. She let Jasmine persuade her to persuade her husband to invest in that business, again thinking her success depends on others. When it fails, it’s easy to blame Jasmine but in the end, she made the decision to let other people provide a better life for her. They had the money and a dream yet Jasmine had to advise her on how to invest it. All those men didn’t change her either and they weren’t successful or particularly great either so it’s interesting how you feel that the women have no identity when the men (even the rich husband) were messes as well with little redeeming qualities. The only decent character was Jasmine’s almost-husband.

        I could barely muster sympathy for most of the male characters but I could for Jasmine and her sister.

      • Violet says:

        Well, we have to agree to disagree. I actually find Allen one of the few directors that know how to portray woman (and no, he doesn’t only write neuritic ones. If one watch all his filmatography, you will find a variety of characters) accurately and contrary to your opinion I don’t think he patronizes them.

  10. doofus says:

    no, there IS another way to say it.

    he’s a child molester. there, take it and run with it.

  11. JEK says:

    John Nollet is her longtime hairdresser…and gay. He is not her boyfriend.

  12. Lila says:

    I agree with her that Woody is brilliant. He’s also disgusting perv but he can make some amazing movies. Thankfully those movies don’t include his disgusting perviness so they can go down in history for the art they are unlike Woody who will always have disgusting perv qualifying ‘artist’.

    I love Vanessa’s hair. She is such a unique beauty. I don’t know how she lasted with Johnny Depp.

  13. mercy says:

    That Elle cover is kind of hideous. Lauren Hutton made the gap-tooth look work. Vanessa, not so much.

    She just finished a movie with Allen and is undoubtedly grateful he gave her a role since she’s never acted in English before. Her answer is about what I would expect to to that question, but it will be interesting to see what she or any of the cast have to say if they’re asked about the abuse allegations against him.

    • deliwich says:

      Yeah, Lauren Hutton had a gap between her teeth, but Paradis has a grand canyon – not attractive.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Exactly. I have no idea why some people find her beautiful…..

      • grace says:

        @ hiddles Maybe because she doesn’t need to be beautiful in the conventional sense! sheesh!

      • yikes says:

        Maybe because beauty is in the eye of the beholder?
        Heaven forbid if you were ever confronted by all the people who don’t seem to find you beautiful/attractive…

      • Karen says:

        Oh, see her in Girl on a Bridge – she isn’t classically beautiful, but there is definitely something about her! Great movie too.

  14. bns says:

    She is so beautiful and her haircut is adorable. Eat your heart out, Johnny.

  15. christine says:

    I’m sorry, her teeth are awful. I know people want to call it interesting and say it adds character, but my natural reaction when I see her smile is to recoil and cringe.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      I don’t like her teeth either! Lauren Hutton made the tooth gap interesting. These just look like bad teeth.

    • Trillion says:

      I love her for not changing them. To me it signals bravery and confidence, which I find sexier than perfect teeth installations.

  16. Leah says:

    Well he is a brilliant filmmaker. You can think that and still think he is a terrible human being. Annie Hall is one of the best comedies ever made. His early work is original and brilliant.

    • mercy says:

      I think he was a brilliant filmmaker around that time.

    • Violet says:

      He makes dialog-driven films that still maintain a strong visual style and that at times can be funny, moving or cerebral and intellectually stimulating. Many (not all, there are some turkeys there) films are truly oustanding even better after the Annie Hall era (which was his big break).

      I even think that his best work is post this as Hannah and her Sisters, Crimes and Misendemours (one of the best movies of the eighties and my favorite from him), Another woman, The Purple Rose of the Cairo (Mia Farrow should get more credit for this performance), Interiors and that is just the eighties. Then in the nineties there is the brilliant Bullets Over Broadway which features career best performance from Dianne Wiest and the sublime Jennifer Tully.

      It is true that many of her post 2000 work is not the best but still you have Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match point, Midnight in Paris that though not my favorite it was something aching to magic, and recently Blue Jasmine which has one of the best female performances and ensembles of the decade.

      So yeah, he still is one of the few American auteurs that even after many years still writes and directs quality films.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      I fell asleep after half an hour…. It was not very difficult for me to stay away from Allen’s movies after the SoonYi disaster…

  17. sb says:

    Actually, the film Fading Gigolo is not a Woody Allen movie. It was written, directed and stars John Turturro. Woody is only in a supporting role.

  18. eliza says:

    I guess I am alone in not being able to see the sheer brilliance of Allen’s films. For me, they are all the same movie just with different people. I find many of them poorly acted (Match Point, Midnight in Paris) and boring (Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie Hall).

    I am also surprised at how many of his movies I have seen. I guess late nights watching cable you will watch anything.

  19. Chinoiserie says:

    Her hair looks better straight but still not very good. Hopefully she will not keep it so short much longer.

  20. Karen says:

    A distinction needs to be made in this case: this is NOT a woody allen movie, he just acts in it. This movie was directed by John Turturro.

    I would also argue it’s not up to actors.They are such a small part of it. It’s the studios that greenlight his films, it’s the hollywood foreign press and the academy that don’t care about the allegations against him and nominates his films and throws lifetime achievement awards his way. Most importantly perhaps, its the audiences and critics that still turn up to the theatre, watch his movie, and make it all worthwhile.

    Don’t blame actors, it’s silly. If an actor rejects a role in his film, there will be a replacement, period. Sorry, not many people would give up being in his award-bait films to take a stand instead of flourishing their career and I don’t blame them. Let’s drop the idealism please.

    • mercy says:

      I though this didn’t sound like a typical Woody Allen movie from the description. Thanks for the clarification.

  21. JEK says:

    These pics are airbrushed to the point of looking like a CGI character.

    Depp is a mess, but this ‘Vanessa is a strong woman’ narrative is silly. She fled to France, left her kids in LA with ‘Scarfy McNecklaces’, started smoking again, and dropped about 20% of her body weight. Both her and Depp look like hell in candids. Regardless of who is to blame, they both obviously suffered from the breakup.

    • Karen says:

      Yep. I also hate the narrative that Vanessa is so much more talented than Amber. She has an awful voice (imo) and she rarely pens her own music. I’d peg their acting as equally “meh”.

      • jinni says:

        For real. She can’t sing at all and I have seen some of her movies, even the vaunted The Girl on the Bridge and she wasn’t that great in it. She and Amber are on the same level talent wise to me.

      • Let me tell you–my mom has a friend who lives in Marseilles, and I asked her about Vanessa. She said everyone loves her and her music. I don’t think she can sing. At all. I appreciate that she sounds the same live and recorded (from what I heard), but she isn’t all that talented, music wise to me. I haven’t seen any of her films, so I can’t comment.

        I also hate the idea that Johnny (barring getting with the dumbest fameho EVER, not even regarding her actual talent) is the one going through a midlife crisis, that he’s the idiotic one because he and Vanessa aren’t together anymore. Who’s to say that HE didn’t dodge a bullet when they broke up?

    • mercy says:

      I thought she mostly lived in France and was always on the thin side? Depp chain smokes, so I’m not sure how she could totally stop around him unless she wasn’t a smoker in the first place. I can’t speak to their acting or other talents, but Vanessa was closer in age to Depp and I think he was single with no kids when they met.

      I think the beef with Amber stems from the belief that she and Depp had something going on while he was still attached, along with her alleged lack of talent (regularly on display in American movies) and the prospect we’ll be seeing more of her thanks to Depp.

      • JEK says:

        They had been living full time in LA since the first Pirates movie exploded, and Depp started being offered more roles. The kids have been in LA schools since they were old enough to go. Once they split, she moved into an apartment in Paris and left the kids in LA.

        Vanessa had quit smoking for years. Depp even quit for a couple of years, but started again when filming Rum Diary. She started again after the breakup, and went from petite to frighteningly thin.

    • Well... says:

      Vanessa did not leave her kids! You don’t have to like her professionally, but these lies people keep spreading about the relationship both Johnny and Vanessa have with their children is very harmful! They share custody, and Vanessa goes in between the U.S and France because she has to! It’s the same situation as it was before she and Johnny split up, yet no one had a problem with it then. Now all of a sudden she has abandoned her children?
      Depp’s work load hasn’t decreased, yet no one holds it against him. Obviously whatever they are doing works for them! And they share the responsibilities of the children as well as receiving help from Bill and Ruth Carter, the children’s godparents.
      And Vanessa and Johnny were just at a school event together, not too long ago, so they seem to be on good terms as well.

      • Lola says:

        +1 vanessa is NOT American and therefore cannot just stay in US. She constantly flies back and forth.

    • Jegede says:

      Well Said. And what is with the Vanessa is classy/above it narrative.
      Kate Moss and Depp were ‘on a break’ when he left London for Paris, for down time, she subsequently had to return to rehab when she heard of Vanessa’s pregnancy cause their sheets were still warm.

      I also remember when a Sunday Times interview asked Vanessa about the Kate Moss situation shortly after based on how quickly Vanessa fell pregnant when she got with Johnny and Vanessa’s sneery response “People envy the lucky. No one can take him away from me”.

      The how you get him is how you lose him narrative used for Tori/Dean and others does not apply here it seems

      • Artemis says:

        No they weren’t. Depp dumped Moss, there are enough articles where he said they were very good friends (maybe they still hooked up but certainly not officially dating). The reason why people think they were together was because he took her to Cannes film festival for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but he states himself ‘as friends’. He feared he wouldn’t find a girl like here and he also stated he wanted children. He also said he caused her a lot of pain which Moss admitted a few years ago. Both Ryder and Moss were broken after Depp dumped them. Depp talked in May ’98 about his split with Moss and during the Ninth Gate shoot (summer ’98) he met Paradis.

        I don’t know why Depp would state over and over again that they were broken up if this wasn’t true. Depp wasn’t a happy person, meeting Vanessa and becoming a father made him happy.

        Btw, why are people still so hung up for those 2? They were messy as hell. He threw TVs through her hotel window one day and the next he was all cuddly and sweet again, they were very volatile which might be confused for ‘passionate’. They were hot messes!

      • Jegede says:

        Its not a case of being hung up. Its just saying what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Vanessa seems to be revered in some sections but IMO is a snake.
        Johnny was smart to be generous about Kate and Wino in subsequent post break up interviews but the break up was not as clear cut as you state and the Primrose Hill set, famously loyal to the elusive non-interviewing Moss briefed not just any tabloid but the London Times on the state of affairs when it happened.
        I would say the family Vanessa provided was what made him happy more than anything else as her being the sacred mother of his children did not prevent Johnny cheating on her non stop (with the advantage of French privacy laws) before double teaming on her with Amber Heard, falling for her hard and then proposing in 1,2

      • Artemis says:

        I’m interested and I’ll look for the articles but could you provide a link to those articles too? I’d like to read it for myself as I only have articles about what Depp and Paradis said about the beginning of their relationship.

        Be that as it it may, JD has made it loud and clear how he felt upon meeting Paradis. She was single and he claimed he was single too (they officially split up during fall of ’98 after on and off for months), many times. Publically, he and Moss were dunzo. How they defined their relationship is their business, how they conducted themselves after the official break-up is their business. If they were still fooling around (as many ex couples do) then that’s their prerogative just like it was Depp’s prerogative to fall in love and date somebody else in the public eye.

        I don’t know why she’s a snake when he fell in love with her. Nobody forced him to date Paradis. And nobody forced him to have unprotected sex. His exes didn’t get pregnant but Paradis did, that’s on 2 people and there’s nothing that Moss or the Primrose HIll set could have done about it. He stayed with Paradis almost 4 times as long as with Moss and they had another child after LR so it’s unlikely that he wanted Moss back. It was what it was.

      • Jegede says:

        You could google Mail on Sunday for one of their Live interviews. The Times is now under a paywall (they were not then) and so sadly no access to their archives.

        And it has nothing to do with him wanting Moss back, but his falling ‘head over heels in love’ with Vanessa as you say had more to do with her quick pregnancy and the family she provided for him after the tumultous years rather then real affection.

        Whose to say Kate – as one of the most successful supermodels on planet – earth opted not to get pregnant because it could jeopardise her career, rather then because Depp only wanted Vanessa to carry his child?
        He stayed with her longest but still cheated on her relentlessly while waxing lyrically about how she had changed him as a father to his Disney audience.
        Then bailed on her for the young filly he’s being following about all over the place like a love sick puppy when their children were of a more stable age.

      • Lola says:

        Vanessa seems like an awful person, what she said was repulsive.

      • Eve says:

        Well said Jegede. It has been gossiped and criticized by the media for years about Vanessa’s conveniently quick pregnancy but after years of her being together with J.Depp that little detail has been forgotten.

        Vanessa Knew what she was doing then like what Amber H. is criticized for doing now. I have read many J.Depp interviews in the past about when he and Vanessa first met and how it was it was love (more like obvious lust) at first, yet after more then a decade together and 2 kids later their were never married, not even engaged which was highly unusually for J.Depp judging by his past and present relationship history. Even if Vanessa never cared too much to get married (which I doubt), that is still telling of something.

    • Mireille says:

      Vanessa’s voice has never been any great shakes, but she has been smart enough or lucky enough or both to have her work penned by some of the biggest names in French music — Gainsbourg, Chedid, Biolay.

  22. LadyZenArcher says:

    I liked Vanessa but I lost a bit of respect for her just now. Woody Allen is talented and I know France has different sexual moral codes but there’s no excuse for completely ignoring what he’s done. It’s one thing like in the case of Mel Gibson where you excuse racism and domestic violence that’s sketchy. It’s not right but a person is entitled to their opinions no matter how wrong they are. But to excuse someone molesting a child?! Woody Allen is a sick sick man and his sickness negates any talent he has. He comitted a crime and I believe every word Dylan wrote. Coud Mia have manipulated Dylan into saying those things? Maybe but I highly doubt it and if he was willing to groom his stepdaughter than it’s not a far stretch to think that he would easily groom and molest his adopted daughter. I HATE how apologetic Hollywood is towards sexual deviants like Allen and Polansky. What I hate even more is that he was allowed to adopt again. The accusations of sex crimes against a child shoild have been enough to ban him from adopting for life.

    • Kelly says:

      “France has different sexual moral codes”
      You’re joking right?
      Pedophilia and sexual abuse are illegal in France, as they are everywhere else. And yes, they are very much frowned upon, in case you were wondering…

      • LadyZenArcher says:

        No no no. That’s not what I meant but I am bad at getting out thoughts when I am in rant mode so please excuse my half-baked thought. I know that it is illegal in France and everywhere else. But I meant they have a different view of sexual behavior that is less conservative that what we have in North America and more of a separation in crimes committed and/or accused, meaning if they have done their time they move on. It came out extremely terrible. But how anyone can extoll someone who committed such a disgusting crime whether they are British, French or American is beyond me.

      • Kelly says:

        Having a less conservative attitude does not equal to excusing pedophilia. Being open about sex (between two consenting adults) is different from being sick in the brain and abusing children, you can’t even compare the two, and I get the feeling you are getting that mixed up a bit.
        I’m not excusing Paradis here, but please don’t equate her with the entire French nation. She doesn’t represent anyone but herself and her personal opinion here.

      • laura says:

        Yes, i am french and our attitude regarding pedophilia is the same as here in the US! Vanessa Paradis wants her career to take off in america and she blamed J depp for putting her career on hold while they were together…Anyway she is not interesting and I find her annoying and intellectually limited as she always repeat the same lines in her interview. ( I am very lucky to work with this extremely talented person or genius blabla…she said the same for Serge Gainsbourg, gerard Depardieu, Lenny Kravitz, all the producers …always the same!)

    • LadyZenArcher says:

      Kelly, I’m digging myself in a deeper hole and I don’t mean to. This is why I don’t post online. I was referring to the attitude of him marrying Soon-Yi when I was discussing the less conservative sexual attitude. Not that this the norm in France of marrying your stepdaughter or that it is any less offensive but the idea that one may not connect the two ideas of marrying your stepdaughter and why those are suspicious of him being a pedophile…if that makes sense. I’m saying that those two issues I think in French culture would be viewed as separate.

  23. lrm says:

    Love her style-she’s just so cool looking…yea, she’s french and wears it well….(: even when not conventionally pretty with short hair and strong eye make up, she still has style and sophistication.

  24. Kelly says:

    Wait, was the interview done before Dylan’s letter as well? Or is she really this stupid?
    And if we’re gonna go there, Polanski’s actually a better filmmaker than Allen, but ok, de pedophilic gustibus…

    • Violet says:

      I actually think post 2000, Polanski films are not good at all. I’m talking about the manipulative and emotional crap fest that The Painist is and most of his work during this (the less talk about that piece of trash, Venus in Fur from last year, the better. It is an awful sexist and chauvinistic film) . But the last century, he indeed make many masterpieces and I’m not talking about only Rosemary Baby which is the most famous. Repulsion, Chinatown and Tess are incredible pieces of cinema. Still I only find four of his movies great (those mention before) but the others I don’t see the fuss about his style of direction.

      • Kelly says:

        Hmm, I liked the Pianist, but mostly for Brody. Haven’t seen anything of Polanski’s after that. But his previous movies were really good, Frantic, Chinatown, Rosemary, Bitter Moon, Ninth Gate, Fearless Vampire Killers. I hate to admit it, but he did make some fantastic films. Unlike Woody, who honestly has never made a film that’s impressed me. This doesn’t mean Polanski’s not a shitty person of course.

        But I gotta admit I have always felt guilty about liking Polanski’s work and yet totally condemning him and supporting the fact that he should be in jail!
        Can you separate art from the person who made it? I’m always torn on this issue.

      • Violet says:

        I like Frantic (though the script is uneven and problematic) and Fearless Vampire Killers which has a very innovative cinematography. But I find them pretty meh compare to his major work with Tess being my favorite. I love that books and I think Polanski direction was perfect and Nastassja Kinski gave such natural performance.

        So in that regard I’m not very high on his style. I find Allen filmatography a lot more compelling and interesting, but comparing those two is impossible as they have completely different styles of filmmaking.

        About your last point, I have always separate art from the person otherwise I would never got the chance to see a lot of things. I think this is entirely a personal choice and I’m in not way try to say it is better if you do or you don’t, so it is up to the consumer.

  25. caroline bingley says:

    She’s had a lot of work done- fillers wise. It looks good.

    • Karen says:

      Really? If you look at candid pictures of her, she doesn’t look like she’s gotten work done.

  26. lamamu says:

    I like the idea of Vanessa Paradis emerging from her relationship with Johnny Depp in the same way that Nicole Kidman did after her divorce from Tom Cruise with an even better career. This has been a long time coming for VP. (Has anyone else seen The Girl on the Bridge? A fabulous movie and love story. And she was great in it.)

    • Karen says:

      One of my all time fave movies!

    • Organicrosehipoil says:

      I have never seen her in anything.

      The only way I know her name is from her relationship with Depp.

      And I’m European living in Western Europe.

      I don’t understand why some are gushing about her beauty, I really don’t see it.

      She is too thin and it makes her look older.

  27. Mel M says:

    I liked her voice in “A monster in Paris” cute movie for the kiddies.

  28. Well... says:

    Just for the record this is John Turturro’s film. He wrote and directed it, not Woody Allen.

  29. Emily C. says:

    Besides his numerous moral failings… I hate Woody Allen movies. Always have. An ugly, unintelligent, self-absorbed, whiny little man gets the gorgeous woman. Over and over again. This is brilliance? Please.

  30. amanda says:

    this IS NOT a Woody Allen film. He is just in it.


    • Kelly says:

      That’s not the point, the point is that she is praising Woody Allen, regardless of whose film it is. She is clearly praising HIM.

  31. gkon says:

    If it was Johnny praising Woody Allen you would all bashing him!But of course saint Vanessa can do no wrong!

  32. Nymeria says:

    Another famous person without two brain cells to rub together.

  33. Aly says:

    I’d take her over amber heard any day, but I’m sorry I’ve never understood when people said Vanessa paradis was a great beauty. I never thought she was very pretty. I like her though and she could do better than Depp.

  34. Sam says:

    How come is she not ripped into shreds like Cate Blanchett was for doing a film with Allen and praising him for being a great director?

    I know Depp has left Paradis for Amber Heard, so we have to be supportive of Paradis, but she is gushing over Allen on a site that mostly hates him.

    Paltrow is crucified over organic food and quinoa on here most of the time.

    I think Paradis would look better, if she would gain 15 to 20 pounds, the skin and bone look is aging her just like Jolie.

  35. TWINK says:

    When I see her, I think “Gollum”!

  36. Lisa says:

    Dear god. No more Allen praise.

  37. Bailie says:

    I’m sorry, but I just don’t find her attractive, long hair or short.

    The thinness is making her look old, some people need a bit more meat on their bodies to appear younger.

    And in regards to her comment about Allen, she can get away it almost anything after Depp left her for a younger woman in most women’s minds.

  38. Godwina says:

    Woody stuff aside, wherever one stands: that top pic of VP in the white dress is magic.

  39. L says:

    ok I was lost at “lice” because the mere sighting of that word gives me pause. Is it part of the movie?

    • Well... says:

      Yes, she plays a Hasidic Jewish Widow, who cleans lice out of children’s hair. LOL

  40. ShakenNotStirred says:

    She’s not praising Allen the pedophile she’s praising Allen the director. I think he’s guilty personally but I still love the hell out of Annie Hall and Deconstructing Harry. Midnight in Paris and Match Point were brilliant too.

    • kim says:

      news: allen the director and allen the pedophile? THEY’RE THE SAME PERSON. no kidding.

  41. Tania says:

    I don’t know if it’s the lack of food or the cigarettes, but to me she looks harsh and weathered. She looks unhealthy. I think, in a way, the teeth may contribute to the look.

  42. gg says:

    Not everybody thinks Woody Allen is so great. He has never done anything for me as an actor or director, and his personal life has been all kinds of wrong. He’s just another terribly unattractive in many ways whiner to me.

  43. Cersei says:

    Woody Allen disgusts me and Vanessa is an opportunist with a low moral threshold. Nuff said.

  44. missvi says:

    Woody was never convicted of anything. Vanessa is merely saying that Woody is a brilliant filmmaker. She was not commenting on his personal life at all. God bless Vanessa for having to deal with her pathetic ex and his equally pathetic user gf. That’s the real story. She gets a pass in my book.

  45. kim says:

    so woody is “brilliant.” she gonna let him babysit her kids?