AT: Loneliness was a constant companion. She was born a century too soon. Of course [she was lonely] because she was an abandoned child, but also she felt so different than other women, and she was so bright. There were many aspects of her personality and her childhood that isolated her.
Q:How did you incorporate that into your performance?
AT: In trying to interpret her, I tried to keep this [vision] of not accepting that [one's] destiny is just to have a miserable life. When you are rebel, you fight, you are determined, but you suffer, because you don't know if you are going to succeed. It's so much easier to accept the rules, and if you don't want to accept them, you suffer. This isolated her, and this is what I tried to keep every day of the shoot. Even if I was not expressing it in a scene, I really thought that this mixture of strength and vulnerability was important.
Q:Is there something about her that is still a big mystery to you?
AT: I don't understand how a woman who is so proud, so independent, could bear to be so often a mistress. And I also don't really understand why she worked so hard to hide her past, because I don't think there's really a reason to be ashamed of it.
Note: In a press junket first, Tautou asked the reporters to gather for a photo after the roundtable was finished. She says she's been doing this for eight years, and has photographed everyone who has ever interviewed her. We look forward to seeing what she does with these photos.