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" You must understand, I don't have to be happy to be happy. "
" For me, acting goes to a special place; it's almost mystical. You have to let go of what you think is good; it's a jump into trust, and trying to reach without wanting too much. "
" You make your own path as an actor. Nobody does it for you, so you have to invent yourself. "
" As an actress, I think there is always a political consciousness there. "
" My only ambition is to be true every moment I am living. "
" Each new film is like a trial. Before I step in front of the camera, I do not know whether I am going to fall or whether I am going to fly - and that is exactly the way I want it to stay. "
" Maybe it's because my mother divorced and my grandmother divorced, so maybe I'm frightened deep down. But then I also feel there is no real need. Why do I need to get married? To reassure me? No I don't need reassurance. "
" Sometimes I call directors. Sometimes I just meet with them. It just happens. It's not that I'm pushy. It comes naturally. But I go ahead. I don't stay in my armchair, waiting for the phone to ring. "
" What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it. "
" The best mother is the mother who adapts, and the best children are the children who adapt as well. "
" I think it's the same simple thing for everyone - to be happy, and have love in your life. "
" There was probably something as a child I wanted to express, something unsaid that I needed to share. "
" For me, habit is just a synonym for death. "
" I've never thought of my characters as being sad. On the contrary, they are full of life. They didn't choose tragedy. Tragedy chose them. "
" I'm very down-to-earth and accessible, I think. "
" My private life is very private, and I have chosen not to live in America or England, where you are so exposed and can't fight against it. "
" Before I thought there was a common denominator between my films - as if all my characters were sisters - but I'm not so sure now. "
" When you really put your heart in the work, you don't think of how you look. And I think that's the beauty of it. "
" I sometimes feel like I could do another job. Anything. Maybe because as an actress you're playing different characters, everything feels possible. "
" I don't like films giving me answers. I like films that are provoking me, that are making me feel not only being in an easy place. "
" My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money. "
" I really don't think that the Oscar changed my career much because I didn't want it to. "
" When you make a film, it's a bet. You don't know how the film is going to be, anyway. "
" Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion. "
" It's never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer. "
" What I need is to express my passion for life... It's movement I'm interested in, the life in me, the life in humanity. "
" When I won the Oscar, there was something telling me 'this isn't the truth'. I had to get back to real work. "
" I would say I'm humanly engaged. "
" Acting is like peeling an onion. You have to peel away each layer to reveal another. "
" If you have everything, then you don't want to go on. It's the lacking that makes you search for something better. "
" If you told me tomorrow that I couldn't act anymore, it wouldn't bother me. I have only one wish: to meet the man of my life. "