A Moment With Charlotte Gainsbourg

Independent film star, fashion muse and rock family royalty, Charlotte Gainsbourg is the ultimate Parisian it-girl
ByAhlan! Live ReporterTuesday , 14 October 2014
A Moment With Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg


As the daughter of English actress, Jane Birkin, and French singer, Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte Gainsbourg has an impeccably bohemian rock n'roll pedigree. Not to be overshadowed by her high profile heritage however, Gainsbourg has forged a cult following of her own as an actress in independent film. At 42, the actress stars in her latest work with director Lars Von Trier, having already starred in many of his films. While film critics sing her praises, fashion lovers adore her laid back style and classic Parisian fusion of glamour and grunge, so it's no surprise she is the latest collaborator to work with cult fashion brand Current/Elliott to create a capsule collection for Autumn/Winter 2014.

Over the years you have met a lot of interesting people, but have you ever been star struck by someone at all?
There is one person, but it is embarrassing to say it. Yes I am a big fan, I have a lot of admiration for Thom Yorke, the singer in Radiohead because of his records but also just seeing him on stage.

Have you met him?
I have met him a few times now. He is very, I can't find the words. I am impressed by who he is.

How do you find the world of music compared to movies?
It's very special for me to be able to go from films to music and talking about music is not the same, I am also now doing live shows, it's a new experience for me - I am discovering a lot of things and different worlds. I can't compare being an actress to being a singer, there's no link really.

What gives you more pleasure: music or film?
It's the work in itself, so for the moment it's the music because I am able to do live shows and to be in the work. It will be films when I am be shooting. It's about the present.

Have you seen the movie 'Gainsbourg' about your father?
I didn't see it. I don't want to see it. I am not angry about it, but I don't want to see it.

Are you someone who waits for the phone to ring or would you go out and phone someone and say 'I want to do this film?'
I don't really know. There is not a way of doing for me. I have been very lucky to come across scripts that I love and people I really want to work with. I always had the impression that great directors that I admire - they just know that everybody admires them - there is no point knocking at their door and saying, "could you hire me please." It's a bit obvious. But maybe I will do it, I have done it once with Maurice Pialat. He died of course, but he was one of the directors I would have dreamed to work with. I am not very close to directors and other actors, I live in a very closed world in Paris. But I am sure if I came across a story or a book that I really wanted to play I'd do it. It did happen a long time ago and I was too old for the part. But I would do it, yes.

How would you react to the end of the world?
I'd just want it to be quick and not know about it.

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