“I wouldn’t say I have a method, but I’m quite attached to the idea of trying to get as close as possible to the truth. Very often, actors want to idealize their characters, or they want to be as fascinating as possible to the audience. That has never been my concern. I’d rather focus on what I think reality is, with all its ambiguities and complexities and shadows. A little bit of good and bad—that’s a human being, you know?”
Born March 16, 1953
Isabelle Huppert filming Violette Nozière with Claude Chabrol
La Dentellière with Isabelle Huppert in 1977 (directed by Claude Goretta).
“She was like one of those genre paintings where the subject is captured in mid-movement. Her way, for example, of pursing hairpins in her lips as she redid her hair bun! She was The Laundress, The Water Girl, or The Lacemaker.”
Isabelle Huppert & Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol loved the idea of me making a statement in a way with my acting. He wanted to really film me just the way I was, without asking me to be otherwise or different. That’s the best gift you can get from a director – he says, “Just be who you are.” That was the difference with him, and maybe why things seemed to have been different after I worked with him. And he did that with me in so many different movies – sometimes they were costume movies, sometimes they were thrillers or comedies. He would say, “Just take it and do what you want.” - Isabelle Huppert
70/100 favorite photos of Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuelle Riva, Michael Haneke and Jean-Louis Trintignant at a photocall for Amour.
I like to take these unusual characters and then make them as normal as possible, because we all know that the tragedy and the abnormal always hides itself behind the normal.