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Audrey Justine Tautou was born on 9 August 1976 she is a French actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty Institute (1999), for which she received critical acclaim and won the César Award for Most Promising Actress. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Le Libertin and Happenstance (2000).
Audrey Tautou film Career
Tautou achieved international recognition for her lead role in the 2001 film Amélie, which met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Tautou has since appeared in films in a range of genres, including the thrillers Dirty Pretty Things and The Da Vinci Code, and the romantic Priceless (2006). She has received critical acclaim for her many roles including the drama A Very Long Engagement (2004) and the biographical drama Coco avant Chanel (2009).
She has been nominated three times for the César Award and twice for the BAFTA for Best Actress in a leading role. She became one of the few French actors in history to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
Tautou has modeled for Chanel, Montblanc, L’Oréal and many other companies. She is an active supporter of several charities.
Tautou began modeling at a very young age, taking modeling courses and other activities, and has modeled for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire in many countries, and many others.
Tautou was named in 2009 as the next spokesmodel for Chanel No. 5, replacing Nicole Kidman. She was directed in the advertisement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with whom she worked on Amélie and A Very Long Engagement. The advertisement was released in 2009 to coincide with the film’s release. She has also become the face of L’Oreal and Montblanc and several other ad campaigns.
Tautou over the years has been declared a fashionista and icon by the press, appearing in many magazines, fashion, beauty, and culture. She has attended major fashion week events around the world as well as smaller events. The press sometimes refers to her as “The Chanel Muse”.
Films Tautou has featured include:
- Venus Beauty Institute
- Triste à mourir
- Pretty Devils
- Le Libertin
- God Is Great and I’m Not
- He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not
- L’Auberge espagnole
- Dirty Pretty Things
- Not on the Lips
- Happy End
- A Very Long Engagement
- Russian Dolls
- The Da Vinci Code
- Hunting and Gathering
- Coco Before Chanel
- De vrais mensonges
- Thérèse Desqueyroux
- Mood Indigo
- Microbe & Gasoline
- Chinese Puzzle
- Microbe & Gasoline
- The Odyssey
- Open at Night
- Going Places
Santa & Cie
- The Trouble With You
Audrey Tautou Age
Tautou was born in Beaumont and was raised in Montluçon. Her father Bernard Tautou is a dental surgeon, and her mother Eveline is a teacher. Tautou showed an interest in acting at an early age and started her acting lessons at the Cours Florent.
She has studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris. A church-goer when young, she has stated that she is “not officially” Catholic.
Tautou says she considers France her base, where she plans to focus her career, rather than in the United States. She told Stevie Wong of The Straits Times “I am, at the end of the day, a French actress. I am not saying I will never shoot an English-language movie again, but my home, my community, my career is rooted in France. I would never move to Los Angeles.”
Audrey Tautou Quotes
I never want to do the same things twice. I like surprises.
I wouldn’t mind being in an American film for a laugh, but I certainly don’t want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean.
People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you. In New York, they are very polite, with quick words, so it’s great.
I’ve never really had a relationship with Hollywood. I’ve never had a desire to work there.
Audrey Tautou Awards
César Award for Most Promising Actress, Golden Orange Lifetime Honorary Award
Audrey Tautou Age
Born french on 9 August 1976 (age 41 years), in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, she has a height of 1.6m. She signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty Institute, for which she received critical acclaim and won the César Award for Most Promising Actress.
Audrey Tautou interview: ‘I don’t need a Hollywood career’
Audrey Tautou tells James Mottram why she is the perfect fit for her latest role as Jacques Cousteau’s in-the-shadows wife – and explains why you’ll never find her on social media
For a movie star, Audrey Tautou is from the “less you know about me, the better” school. The “personal life” entry on her Wikipedia page is so small – she’s “not officially” Catholic is about all you’ll glean from it – you could be forgiven for thinking that the actress who came to prominence as the elfin Amélie in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film of the same name has spent the intervening 16 years in hiding.
Of course she hasn’t. She played Coco Chanel, modelled for L’Oréal and starred in The Da Vinci Code. This month, the 41-year-old returns in The Odyssey, a beautifully staged biopic about the French diver Jacques Cousteau. But her private life is ring-fenced with barbed wire; one blogger recently suggested Tautou could secretly be married and the public would never know.
“I’m trying not to be interesting enough to be [focused on],” she tells me, when we meet in a hotel in Paris. “I don’t have Instagram. I don’t have Twitter. I don’t have Facebook. And I stay in the shadows when I don’t have to promote a movie, so you never see me anywhere. I’m not scared to be forgotten.”
Tautou insists she “doesn’t miss the spotlight at all” when she’s not in it. “I don’t want to become a brand,” she shrugs. “Even if it pretends to be spontaneous, 90 per cent of Instagram posts are self-advertising. Me, I don’t want to play that game.”
It might be why Tautou is ideal casting as Simone, Cousteau’s long-suffering wife – rocked by his womanising and his love of his own celebrity as she commands his boat, the Calypso. “She hated being under the spotlight. She just wanted to be on the boat. She was a real adventurer – that is what guided her life.” Shunning fame is not their only point in common; Tautou is also a boat lover. “I like the ocean. In another life, I’d have loved to have been a sea captain.”
Raised in the provincial town of Montluçon in Allier, Tautou’s fascination with sailing started early. “I had a schoolteacher when I was eight who was passionate about sailing. He taught us how to sail on the little lake in my town and I loved it. Since then, I don’t know why but I’m very close to it.”
It’s why she took on The Odyssey, an “unbelievable” four-month shoot that took the cast and crew to Croatia, the Bahamas and even Antarctica. They saw whales, dolphins and penguins – and she even went diving with sharks. “I suddenly understood why it was magical to be weightless [underwater], to have this freedom,” she says. “I discovered that being in the water is something I don’t think I could live without.”
Calling Simone “an amazing woman with a very strong temperament”, Tautou believes physical and vocal similarities come secondary to investigating the character’s internal life. “I’m not making an imitation. I want to find the truth, but this truth is not by looking or behaving exactly like her. I like to give my interpretation and be as close to the truth as possible.”
As for Cousteau, who introduced a generation to underwater exploration, she’s more reserved. “He’s a massive figure in France, but I’m a little young to be close to him. I saw some of his movies, but I can’t say he was my hero.” For the record, her pin-up was the primatologist Dian Fossey. “I was attracted by adventure, but it was more about jungles.”
The daughter of a dental surgeon and a teacher, Tautou had dreams of following Fossey into simian study. Acting came about only after a friend enthused about a drama course. Her parents then offered her a two-week summer course at the prestigious Cours Florent theatre school in Paris as a reward for getting good grades in her baccalaureate.
She was given a full-time place at the school’s programme, and, having taken a shine to the city, decided to stay. Tautou – who was also studying literature at the Sorbonne – admits that her parents were a little uncertain when she announced she wanted to forge a career in theatre and film. “But they were reassured because I was a good student. They knew that if it didn’t work and I failed as an actress, I would resume my studies if I needed to.”
After graduating, it didn’t take long for Tautou to make an impression. Her first film, 1999’s Venus Beauty, won her the Most Promising Actress award at the French César awards. Two years later, Amélie shot her to global fame, and she swiftly followed it with her English-language debut – Stephen Frears’ illegal immigrant tale Dirty Pretty Things.
Yet, despite offers, Tautou has been reluctant to head to Hollywood. “It’s very difficult to get great parts: first as a female actress; second as a foreign actress; and now as an actress over 40,” she says. “But that’s fine. I don’t need – and I don’t want – to make a career there. When nice things come, I’m happy to do them. But I’m not going to run after anybody.”
Tautou has just wrapped on Going Places, a comedy written and directed by John Turturro, in which he revives his Lycra-wearing bowler Jesus Quintana from the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski. Don’t expect a return for Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, though. “There’s absolutely no relationship to The Big Lebowski,” confirms Tautou. “It’s just the character [of Jesus].”
In fact, Going Places is inspired by Bertrand Blier’s controversial 1974 film Les Valseuses – a sexually provocative story about three law-breakers. Here, Tautou teams up with Turturro and Bobby Cannavale to form the roguish trio. So how was it for her? “It was rock’n’roll!” she says, giggling breathlessly. “It’s very hard to get enough distance to even remember everything we went through.”
And what about swelling her “personal life” entry on Wikipedia? What does she do away from film? “I travel. I take photos. I write. I do many things,” she says, with typical caution. You won’t even find her keen to reflect on get misty-eyed about her earlier work. “I’m not somebody who looks back a lot on my past,” she nods. “I don’t want to become this old actress who reminds people of their past glories.”
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