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"'The English Patient' was a huge turning point in my career and my life; it became this huge thing. But the whole Oscar build-up got completely out of control; I spent more time talking about that film than I spent making it!"

Kristin Scott Thomas

Born: May 24, 1960

Occupation: Actress

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I think in most jobs, you get better as you get older. You gain experience, you gain knowledge.

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If you're feeling insecure and you need to feel special, the best place to go is somewhere foreign where people treat you as special because you're different.

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I've realised that I am who I am and that is it. Like it or lump it. I'm not around to please anyone any more, and it's a huge relief.

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It doesn't make you feel very good being mean and fierce; it is much nicer playing people who are kind and sweet.

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Life is too short to live on low-fat everything.

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I'm not one of those famous people flying round the world emoting over every catastrophe. I'm too feeble.

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Movies make you immortal and ageless.

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I do not want to pour out my heart to the world. I am cautious of what I say and to whom.

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I love shooting French films because I don't have to stick with being sophisticated or stuck-up.

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I'm not at all fed up with British films, but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.

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I'm very good at forgetting people.

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It takes a long time to appreciate one's parents.

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Most films seem to be about a man and a women falling in love at some point and once you pass forty-five, it's almost disgusting to fall in love.

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Seeing The English Patient is wonderfully draining, but imagine acting in it for six months.

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We older women in Europe are lucky not to be shoved away in a drawer.

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After a long time with someone, you realise you've been thinking for two.

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As an adult, it's a huge shock to be orphaned; as a child it's just hideous, ghastly.

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At school, I always wanted to belong to a gang, and no one would have me. So I'd have make my own gang, but with everybody else's leftovers.

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Baths are my favorite thing. I can have two, three a day.

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Boarding school is a wicked thing.

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Buy, buy, buy, buy! They want to grab you and trap you and turn you into little Elizabeth Hurleys.

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Exoticism can give you an edge: it makes people assume you're cleverer than you are and gives you the upper hand.

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Having a career is a bit like navigating an Atlantic crossing - you have to make sure everything is keeping and is balanced.

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Having a leading man who is actually prettier than you are is quite upsetting.

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I can't move back to England. My home is in France now. I'd love to but I can't. My family's all there now.

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I don't want to have to be pretty. I don't want to have to be adorable.

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I find it very difficult to be two different characters at the same time - actress and mother.

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I still absolutely love 'The Sound of Music' and anything with Julie Andrews in it.

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I tend to do things that I'm very frightened of. That's what I do.

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I think I'm inspired mostly by other artists that aren't actors, like writers or singers or artists, for being so brave.

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I'm very wary of trust, you see.

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In fact, in many ways my mother was quite hippy-dippy, serving macrobiotic food and reading 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.'

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It's very hard having a career in different continents and two different languages.

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Now, playing a love interest can be really thrilling, if you're working opposite thrilling people.

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There's something incredibly sexy about sand and sweat and dunes photographed like women's backs.

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We all come in different shapes and sizes, and that's fine by me.

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I know I can be bolshy and really unpleasant, and it always happens if I lose confidence in the people I'm working with. If I've got no confidence in what I'm doing and they don't provide me with some...

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As a younger actor you want to be approved of, you want to gain respect, be admired. All of those things. To say: 'This is me playing this character. And aren't I fantastic!' I don't feel that so much...

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I can't get into all that physical stuff of having to have flawless skin... Sometimes you see people and it looks like someone's got an eraser and made their face a little blurry - their traits seem to...

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I just get so fed up with seeing the same things written about me. If I see the words 'ice queen' attached to me, I feel like banging my head against the wall. There's this perception that I can only be...

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I mean, if you're being directed very precisely by somebody who has admiration and who's really smart, it's great. If you're being told what to do by a nincompoop - and luckily that hasn't happened very...

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I really like acting in French. It's actually quite different for me, from acting in English. It's fun acting in a foreign language. You're liberated or freed from preconceptions.

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If you make a film about a pig farmer in Wales and you are a huge hit as the pig farmer's wife, the next thing is you'll be asked to do a film about a sheep farmer in Scotland.

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Making films can be absolutely fantastic, but it can also be incredibly dull. You spend the whole day sitting by yourself in your trailer and then you get called to deliver one sentence - then you're told...

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Sometimes, I think I could have been a major movie star with the vast mansion and staff. I look at my Volvo and think it could be a limousine. I think of the roles I turned down. But then I wouldn't have...

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The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources.

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You know those drugstore kits that tell you when you're pregnant? They should have one that tells you when you're sane.

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I never go straight to the point if I can go the most difficult way. Why be simple when you can be complicated?

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I was happy, I wasnt beaten, and I lacked nothing. But it wasnt what people expect - it was very much sort of pinching and scraping. I dont know how my mother did it.

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Often, the roles I'm offered in England are melancholic women who are filled with regret for the past, regret for their fading beauty.

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