Top 77 Catherine Deneuve Quotes

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“I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Love is suffering. One side always loves more.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“The story is more important to me than the part.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“In America you need a bodyguard to go out.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I always try to keep that feeling of being on the edge. I’m afraid of knowing too well and seeming mechanical.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Prostitution happens to you because of troubles you had. In reality no woman would choose to do that.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I live very normally, I go out with my friends, we go to the movies, I queue, we go to restaurants.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I have no physical courage, I’ve asked for a double.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Some people fall in love with their co-stars and feel things that they never thought they would feel for them because they are touching.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“People who know me know I’m strong, but I’m vulnerable.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“This book was company for me – I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“It’s very difficult for me to speak about being an actor.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Directors have to push me. I have to be pushed up. Not all the time, but often.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Sometimes it’s more difficult to do very simple, low-key films.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I don’t live that much with the character. I find it hard enough having to spend so many hours with the character during the day.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Being a film actor is very different from a theatre actor.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“You get involved with a character after spending a long time waiting, and this demands a lot of energy and concentration.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“To wait, for an actor, is not like someone who’s waiting to see the doctor. It’s not the kind of wait where you get bored.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“On Belle de Jour, the producer was very protective. It was very hard for me.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Truffaut loved actresses, and he was very intense. All the actresses I knew wanted to do a film with him.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Mississippi Mermaid was a very special experience because we only had the dialogues for the scenes we were shooting the night before.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I wouldn’t say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Actors have to be there and do the work, and that’s enough.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Polanski was very precise. I think he still is.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I love to do very long and complicated scenes.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“That’s what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I’m not always the nicest person to meet, because I forget very easily that I’m an actress when I’m not working.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I like being famous when it’s convenient for me and completely anonymous when it’s not.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I did important films when I was very young.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“People expect a lot more from someone they think looks interesting. It’s a burden.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Being an actress is a very physical thing. If I didn’t look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I have a strong sense of responsibility. I like to be directed, it’s true. If I didn’t like that, I’d do something else.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else. I want to give myself completely.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“A lot of actors don’t like to see how they’ve done every day.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“When I first see the dailies, I look only at myself, but then you start to see the scene.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I can be very critical on myself and on other people; I can be very demanding.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I admire directors so much, I find them incredible: they manage such a huge number of people of different characters, think of the money involved.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I love to not work. I like to travel. I work maybe half the year, no more.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I didn’t devote my life to acting. I give a lot to my work, but my life has always been more important.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I’ve always been able to decide what was more important at different points in my life, but I never gave up personal things to work, never.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“You suffer as an actor. It’s difficult to be an actor and live a good life, especially today.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I like all these little animals that run and eat and hide all the time. I like their faces, They seem to be scared and curious at the same time.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I had mice that I kept as pets when I was very young, and I’ve always liked the way they look. Even rats. I’m not scared of them.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Bjork is a very original, interesting person. I like her very much.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I’m not an admirer of action movies. I just think, Oh my God, it must be so tiring.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I think the clothes in Belle de Jour are very important to the style of the film. Even today, it is still timeless.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“You can express a lot of things, a lot of action without speaking.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“It’s always difficult to play a scene of physical violence because you’re always afraid that you don’t know your own strength and might hurt someone.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I am frivolous. Then I feel guilty.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I don’t enjoy. I suffer from enjoying. It’s very Christian.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“People don’t know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Marriage is obsolete and a trap.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“It has been very erotic and provocative for people to wonder about my feelings for women.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I have been involved in some films other actresses would not have done.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I love vampire stories. That’s why I did the movie. Women especially were taken with that movie-even more so when it came out on video.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I think anything that has to do with sexuality makes people very interested.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Sex is a big question mark. It is something people will talk about forever.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“All women who kill or have sexual obsessions or who are prostitutes have trouble with their fathers.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Even if a woman is abused a very long time ago, it comes out in her life in a negative way.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I cannot imagine having a physical relationship with a woman. I have not done that. But I really love women.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“There are relatively few role models for young people. We are in a society that is ruled by men.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“To have a public life, you still have the right to a private life.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Even if there are a lot women in films, there are few who are lesbians, that people know about.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I’m lucky; people write scripts for me.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I was never a dangerous woman. I’m not the prissy blonde woman that could take your husband away.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Lesbians and gays… they still have to fight, even inside. It’s not that simple, even if they seem to be accepted.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Film is a very young art that is still evolving. Soon, we shall reach a balance between content and technology.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Acting is also working with people who invite you into their dreams and trust you with their innermost being.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I choose my roles carefully.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“I don’t see any reason for marriage when there is divorce.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Opportunities are often things you haven’t noticed the first time around.”

― Catherine Deneuve

“Cinema is still a very young art form with extraordinary techniques and very impressive special effects but sometimes it seems the soul has been taken out of things.”

― Catherine Deneuve
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