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Tautou snubs Hollywood, where 'every millimetre of your body' is scrutinised


Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou

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Audrey Tautou

'Amelie' actress Audrey Tautou says that she decided not to pursue a Hollywood career because she did not want "every single millimetre" of her body scrutinised.

The French film star (36), shot to fame in 'Amelie' in 2001 before landing a role opposite Tom Hanks in US blockbuster 'The Da Vinci Code', based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown.

Now she is set to appear in the lead role of an unhappily married woman in French film 'Therese Desqueyroux', set in the 1920s.

"I am very French. And in Hollywood, the pressure is different. It's not the same in France," she said.

"Of course, the idea of being 'bankable' in France exists, but it's not as unforgiving."

Tautou, who starred as Coco Chanel in the 2009 French film about the famed fashion designer, said of Hollywood: "People staring at every single millimetre of your body and what you wear, it is a huge pressure. Some people are happy with that, but me, non."

She added actresses could not win roles in Hollywood unless they moved to the US.

"Cinema is my passion. I admire American directors and love American movies. But my life is also something which is very important, and my ambition is not big enough," she said.

Irish Independent