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'I knew fashion was going to be part of my job, so I thought I might as well have fun with it.
I didn’t want people to decide what I was going to wear and what I was going to look like and how I should behave.
Because TV imposes something on you.’ She squirms when I mention her brief role in the dizzy Manhattan series Gossip Girl.
'I knew a bit about what Coco Chanel had done for women,’ she continues. 'And, with Nicolas, I’d seen his work from the beginning in magazines, so I knew what I was getting myself into.
'I think Isabelle tries – probably because she lacks something in her life, she’s not very happy – to make everything very beautiful. 'There’s a quote from the novel that says she gave off the sense of “having not merely dressed, but dressed up, as though in a costume that suited not the house but some other world she inhabited in her mind”.
That was a good note on [how to play] her.’ Birdsong tells the story of Isabelle Azaire and Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who visits prewar Amiens to study the local textile trade.
'You need to be in a mindset that allows you to give something, otherwise it’s really boring,’ she says, tutting.
'It just becomes about being a clothes hanger, a living puppet.
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She has a clause in all her contracts that states that, if she ever does a nude scene, it can’t be used in trailers or publicity stills, only in the finished film.