Your Clouds of Sils Maria co-star Kristen Stewart said that you wouldn’t say something as simple as, “I’m hungry,” that you would be like, “I have this deep need,” instead.
Juliette: [Laughs.] I can say, “I’m hungry!” I can say it right now! I’m hungry! Actually, right now, I’m hungry! [Laughs.]
Q: Well, you were the one naked and comfortable in Clouds, while Kristen kept her undies on and was uncomfortable, for the skinny-dipping scene…
Juliette: To show your body has to be a gift. It’s not easy. It takes a lot, in a way, but you have to be ready to surpass that when you’re an actor, because it’s not about you. It’s about someone else, which makes it stronger and more beautiful. For me, for that scene, because my character was going through an honesty, an inside nakedness, I couldn’t see myself holding back. She has to go in naked! So even though the water was cold — so cold! — the jump has to be without thinking. And it could also be because I’m older and there’s a freedom that comes with maturity, you know? We forget. We forget about that. We always talk about, “Poor us, we’re getting old,” but actually, we’re gaining something. We don’t focus on that. And I think that should be talked about in feminine magazines! [Laughs.]