Cannes is just around the corner, and in honor of this year’s utterly adorable MC, this week’s SPOTLIGHT is none other than Audrey Tautou!
The classic beauty is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival and will make the perfect hostess for this year’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival opening and closing ceremonies. The internationally known actress is best recognized for her role in Amélie, where she played a timid waitress vying to positively impact the lives of those around her. The 2001 romantic comedy received worldly praise, being nominated for five Academy Awards and four Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars.
Despite the plethora of awards and massive stardom that Audrey has since been launched into, she remains a true French actress to the core. Her life is not one you often read about in the tabloids and she always prefers a lackadaisical day of sailing to the craziness of Hollywood. It is no secret that she is not one for the limelight, and she keeps a tight lip in regards to her personal life.
We have to say, the mystery of it all only entices us further! Born and raised in a very small commune in the center of France, she still carries all of the quintessential small town qualities that we love so much.
Audrey’s elegant beauty and witty rapport led to her being cast in the 2006 comedic production of Hors de Prix, or Priceless. Irène (Tautou’s character) plays an alluring gold digger living lavishly off of the men she seduces. Just as she is about to marry an older, (but incredibly) wealthy man and seal her financially desperate fate, she is caught with a man she believes to be a thoughtful millionaire. In a not so accidental case of mistaken identity, it is revealed that Irène’s new man is actually a lowly barman, and not the rich heir she thought him to be. After he incessantly pursues her for days and weeks on end, Irène must ultimately choose between love and the materialistic lifestyle that she has become so accustomed to.
The box-office hit was inspired by Blake Edwards’ 1961 production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Incidentally enough, Tautou was named after the film’s leading actress: the one and only Audrey Hepburn. Call it fate, if you will- Tautou has always been destined for greatness.
Although playing such roles as Irène in Priceless and Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in Coco Before Chanel, don’t mistake Tautou for a typecast actress. In 2002 she appeared in Dirty Pretty Things, a gritty British independent film highlighting the dangerous, underground world of illegal immigrants living in London. The thriller delves into the life of a Nigerian man who becomes involved in the black market human organ trade (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and a sweatshop worker (Tautou) being blackmailed into performing sexual favors for her boss. Like most of Tautou’s movies, the indie was nominated for several awards, including an Oscar.
At only 34 years old Tautou has already experienced an acting career that places her with such greats as Meryl Streep and Bridgette Bardot. She has not used her fame to storm Hollywood and the presses, but instead remains as discreet as humanly possible for someone of her elevated status.
Even though we would love to see her face spread across the covers of Page 6 and Access Hollywood a bit more often, that probably wouldn’t suffice- we will never be able to get enough of this generation’s Audrey Hepburn.
Prepare yourself for Cannes, everyone…this dazzling girl is our leading lady.
By Ally Oberrotman