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Marion Cotillard: 'I Don't Qualify Myself as a Feminist'

Marion Cotillard: 'I Don't Qualify Myself as a Feminist'

Marion Cotillard looks stunning on the cover of Porter magazine’s Winter 2015 issue, on newsstands October 2.

Here is what the 39-year-old Macbeth actress had to share with the mag:

On juggling motherhood with acting
: “For me, [there are] questions about how you can be two persons at the same time, when you have to be in a character and at the same time be mum. I didn’t care before if I would bring a little bit of the character home because I was alone. But today it’s kind of a struggle because most of the roles, I mean all of the roles I have are pretty dramatic.”

On gender equality in film: “Filmmaking is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. For me it doesn’t create equality, it creates separation. I mean I don’t qualify myself as a feminist. We need to fight for women’s rights but I don’t want to separate women from men. We’re separated already because we’re not made the same and it’s the difference that creates this energy in creation and love. Sometimes in the word feminism there’s too much separation.”

On turning down movies to spend time with her four-year-old son, Marcel: “I want to spend time with my kid… Because, well, it’s easier when you have a family and that’s the priority. I never regret turning down a movie because you know, you live.”

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  • Em

    It pains me when brilliant actors put their foots in their mouths like this. “Oh no no I’m not a feminist at all, I believe in equality”……
    I.. you know what? a simple google search would save ME a headache and YOU a controversy. What in the hell do you think feminism means, lil walnut? I ask this with love

  • huckh

    “Mighty Marion” sounds like a major idiot. D’oh.

  • Parisjok

    such an idiot. go to your room butt hole

  • Casey C

    I’d love to assume this was simply an issue with english not being her first language and she said what she meant wrong, but she’s very accomplished in English, and she’s just another female celebrity who doesn’t understand what feminism means, trying to distance themselves from it by saying they believe in equality but not a feminist when feminism does mean equality.

  • Will

    I believe in equality but I don’t believe in the word that mean equality because men don’t like it.

  • anonymous

    ça tombe bien, neither do I

  • Sandy McFarlane

    This is 2015 and she is an intelligent woman (i assume), how does she still think feminism equals seperation? like…….. it is so easy to educate yourself on this but she chooses to stay ignorant on the matter and present herself like a moron. good job i guess

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  • FerCat

    There are a few radical elements in the group and they are pretty loud. Problem is they don’t get called out on it. Thus you get a perception that they all agree.

  • FerCat

    There are a few radical elements in the group and they are pretty loud. Problem is they don’t get called out on it. Thus you get a perception that they all agree.

  • Camila C.S. Oliveira

    Totally agree with her.

  • Juan S. Camargo Visbal

    True but there are radical elements in every movement. People like to center on those radicals because it helps their argument against the cause.

    Like blaming every muslim for 9/11 (in a smaller case, of course, but hopefully you get the idea).

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  • Kat

    I’m french feminist and “feministe” mean the same thing. She is just dumb.

  • Whitney

    Feminism in short is saying we don’t want to be treated like shit. It has nothing to do with separating,ZERO if anything it unites. Men don’t need to act tough all the time, like they don’t have feelings. Its a win win for everyone. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay is a great book for a modern definition of a feminist.

    Hate when celebs are like ” I don’t want to associate myself with being a feminist” -.-

  • FerCat

    That’s why you need to call them out asap before the damage sticks. Exactly what Muslims are dealing with now. Took too long for them to rail against the extremist. Silence is no option against hate speech.

    Racist , misogynistic and anti-Semitic remarks get a very quick push back.

  • starchy

    Totally. She clearly doesn’t understand the concept. The 70s was the last time people thought feminists wanted women to be like men.

  • starchy

    Radicals are necessary – who do you think fights in the developing world (for instance for the 5 year old girls gang raped by Isis) for Real feminist issues that women in the developed world have No concept of?

  • starchy

    Perhaps you also need to do some research. You wouldn’t get basic human rights to vote or earn equal salary if feminism hadn’t happened. Young women steer clear of feminism but are happy to reap all the benefits like access to healthcare and protection in marriage that were fought for in earlier generations.

  • FerCat

    I was being polite. I really meant misandrists.

  • FerCat

    I was being polite. I really meant misandrists.

  • Juan S. Camargo Visbal

    But that’s what they are trying to do. Extreme feminists are only ever heard by the people against feminism to support their arguments, but time again and again you see real feminists trying to explain why it’s needed.
    Constantly paying attention to extreme facets or having to explain yourself detracts from pushing the movement forward.

  • Camila C.S. Oliveira

    Oh, please, feminism nowadays is marxist class theory applied to genders. Maybe you shold also do some research. This days all they do is hate men, grow their armpit hair, show their tits, be sluts (but don’t want to be called that and at the same time embrace the term. Go figure), be annoying, disgusting and so on. And they only care about other women who are also feminists. Never saw one defending Palin, Merkel, Thatcher… The suffragettes would be appaled. They were pretty conservative.

  • Camila C.S. Oliveira

    Oh, please, feminism nowadays is marxist class theory applied to genders. Maybe you shold also do some research. This days all they do is hate men, grow their armpit hair, show their tits, be sluts (but don’t want to be called that and at the same time embrace the term. Go figure), be annoying, disgusting and so on. And they only care about other women who are also feminists. Never saw one defending Palin, Merkel, Thatcher… The suffragettes would be appaled. They were pretty conservative.

  • FerCat

    That is true. Their biggest focus at least in Hollywood is to get more women some level of parity in both work and pay. And not nitpick on minor quips said by others who don’t share their ‘perfect’ vision.

    The attack on sexism in games and comics really didn’t help their cause. All it did was shrink the pond.

  • Marla

    Certain parts of France and Spain feminist is considered a dirty word by some. I remember telling my family in Europe I’m a feminist and the reaction was why do I hate men. In these similar areas violence towards women is quite high.

  • Marla

    I don’t hate men, I’m lasered, I do love breasts, I enjoy sex. I’m a proud femistist and humanist.

    Loved Tina Fey as Palin

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