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Actress Watch: Multi-Talented Vanessa Paradis, Halle Berry Talks Career Extremes

Actress Watch: Multi-Talented Vanessa Paradis, Halle Berry Talks Career Extremes

Vanessa Paradis is multi-talented. She’s been a pop singer since the age of 14, muse to Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, partner of and parent with Johnny Depp, and recent co-star with Romain Duris in this year’s charming French rom-com Heartbreaker (L’Amacoeur) – a must-see for Dirty Dancing fans. Interview Magazine has her chatting with interviewer Patti Smith. They talk music, playing dress-up, Gene Kelly, Paradis’ version of “Hallelujah” (video below) and why having children make it seem “that half your brain doesn’t belong to you anymore.”

If French actresses who can sing are your penchant du jour, check out Marion Cotillard singing with her band Yodelice (also below) – proof that her show- stealing performances in La Vie En Rose and Nine were not fluke occurences.

– Halle Berry talks with MCN’s David Poland below on her career, her last two films – Susanne Bier’s 2007 Things We Lost In The Fire (with Benicio Del Toro), and the upcoming Frankie & Alice, in which she plays a woman with multiple personalities (including a Southern white racist). On working in both heavy, dramatic indies as well as popcorn fare, she says: “That’s really what I hoped would happen…I wanted to be a part of little small movies that have a point-of-view that deal with complicated characters, complicated issues, social issues – that are relevant. But then I also wanted to be a part of popcorn-eating let’s-go-have-some-fun-and-just-escape-our-life movies too. And I thought if I could; one, find that balance I could stay relevant in my industry; and two, be satisfied artistically. To me that seemed like the way to do it.”

Halle Berry talks to MCN:

Vanessa Paradis – “Joe le Taxi”

Vanessa Paradis – “Hallelujah”

Marion Cotillard with Yodelice – “Happy Crowd”

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