Reasonable Words: Emmanuelle Riva

The 84-year-old Oscar-nominated actress in an interview. A few choice bits:

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 1.05.49 PMQ: What was it like creating that intimacy with Jean-Louis Trintignant?

A: I’d met him in Rome many years ago when we were young, but I don’t know him well. This is the heart of our work. We meet other people we don’t know, and immediately we are in complete intimacy. I didn’t do anything. I just was there, and him also.

Q: And how do you feel about coming to the Oscars?

A: I am very calm in the face of all of this. I am 85 years old. I am not going to flop about like a fish. What makes me nervous is these hours on the plane. Frankly, it seems like a hell of a journey to me. It’s so long. But I will do things to the end. I will fall in someone’s arms if I need to.

This adventure, this gift, in the last stage of my life – it’s not easy to measure up – but it’s the exact moment in my life when I could do it. Before would have been too early. Later might have been too late. But it’s a great treasure to participate in this film.

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