Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou


8/9/1978, Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France

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Audrey Tautou


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Although she is recognized around the world from her work as the title character in the film Amlie and more recently as cryptologist Sophie Neveu in The Da Vinci Code, Audrey Tautou prefers to stay out of the spotlight and leave fame to others.

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Commencing in 2009, Audrey replaces Nicole Kidman as the face of Chanel No 5.

    • Audrey was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.

    • Although she is in what is predicted to be a blockbuster film, Audrey is scared of the mass exposure The Da Vinci Code will bring her. An extremely private individual, she enjoys keeping a low profile and fears losing her anonymity.

    • Along with the rest of the cast and crew of The Da Vinci Code, Audrey was along for the ride that set Guinness World Record for the "Longest Non-stop International Train Ride." The trip, lasting 7 hours and 25 minutes, ran from London, England to Cannes, France for the Cannes Film Festival.

    • As a child, Audrey played the oboe in a youth orchestra.

    • The band Brand New named a song after her called "Tautou." It can be found on their album Deja Entendu.

    • While primary a French speaking actress, Tautou's first English film was Dirty Pretty Things.

    • Tautou was late for the auditions for Venus Beauty Institute and began crying when she was told she couldn't audition. The director was still at the site and gave her a chance. She won the chance to play the role of Marie.

    • In 1999, Audrey won the "Best New Actress" award at the Ceasar Awards (France's National Film Awards) for her role in Venus Beauty Institute.

    • In 2002, Tautou was selected as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine.

    • In 1999, Audrey was named "Best Newcomer" by France's Canal Plus for her work on television.

    • Tautou almost lost out on her lead role in 2001 film Amelie. The director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, originally cast Emily Watson in the role, but she latter dropped out due to personal reasons. Then Jeunet cast Tautou after seeing her on a billboard near his home.

    • As a youth, Tautou wanted to be a primatologist. She even went so far as to call all the pet stores in Paris to find one to adopt as a pet.

    • Audrey routinely takes photographs of the journalists who do interviews with her. She keeps them in a scrapbook so she can remember them.

    • Tautou's favourite music composers are Ravel, Mozart and Frédéric Chopin.

    • In 2002, Audrey was Ranked #29 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World."

    • Tautou is perhaps best known as playing the title role in the film Amelie.

    • Audrey admits that she is very superstitious. She always avoids crossing paths with black cats and keeps from walking under ladders.

    • Her last name is pronounced "Toe-too" not "Ta-too."

  • Quotes

    • Audrey Tautou: (On her glamorous character in the movie "Priceless") I'm not someone who tries to play up my femininity, that's not really in my nature. Something I discovered playing this role, wearing outfits I never wore before, was that I could also be a kind of object of desire and of male fantasy, and that's not something that has ever crossed my mind.

    • Audrey Tautou: Most of the time when I'm hired for a part, I think there has been some mistake.

    • Audrey Tautou: (revealing she can charm cows with her oboe) I knew that I didn't have a career in the oboe, so that's why I gave it up. I did have one success though. I was in the kitchen of my parents' house and I was giving them a little concert. I think they were devastated by my level of playing the oboe. But then I noticed that the cows in the field next to my house started coming towards me. So I now know I can charm cows with my oboe!

    • Audrey Tautou: (on how life has changed since "The Da Vinci Code") Apart from the fact that people recognise me in the street, my life hasn't really changed. I still have the same friends and I still have my feet strongly set on the ground. I'm very independent. To feel completely happy in this business you have to be careful that this is not the only thing that drives your life. It's important to have good friends with whom you share true moments.

    • Audrey Tautou (what's more important - love or a big career?): I would have no hesitation. I would never sacrifice love for a good film. My choice would always be to go for love.

    • Audrey Tautou (what she does to relax): When I work, I only work. I haven't the time, nor the wish, to do anything else. For example, I hardly ever watch television. I haven't had a television for some time. Today I've got one, but I hardly ever switch it on. I read. I do read a lot, in fact. I like Oscar Wilde, as I studied his life and his work. But most of all, I sleep! I sleep a good nine to 10 hours a day. I love sleeping. I also spend a lot of time with my friends.

    • Audrey Tautou (on her beauty secrets): I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I just have a facial once every six months. I like to wear make-up, but it's always discreet. Just a bit of lipstick and that's about all.

    • Audrey Tautou (on dealing with seeing her face on billboards and magazine covers): I've seen some really horrible photos of myself. Pictures that make all your friends and family call to say, 'What's this picture?! You look awful!' It's happened to me several times.

    • Audrey Tautou: Everyone thinks I have an ethnic origin, and could be from North Africa or parts of Asia, or Italy and Spain. But, as far as I know, I'm 100-percent French.

    • Audrey Tautou: I believe in God, but I am not sure to trust Him so much.

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    Audrey Tautou is a fantastic French actress who has done mainly French films, but she has forayed into American films, most notably "The DaVinci Code." While that film fell flat, her character of Sophie really shined with Tom Hanks's character of Robert Langdon.
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    Great French actress and she has appear in a quite lot of good movies, though most of them are not acknowledge because they are French, but there are some good films that are and the prime example of this is Amelie, which was a great film. I think that Audrey is very original and a great actress, very cool!