"I spent a lot of time talking to Kieslowski and he knew I wanted to direct because I had written a screenplay already when I was 17 that I didn't get a chance to make," she recalls. "He advised me. He said, 'You should go to film school if you want to direct. You should really do it.' So I went to New York to study. And I did learn things. What's interesting is that when you go to film school, it's pretty clear if you can handle directing a movie or not. Because it's a lot of work."
Although she studied cinema and screenwriting at New York University, Delpy acted in more than 40 films before getting behind the camera for "2 Days." Yet it's while she's directing that she feels most comfortable.
"It's funny, because as an actress I'm a mess. I feel totally insecure. I've been doing it for 20 years, but I don't know what is going on every five minutes. I'm lost all the time. But as a director, I feel like I could be doing it for the rest of my life without even blinking."
Her next film as director, "The Countess," which she also wrote and stars in, has recently secured financing. She's lined up most of the cast and is hoping to begin shooting in the fall. Delpy stars alongside Radha Mitchell, William Hurt and Vincent Gallo and has landed Benoit Debie, the Sundance-award-winning cinematographer for the thriller "Joshua." Ondrej Nekvasil, the production designer from "The Illusionist," and Pierre-Yves Gayraud, the costume designer from last year's "Perfume," are both on board to lend credibility to Delpy's small-budget period piece.