"When I was making big movies and was 'a star,' I felt almost afraid of audiences, I felt very defensive and it was always 'Love me, love me, love me,' but that turns into other things," Scott Thomas said. "People see you on such a big screen or they see you in their living rooms and for many of them it creates a weird, ambivalent relationship with you as an actual person. You go into a shop and ask for something and they just stare at you with their mouth open. You can't get anything done!"
The star power remains in many ways, although Scott Thomas is now best described as an actor's actor. "She is amazing to work with," said Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the director of "Sarah's Key." "She does amazing work and just brings an authenticity to every moment. I feel like she could do my job probably better than I could. In this movie, though, she is perfect for this role. No one else could play this -- a woman living in France in this way -- the way Kristin can do it."
Scott Thomas has become a major presence in French cinema -- "She belongs to France now," is how Paquet-Brenner puts it -- and not only does she enjoy the nuances of the language, she also welcomes the vivid female roles she finds on the pages of American and British scripts.