After a bittersweet few years, Diane Kruger is looking ahead to the future. The German-born actress sat down for a candid interview with U.K.’s iNews, opening up about her career, loss and a newfound happiness in her personal life. Reflecting on her emotions, Kruger, 42, revealed she was in a “dark place” following her breakup with her then-longtime boyfriend Joshua Jackson back in 2017. The split coincided with deaths in her family and a best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade, a film about a woman seeking revenge for the death of her family.
“I was in such a dark place,” Kruger explains to iNews. “I had two really close family deaths that year, I was separating from my partner of 10 years [Joshua Jackson]. There was just a lot of darkness and personal loss. Then the role was very dark.”
Her big win at Cannes felt “superficial,” according to Kruger, as she explained that “people saw that it was not just another movie for me.”
The experience was also very revealing for Kruger, who told iNews, “There is something about grief and loss that lets you see how uncompassionate we are as a society, including myself. You watch TV and you become so numb to somebody else’s misery.”
Things took a turn for the better when Kruger and The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, 50, went public with their relationship in late 2017, welcoming a baby girl (their first child together) just a year later. The notoriously private couple rarely turn to social media for PDA but have offered glimpses into their world over the last few months.
Kruger will soon flex her chops for an upcoming role in Yuval Adler’s spy thriller, The Operative, where she plays a Mossad agent stationed in Tehran. Kruger, who was pregnant during the shoot, said “it was definitely a special experience being pregnant when filming. It will always be a special movie because of that; she is in every scene.”
The film is slated for a 2019 wide release and created quite a buzz at its Berlin Film Festival premiere in February.