Coco Chanel is clearly an icon beyond the borders of France. For French Actress Audrey Tautou, who portrays the fashion house original in Coco Before Chanel, the pressure to give the ultimate respect on film to her countrywoman was immense.
Tautou sat with SheKnows for an exclusive video interview that delves into the pressures the actress felt inhabiting a role that is not only is a French source of pride, but an individual that
has one of the most recognizable monikers in human history.
In Coco Before Chanel, audiences witness the untold stories of how Coco became Chanel.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life journey to international legend began in a French orphanage and through Coco Before Chanel, Coco’s struggle to overcome a
caste-like system for women of the period is compellingly captured.
“It’s a man’s world,” Tautou said exclusively to SheKnows.
Coco Before Chanel also explores how Chanel’s time as self-empowered couturier served as a catalyst to rocket Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to change the world forever. Directed
by Anne Fountaine, Coco Before Chanel is a vision only enhanced by the majesty of the phenomenal performance of Tautou as the title character.
Tautou began her acting career in the 1996 French television movie Coeur de cible and exploded onto international pop culture consciousness with her star-making turn in 2001’s
Amelie — one of our favorite movies. Then, in 2006, Tautou answered Hollywood’s call starring across Tom Hanks in the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code as well staying true to
her French roots that year with her touching turn in the French instant-classic, Priceless.
Audrey Tautou exclusive interview