Yeah, I know that title confuses you. But if you’re a huge francophile who sang karaoke versions of “Joe Le Taxi” during their college years and thought that “The Heartbreaker” was one of the top foreign comedies of last year, then you would know what I’m talking about. My all-time favorite French actress, Vanessa Paradis, recently opened up to Harper’s Bazaar magazine where she gave us some pretty quirky quotes we can all discuss over a plate of frommage and croissants.
You know, I’m really loving Vanessa’a honesty about plastic surgery and her appearance, including her famous gap between her two front teeth. She is who she is and she doesn’t apologize for it. It must be a French confidence thing. Check out some other snippets of what she says:
On fame: “I was for sure not prepared for fame when it happened,” Paradis recalls of her precipitous rise. “But nobody pushed me to do it. I wanted to sing, to dance, to work.” Now that Lily-Rose is one year shy of “Joe le Taxi” age, writes her own songs, and loves to sing (and in her cutoff jeans and tousled hair is the spitting image of her maman), Paradis sees a different path for her daughter. “Right now I hope she can wait, live her life, and be prepared. She sings a lot, which is great to build up her voice. But it’s a very strange situation,” she says. Paradis is referring to childhood stardom, though with all the extra attention paid to her private life, what was once strange has gotten stranger still.
On aging, plastic surgery and fixing her teeth: As for Paradis’s own beauty, it has simply morphed over the years: She has aged without a lot of fuss. Deep laugh lines frame her teal-smudged eyes, and her face reveals considerable animation. She says she doesn’t plan on plastic surgery. (“I don’t work in America, so I don’t feel the pressure.”) And forget about altering what the French call les dents du bonheur, or lucky teeth. “Why would I fix them? I was born with them. I can spit water through them. They’re useful!”
Moving on to the next man: The day that Paradis moves on, in France at least, the press will run wild again. There are already rumors linking her with singer-songwriter Benjamin Biolay and Lenny Kravitz, which one should take with an enormous grain of fleur de sel. That said, Paradis does have an eye for a specific kind of man. “Well, my type is obviously creative,” she says, with a quick smile. “Creative, with burning eyes and a pretty mouth.”
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