NUMÉRO: You are gorgeous, shockingly beautiful… but don’t you ever get bored of people telling you that every five minutes?
MONICA BELLUCCI: You can never have enough compliments. In life we're subjected to so many insults and unkind attacks that a nice word, from time to time, can’t do any harm.
What are the pros and cons of being so sublime?
Oh la la! Sublime, really! The pros? Well in the words of Oscar Wilde, “Beauty lasts five minutes in life if you don’t have other qualities to maintain the interest.” And you know being pretty when you’re an actress is like a painful banality. Do you know many ugly actresses? If I was an astronaut it would be more original.
With your daring choice of movies over the years have you made an active decision to escape the archetypal “woman-object”?
No. Let’s just say there is always a slight complex with women who have an advantageous physique to prove themselves as credible actresses. For me it’s been doubly difficult because I started out as a model. A double death defying leap. It’s as if beauty creates a sort of mask that stops emotions from showing. This prejudice is still very widespread. Your question confirms it. As soon as a beautiful woman plays a prominent role, people will say “Ooh isn’t she daring,” but they don’t bother saying that she acts well.
What role are you playing in the much anticipated Twin Peaks: The Return of David Lynch?
I can’t tell you anything at all, you’ll have to wait watch the series yourself. What I do in the show, well it’s a true moment of cinematic love. It’s quite dreamy …
Voilà, and if I instantly accepted the role it was of course to be part of an experience led by David Lynch. My relationship with movies has always been like that: I can shoot with Rebecca Miller for five minutes, as much as I can film for four years with Emir Kusturica. I go from one extreme to the next. I just took part in a project by Niccolò Ammaniti, an Italian writer and it took a day of work. What he asked me to do was so out there I just couldn’t refuse. The most interesting projects are like mosaics where each piece is equally important. That’s how I perceive movie making.