'It's about finding the right balance': Marion Cotillard admits she struggles to balance her professional and personal life... after shooting down onset romance rumours with Brad Pitt
French actress Marion Cotillard has admitted that she sometimes struggles to strike a healthy balance between her work life and her home life.
The 41-year-old - who co-stars opposite Brad Pitt in their new movie Allied - has revealed she can't help put mull over her on-screen characters even when she's not on the set of the film she's working on.
And this is a particularly tricky trait because she is typically drawn towards playing 'disturbed or dramatic people'.
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Finding the balance: Marion Cotillard - who co-stars opposite Brad Pitt in their new movie Allied - has revealed she can't help put mull over her on-screen characters even when she's not on set
She told the Sunday Times: 'It is about finding the right balance between work and coming home without anything from the character.
'And it's really hard because, when you spend two months on a project, you process in your dreams what you have lived during the day... and I have a tendency to choose disturbed or dramatic people.'
The film star also drew on her fears and the fears of other public figures, confessing that she finds it odd seeing herself age onscreen.
'When you see yourself ageing on screen, it's really weird,' she said. 'It's interesting to experience, and I guess it could be scary, as you have a magnifier on your evolution, what you become.
Baby chic: Pregnant Marion has spoken about juggling her professional and personal life
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Expecting: Marion confirmed her pregnancy with partner of eight years Guillaume Canet in September
'It's going to mess you up, as sometimes you are not as strong as you should be. A lot of people live with poison in their head.
'Fear is the most effective poison in this world. Fear of ageing. Fear of the other. Of the unknown... Fear of tomorrow... Fear of death. Because it all ends there.'
In promoting Allied, Marion has faced a backlash as the movie's release has clashed unfortunately with the announcement of co-star Brad's separation from wife Angelia Jolie.
And while Marion's relationship with Brad is strictly professional, there has been a slew of negative press about their on-screen dalliances.
Marion though has turned her attention to welcoming her first child.
Work and play: 'It is about finding the right balance between work and coming home without anything from the character' said the actress
Famous fears: The film star also drew on her fears and the fears of other public figures, confessing that she finds it odd seeing herself age on a cinema screen
Strictly business: While Marion's relationship with Brad is strictly professional, there has been a slew of negative press about their on-screen dalliances
Back in the spotlight: Brad returned to the red carpet this week for the first time since his wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce
On Wednesday night she joined Brad on the red carpet at the Allied premiere in Los Angeles.
She gave maternitywear a red carpet makeover, deciding on a chic, navy blue gown that skimmed over her baby bump.
The sleeveless dress simply featured a neat, sweeping train and a high collar.
Marion confirmed her pregnancy with partner of eight years Guillaume Canet in September.
Taking a back step: Marion denied any allegations of an affair in an Instagram post in September
It was a simultaneous announcement, tainted by her denial about alleged relations with 52-year-old Brad, said to have taken place as they filmed the WWII drama.
'This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into,' she said, referring to Angelina's decision to divorce Brad.
'I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up'.
Married: In the film Allied, the pair are locked in a passionate yet suspicious relationship during WWII
Is she or isn't she? Brad's character suspects that his wife is a Nazi spy
She went on: 'Many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.'
Marion went on to wish Brad and Angelina 'peace in this very tumultuous moment,' in her lengthy Instagram response.
Angelina, who has six children with partner-of-12-years Brad, filed for the divorce the day after an alleged altercation between Brad and their eldest son Maddox.
On the same day of the premiere, Brad was cleared for attacking the child on a private jet; an incident which was at the time thought to have prompted their separation in September.
Relaxing: During the Q&A that day, Brad seemed to relax slightly more
Talking shop: It was originally thought that the actor would cancel his promotional duties as his messy divorce gets more complicated
Actor Brad, looking drawn and visibly slimmer, returned to the red carpet that evening to thank his fans for their ongoing support.
He told E! news: 'It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It's really nice to have all the support.'
The red carpet was lined with baiting fans and Brad even appeared more relaxed when he sat down for a Q&A with the cast, later that night.
In his role: Brad has been heartbroken by accusations of child abuse, that he was cleared of on Wednesday
Talking shop: The actors were in conversation with director Robert Zemeckis
Dignified: She has wished Angelina and Brad 'peace' during their tumultuous divorce
Brad was previously thought to have cancelled many of his promotional duties for Allied while his custody battle with Angelina rages on.
In the film, he plays Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan who meets and falls in love with French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (played by Marion) during the second world war.
Max is torn when he is told that she is a Nazi spy and that he must kill her, and so their relationship is rocked by suspicion.
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