Audrey Tautou: Hollywood Is Too Obsessed With Women’s Bodies

Da Vinci Code star Audrey Tautou claims that the Hollywood system is way too superficial, and that’s why she won’t be moving to Los Angeles to boost her movie career.

Tautou, the French actress whose career launched in a big way after 2001’s Amelie, hosted the opening ceremony for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

In an interview, Tautou admitted that she loves American movies but claims she’s just not ambitious enough to live in Hollywood in part because there’s too much scrutiny: “People staring at every single millimeter of your body and what you wear, it is a huge pressure. Some people are happy with that, but me, non.”

Added Tautou: “Getting a role, like in The Da Vinci Code, that’s fine. Once in a while, I would love to, but it doesn’t work like that. They are not just going to come and pick me up as an actress, with all the wonderful actresses they have.”

Tautou, 36, insisted that she has no plans to leave her home country: “If you want to build a career in Hollywood, that is different. You have to move there. And for a French person like me… I would have to be away from my friends and family… In Hollywood, there is a very important marketing, business, branding side. And I really don’t think I could be formatted for that.”

In a 2006 interview after The Da Vinci Code (in which she starred opposite Tom Hanks) was released, she expressed similar sentiments: “I am, at the end of the day, a French actress. I am not saying I will never shoot an English-language movie again, but my home, my community, my career is rooted in France. I would never move to Los Angeles.”

In today’s world of instantaneous worldwide communications, a performer doesn’t necessarily have to be based in Hollywood to launch or sustain a major career. That being said, do you agree with Audrey Tautou’s general feelings about unfair scrutiny for women’s looks, or is the beautiful actress crying crocodile tears to some degree?

[top image via cinemafestival /]