Actress Bérénice Bejo hails from
Argentina and loves the Hollywood
magic, but France feels like home
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My family is from Argentina. So the way I was raised is very much
Argentinian - the door is always open with lots of people at home.
I have all my family over there: a sister, niece, nephews, grandmother,
uncles, cousins. Everyone's in Buenos Aires.
All American fun
My son loves Los Angeles. He saw the
Pixar movie Cars, so he's like, "Great, I'll
go to California like Flash McQueen!"
We don't have the beach in Paris,
so we try to make it exciting.
I know he'd love Disneyland.
The Search will be released later in the year
After Cannes, when I won Best Actress for
The Past, I took my two kids and went to
Vietnam while Michel [Hazanavicius, her
husband] went to Georgia to prepare for
The Search. My son, Lucien, called my prize
my gold feather. The Plume d'Or!
Michel and I travel a lot. We put the
kids in the car and we move around
the country. We did Norway, Canada,
Argentina. We never really go back
to the same destination, but we
definitely want to go back to Norway.
I've been travelling in Scotland a lot, hiking
in the Highlands. I love it. I did that 20 years
ago for the first time - and the weather was
perfect for one month.
We moved to France when I was three. My
parents had to run from the dictator in Argentina
and they chose Paris because of the Eiffel Tower
and the cheese. No, that's not true! They wanted
to give my sister and me a better life.
My first American movie
was A Knight's Tale. I
was on holiday in Los
Angeles in 2000 and I
called a friend of mine,
who is a producer. He
said, 'You should meet
Brian Helgeland - he's
doing a movie in the
Czech Republic.' I did the
audition for the lead
role, but the studio said,
'We need an American
girl.' Brian said, 'I really
want you in my movie
- will you be the maid?'
When we made The Artist, we shot in California. Being in
Hollywood with the cars, the drivers, you're just in the mood. I was
tap-dancing in my garage and always looking at the Hollywood
sign in the hills. I was in front of the Hollywood sign! It's inspiring.
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