If you loved films like Chocolat, The English Patient, and more recently 1,000 Times Goodnight, you are no stranger to Juliette Binoche. She has acted in over 40 feature films and has won all sorts of awards. An acclaimed actor, she is also a versatile, intelligent and creative woman.
I ran across a recent webchat sponsored by The Guardian where Juliette Binoche had this to say about regret and jealousy:
Regret is not a feeling I live with. I did make mistakes but I hope I learned from them. Usually the difficulties make you feel more what you need and what you don’t need. It allows you to grow and really follow your intuition. Making choices from your head is never a good choice but being in touch with your heart, no matter what mistakes you’ve made, you will never regret it.
When you see a film that has been acted by another actress and that is very well acted – I have always experienced joy. Because great art makes you feel better. It never diminishes you.
I went through times that were not always easy but I have always tried to be in a creative mode through theatre, films, painting or dance. When you make that choice, there is no need of jealousy.
I love the idea that great art makes us feel better and therefore never diminishes us or makes us jealous of the artist. I’m also intrigued by the idea that regrets come from the decisions we make with our heads instead of our hearts. I know my decision to pursue a writing career was a heart decision, and one I’ll never regret.
What do you think? (Or should I say, what do you feel?)
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Juliette Binoche is currently touring the US in a production of the play, Antigone. I am currently writing like crazy on a new novel, as well as the sequel to The Secret Sense of Wildflower. It’s all good. xo
Susan Gabriel is the acclaimed southern author of The Secret Sense of Wildflower (named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews) and other southern novels, including Temple Secrets, Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories and others. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina.