Everyone who watches this show knows I love Catherine
Deneuve. She's beautiful; she's a talented actress and now in her latest
film she even outrageously funny. She's got it all! Please welcome back
to "The View", the lovely Catherine Deneuve.
I bet you're dying to light
a cigarette, aren't you!
Almost, yes! (laughing)
The French love to smoke.
I think Americans do too; it's just that they are forbidden to smoke (laughs).
I think it its not very democratic, actually. I was in Toronto to present
the film yesterday, and I understand, you know, that you shouldn't smoke,
but I think there should be places where you can smoke, even in a public
place. That's not very democratic.
(only a few people in the audience are clapping in agreement)
No, you're right. But you
see it's in the minority here. They're sick of the smoking.
But even a minority has a right to exist. You need to remember that, huh?
OK, Catherine! (audience laughs)
No, I didn't mean that to you, personally! (laughing)
(Earlier in the program, the woman who interviewed Saddam
Hussein's mistress said that Saddam used the drug Viagra to help him perform
sexually. The hosts of the show had been making fun of him because of
Is Viagra a big drug in France?
I don't know. How should I know?
You don't know?
I've heard the name of course, but I don't know of anyone around me personally
who has been talking about it, but I was quite surprised to hear what
you said, I mean, what was mentioned before because I thought that to
bring Saddam to that level of being a weak man as a sexual man, I thought
was a very weak point. I hope there are better things to hold against
him than that.
Oh, yeah, but maybe if he's having trouble performing,
that may have something to do with his bellicose attitude, you think?
It might be nice if you could just get close enough to sing 'You can't
get it up!' That would make a man madder than anything!
(laughing and looking bewildered)
I don't think that's a song I will ever sing because I think to attack
someone on a sort of physical or sexual level is really a way to put him
down and then maybe to make him very aggressive.
That's true. He could turn
on your because you went there. Now, let's talk about your film
You have a lot of famous actresses
in France. I think everyone of you is the big star in France. That's a
very funny movie because there's a lot of cat fighting in this film, right?
Yes, because it's a family. It's a plot of a play that was done in the
50's and everything happens. There was a sort of murder scene that obliged
all the people of the family to stay in a room for two days so you can
imagine what it can be, the mother, the grandmother, the sister. Everything
happens within those two days.
Was there ever any real fighting behind the scenes
or did you girls get along?
No. That's the nice thing about having to do scenes like that in a film.
The activity can go into what you do in your work. No, no, it was a very
nice atmosphere. We were very supportive of one another.
How about the singing and
dancing. Now, I have one of your CDs. You signed it for me last time you
were here so I know that you sing but look at this!
(they show a clip of the film where CD is dancing)
Look at you on the left! You're
singing AND dancing. You're wacky in this movie!
(laughing) But we had fun, you know, doing that! We really had fun because
it was not like doing it as a serious thing. It was doing it as sort of
a candor to films, even American films from the 50's. It was really a
lot of fun.
So you weren't nervous about
No. I wasn't nervous about it. I worked with the choreographer who had
arranged everything for all the actresses because we all had a little
number in the film. No, I was not too nervous about it, no.
Were you nervous about the
scene with Fanny where the two of you were fighting and then you end up
kissing. Was that hard to do?
Well, we were a little nervous about it because it's true that it's not
something you do everyday being an actress to have to kiss another actress
or even to kiss an actor, you know. It's not that simple to have to do
that, but the director is also behind the camera, and he knew very will
the shots he wanted to do so it was very precise, and we didn't
Anyway, it was nice, you know. It was very soft (she
smiles and the hosts giggle).
I read that your parents were
both actors, yet your Mom didn't want you to become an actor.
Well, if I didn't become an actress, I would have stayed in school so
she wasn't too keen about it because she thought I wouldn't go to school,
which is true, you know. I stopped my studies, and that's why she was
not too happy about it, and I cannot blame her for that. Being a mother
today, I cannot blame her.
Both of your children are
actors as well. You did a film together recently called Time Regained.
What was it like working with your kids?
Well, it's the idea that I know they were in the film because we didn't
work together. There were a lot of characters in the film, and we never
had a scene together, but it was nice the idea that I know they were in
the film because they both had very beautiful parts.
How do you feel about them
being actors in general, though?
What can I do, you know! (laughing)
You're like the Redgraves
of France. There were the parents and now the next generation.
But I don't believe in that. I always think that maybe children are just
appealed to it because it's attractive, because what they see of what
we do is just the surface of things and maybe they don't realize what
it is. I'm not so much for the idea
I like the idea that children
do what they want, and they have an indication that allows them to go
maybe into other fields, but I was not to keen about it. Now they have
done it. They chose to do that so I worry more for what they do than if
they were in another profession. That's the trouble for me.
Now you've been chosen to
be the face of L'Oreal cosmetics. You're promoting that now. It's a new
line of hair products. You have beautiful hair, by the way. I read that
you have a "no air brush" clause in your contract. Is that true?
NO! (bending over laughing out loud)
Well, you don't need it.
Everybody needs it, you know, for close-ups.
I'm sitting right next to
you. You don't need it.
When you do close-ups for a photo that will be in the papers or magazines,
you need it. Everybody does it. Even the most beautiful models you can
see are always air brushed, but actually, I had to discuss with them because
I didn't want to have too much brush because I didn't want people seeing
my photo and saying 'but that's not her. She's not like that'. I hate
.because of my pride, I think it's the other
way around. I don't want to be too retouched because you have to not be
a shock in life when people see you, so I insisted that I wanted to look
good, but I didn't want to look thirty-five because I'm not thirty-five.
I had to insist because I didn't agree with the retouching the way they
did it because it looked too clean.
Well, you don't need it.
(laughing) I do! Everybody does; everybody does! The human eye, you know,
is much nicer than a camera. The camera is very sharp.
Yes, that's true, and it's
I'm telling America this woman
looks as good today as she did when she was 35.
No, no. (smiling)
Yes, you do!
It's different, you know!
(they all laugh together and thank CD for being on