Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Scott Thomas happier in France

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in The Woman In The Fifth

Kristin Scott Thomas says she's happiest making films in France - but will come back to the UK if the role is good enough.

The 51-year-old actress moved to Paris when she was 19, and her two new films, The Woman In The Fifth and Bel Ami are set in the city.

Kristin said: "I wouldn't choose a bad film in France, over a good film in England."

But she added: "I love making films in the city where I live, because it makes life so much easier. And recently, it just so happens I've been asked to do quite a lot of really good films in France."

Based on the hit novel by Douglas Kennedy, Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's film The Woman In The Fifth co-stars Ethan Thomas as down-on-his luck writer trying to start again in Paris.

Divorced from French gynaecologist Francois Olivennes, the actress lives in the city with her three children.

As her acting has taken her around the world, she understands the guilt portrayed by Ethan in the film, of balancing the desire to be a great writer with the struggle to be a good parent.

"Once you choose an 'art' - a creative thing that can only come from your head - you're going to be torn between that and your duties as a parent", she said.

"You're constantly divided, sharing your emotions between your art and your children. Whether you're a painter, an actor, a writer, a musician - you just feel guilt!"

::The Woman In The Fifth is released in cinemas on Friday, February 17. Bel Ami is released on Friday, March 9

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