Marion Cotillard has felt "lost" in the past.
The 37-year-old actress only realised her purpose in life a few years ago.
Marion discussed the similarities between her and the character she plays in her Oscar-tipped movie Rust and Bone during a private luncheon to support the film at Brasserie Ruhlmann in New York City on Tuesday.
"I know that feeling to be lost... Not now, but a few years ago when I was lost and didn't know the purpose of life," Marion confessed to the New York Post. "You know, when you start asking questions to yourself and you don't have any answers and you're just lost? It happens to many people."
In Rust and Bone Marion plays whale trainer Stephanie who suffers a terrible accident. As a consequence of the incident Stephanie loses her legs, and Marion likened her own feeling of being lost to her character's disconnection from life.
"She doesn't feel life," Marion explained. "So she is pretty violent and cold and tough because she protects herself from being empty in a way."
Marion's luncheon followed her success earlier this week where she received an honour at The Gotham Independent Film Awards in recognition of her film career.
The French brunette is a favourite to scoop more nominations and honours as the awards season builds.
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