What Marion Cotillard did for her art | EW.com


What Marion Cotillard did for her art

The ''La Vie en Rose'' star explains what it took to transform into Edith Piaf

”Edith was 47 when she died, but she looked 80. And that was scary because you have to feel the time and turn [on] a whole life. Lip-synching is the hardest thing to do. It’s very technical and you have to rehearse forever not even to sing but to breathe like her. I asked for a vocal coach because I needed to understand her technique. I took all the songs and I calculated the length of the notes, of the silence and how she would take the breath, and then I rehearsed. And I did it again and again and again. I taped myself until it was okay — I wouldn’t stop. I shaved two centimeters of my hair to have a bigger [forehead] and I shaved my eyebrows. I had such a face during that time! But the role is so amazing that I would have shaved everything for this.”