The 5-minute Interview: Juliette Binoche, actress

'Waking up and coming out of dreams is always surprising'
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The Independent Online

Binoche, 42, has starred in 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being', 'Chocolat' and 'The English Patient', for which she won an Oscar. Her latest film, 'A Few Days in September', opens in the UK on Friday

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Doing another interview.

A phrase I use far too often...

"I think..." "I feel..." and "I wish..." As an actor you forget yourself to play a role, and then you are asked all about yourself in interviews.

I wish people would take more notice of...

The environment. There is a lot of speaking, but not a lot of action.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Waking up in the morning and coming out of dreams is always surprising. Suddenly "Oh yes, I'm on earth."

A common misperception of me is...

I don't read what's being said so I don't know.

I am not a politician but...

You can be a responsible citizen. Whether it's turning off a light or helping someone, participating is a way to be political.

The ideal night out is...

With my kids and my lover. Or just a night alone – it's very fulfilling.

In moments of weakness I...

Take a bath, with candles, oils and music.

I'm good at...

Cooking. When you have kids you have to be.

I'm very bad at...

For me, it's about transformation and not judging myself.

You know me as an actress but in anotherlife I'd have been...

Anything artistic.

The best age to be is...

The eternal age inside.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Reach inside and go for it. It's about being oneself.

Alice-Azania Jarvis

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