“I haven’t danced on Broadway in a very long time. I’ve never tap danced on Broadway…Ever! So to do an 8 minute 15 second tap number, you’ve got to condition yourself for that. I was not ready.”
2010: Cameron Mackintosh telling Samantha Barks she’s Éponine in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the O2.
2012: Cameron Mackintosh telling Samantha Barks she’s Éponine in the Les Misérables movie.
Growing up, Cotillard was full of self-loathing: “I really didn’t know how I would spend my life. I didn’t like anything about myself — my looks, my personality. I was very, very angry.” That persisted until a mini-intervention by her then-boyfriend when she was in her late 20s. “He would look at me and go, ‘Why are you hurting yourself, when it’s so easy not to be angry? Try another way.’ And I did.”