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“I really believe in destiny. If something needs to happen, it will happen,” she says. “I trust life.”

Miss Tautou, whose next project is a French biopic of fashion designer Coco Chanel, would love to star in more American features.

“I’m very open to working outside my country,” she says. “It’s always an enriching experience.” That said, she isn’t optimistic she’ll be mentioned in the same breath as Reese Witherspoon or Julia Roberts anytime soon.

“It’s a lot of work to create your little space in America, in Hollywood,” she says. “As little as I am, I don’t know if I could have that little space.”