She’s elegant and beautiful and has the gracefulness of French royalty — that would be Marion Cotillard that we’re talking about. She’s been on the Hollywood scene since 1994, consistently making us fall in love with her every time she sets foot on the silver screen. She has been in countless roles alongside some major Hollywood players, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, just to name a few. Plus, she’s one of the elite actresses out there who have earned the coveted Oscar statue. And not only is she a successful actress, but she also has a few business ventures that are becoming just as successful as she is. So not only is she stunning and talented, she seems to be smart as hell as well.
Lately, Marion has been in the media due to the rumors that she and Brad Pitt had a fling while they were together to shoot his most recent movie, Allied. In fact, the fling was even blamed for being responsible for Brad and Angelina splitting. Well, if the rumors were true, it certainly wouldn’t have been the first time that Brad cheated while shooting a film. Marion has denied all allegations, however, so maybe the rumor really was just that — a rumor. So even if we’ll never know for sure if Marion is actually diabolical, there’s one thing we can be certain of: this girl is sexy AF, and we have proof!
15. Those Gorgeous Eyes
This black dress shows off her cleavage in a delectable way. That’s the way Marion always seems to project herself though: as a stunning woman who also has immeasurable class. And while we may see her as being a relative newcomer to acting, she’s actually been in the industry for some time now. The girl seems to have acting in her genes because her mother, Niseema Theillaud, was an actress. In fact, even her father, Jean-Claude, who considers himself as more of a teacher, was an actor as well. So it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Marion turned out to be the wonderful actress that she is. She actually got into acting when she was sixteen when she starred in the TV show Highlander. It didn’t take her long to get into making movies though. Just five short years later, she was in her first film — a French one called Taxi.
This outfit is one for the books. How can she not be one of the sexiest women in the world? She is decked out in leather boots and an outfit that makes men all over the world weep. She looks confident and poised even though she barely has anything on. Plus, she exudes nonchalance as she puts on gloves, her hair hanging loose. This Paris-born stunner is actually the second French actress to land an Oscar, the first being Simone Signoret who won one in 1960. But it isn’t only with the critics that Marion is popular. In 2014, she was named “The Most Bankable French Actress of the 21st Century.” Now that’s a pretty awesome accomplishment! The title was bestowed upon her because her films sold crazy tickets in France. More specifically, between the years 2001 and 2014, her films sold over 37 million tickets.
13. The Casual Look
Even in a casual outfit with her hair hanging loose, she looks as sexy as ever. Her long sweater covers her for the most part, but her sexy long legs are there for everyone to see. I love her overall style; she makes looking sexy seem flawless. It’s kind of interesting, however, that Marion ventured into acting because she has said that she really always wanted to be a singer. She does do some singing, however, but she does it under the name Simone and often sings with the guidance of French singer Yodelice. In fact, she performed with him one time at the Olympia — quite an accomplishment really, so she must have some serious vocal chops. And not only is she a businesswoman, actress, and singer, but she’s also a spokesperson for Greenpeace. She certainly seems to be a very busy and accomplished woman.
12. Cleavage for All
French women just love showing off their cleavage, and Marion does it well. This shiny black leather dress is gorgeous on her, and it shows just how sexy the actress really is. We feel like she looks her best when she has her hair loose around her shoulders, just as she does in this photo. She usually keeps it fairly short, however, and seems to have never grown it out too long. Speaking about long, it took the sexy actress ten years to fall in love with her current husband, Guillaume Canet. She met him in 1997, just three years into her acting career. They then connected again while on the set of the movie, Love Me If You Dare, but they still didn’t get together. It wasn’t until another four years that the two fell in love. Ten years in total to get together? That’s got to be some sort of a record for love affairs for sure.
11. Fashion Forward
This insanely hot photo is not just a great fashion shot, but it also shows off Marion’s best asset: those legs that just seem to go on for days. She truly looks amazing no matter what she wears! This short black dress is particularly cute, however, and it reminds us that we can’t say enough good things about her gorgeous features. This girl is just iconically beautiful. And it’s not just us that thinks this girl is on fire fashion-wise. In 2010, Vogue Magazine named her the #2 best-dressed star in the world. They also went ahead and named her Woman of the Year the very same year. It’s easy to tell that being a fashionista is very important to Marion. After all, she is from Paris and has probably attended Fashion Week more than once. How could she not be more involved in fashion when she comes from Europe, which is, after all, practically the center of the fashion universe?
10. Loves to Laugh
A great picture of Marion that shows that she has a sensual persona, but also one that shows she has no problem with laughing. Her smile here is infectious; plus she has that daring cleavage that we can’t seem to get enough of. She certainly looks amazing in that daring and sexy red dress! Furthermore, the actress has had some notable roles in her career, making her one of the most bankable artists out there. In 2003, you might have recognized her in Tim Burton’s movie Big Fish; she did great in it, considering it was her first American film. She played alongside Billy Crudup and Ewan McGregor. She also starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception and had the pleasure of playing his love interest. She has certainly carved out a great career for herself, and it seems like she’s only getting started.
9. Lights, Camera, Action!
I love this picture because it’s hot and sexy, but also so artistic, too. She’s wearing an unusual outfit, but one that everyone has to admit is sexy af! As usual, there are those beautiful legs again, and as always, she looks best with her hair left down. She’s also holding a camera, which gives the photo a sense of mystery as it makes us wonder, “Who is Marion snapping a picture of?” Maybe Tim Burton? Marion was actually so obsessed with working with Tim that she did practically everything she could to get the role she had in Big Fish. Being a firm believer in doing all she can to achieve her dreams, she took the script for the movie and slept with it under her pillow because she believed it would increase the chances of her getting the call to be in the film. Well, it appears she knew what she was doing as she got the role and was cast in the movie.
8. Over the Shoulder
Finally, a picture of her with long hair. And the way it cascades down her back is truly stunning indeed. We just love that white dress that hugs her in all the right ways. And doesn’t this picture make us all agree that this stunning lady does her squats? Actually, this intense photo of her seems to reflect her taste when it comes to choosing roles. Her favorite characters to play are extreme ones; she doesn’t like playing the normal girl. She explains, “I do like extreme characters, but I think they are extreme because they are full of passion – they are rich inside. Tina Lombardi [from A Very Long Engagement] was such a beautiful character. What I love in her is that she’s not a cliché of the femme fatale. She’s just a girl who loves her man and feels desperate about losing him. It’s not just about revenge. She is in that huge country, searching for something. She’s lost, destroyed inside.”
7. Going for a Drive
What makes this shot amazing is that Marion looks like she has complete control of her life. The insane purple corset she is wearing really makes her whole style pop. Plus, her hair is loose and blowing in the wind, making her appear to ooze out confidence from her every pore. And it seems that confidence has actually served her well in her music career. Marion narrates, “A friend called me up who is an amazing singer who goes by the name Yodelice (Maxim Nucci). He said, ‘Would you come to the studio? I would love for you to sing one of my songs.’ So I went down and ended up going from a background singer to being in a duet. Then my friend said he was playing at the Olympia in Paris. So he asked me if I would sing with him there and I said, ‘Oh, yeah, of course.'” Later, Yodelice asked her, “Okay, now that you’ve done everything else, how about singing a song by yourself alone?” to which Marion replied, “Man, you are way out of your mind.” But still, Marion ended up accepting the offer, and she even ended up touring with Yodelice for two months.
6. Sex Appeal
A sweater and a sexy pair of black panties — what more could there possibly be to make this photo even more shockingly hot. And even with her hair left down and with hardly any makeup on, Marion looks amazing. It’s simple perfection. Surprisingly, however, this sexy vixen was not very popular in high school. She recalls, “At school I was that black thing in the corner. I was not popular at all. I think I was very boring… not boring because I didn’t talk, no, no it was terrible. I was not interesting at all. I thought I had no personality. I thought everybody was so cool, and I was not. You think things about yourself and then you start to give a little bit of love at least enough, to enjoy life. But I was, oooh.”
5. Red Hot Lips
In this photo, Marion has the look of a vampire with the shockingly pale skin and the blood-red lipstick. It’s certainly a stunning look for her! And despite how sexy she always looks in photos, the truth is that in general, she hates filming sex scenes. While promoting her 2012 film Rust and Bone, she explained, “I’ve never liked filming them [sex scenes] as I don’t feel comfortable. I am shaking; I feel very bad and I want to cry most of the time because I hate it so much. But here it was totally different. I was so involved with my character that I was happy she would enjoy something like that. It’s a movie about love, about flesh, about rust and bone and heart and sex, so without the sex scenes the movie would have missed something. The most emotional scene was after Stéphanie and Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts) make love for the first time, because I felt something that I never felt for a character before. I felt very moved for her because it’s the first time she’s had sex since she lost her legs. I was very moved because I was so happy for her.”
4. A Stunning Gaze
A great head shot of a girl who is all about class and elegance. This picture confirms that a woman doesn’t have to show her body in order for her to make a serious impact. The dress is beautiful, plus the way that her hair is styled is just perfect. And she’s even beautiful on the inside as she’s a huge supporter of Greenpeace. Marion shares, “I think this desire to protect the Earth comes from my family – especially my grandmother. I remember when I was a little girl at her house in Brittany. When she cooked, she wouldn’t waste anything. And my parents always raised me to believe that the most important thing was respect. Respect the place you live, be aware of the impact that you have on things. I was lucky to have this education growing up. I was born in Paris and raised in the suburbs and then lived in the countryside. We had a beautiful house with a huge garden. When I moved to the country, I was really connected to nature and the seasons. So when I finally went back to Paris, I had a very hard time connecting with the city again and the way we waste so much. I started to read and teach myself about the environment – and why it was not organic and natural to be living in the city.”
3. The Lady in Red
A stunning red dress that shows just how stunning she is when she’s all dressed up. The heels are sexy, and once again, her hair is left down. Somehow, she has the natural ability to exude an air of elegance that most women can’t. But actually, Marion has no idea why she ever became an actress since her childhood dream was really to sing. Somehow though, she followed a path that led her into the world of acting. “I’ve always wanted to be an actress but I never really asked myself why. I know now that I have this career for two major reasons: First, because it allows me to take such pleasure in work that I happen to be overwhelmed with happiness while acting. And second, because this job puts me the most in danger in relation to my emotional past.”
2. A Silhouette
A perfect silhouette of the actress that shows her level of grace. Actually, most every picture you see her in shows elegance, style, and confidence. In fact, Marion is apparently so confident that she seems pretty okay with growing old. She explains, “You know what? I’m not looking forward to it [growing old]. I know that it’s going to come. Some of the women around me, they tell me it’s not fun to get old. But it’s not about your look; it’s about the fact that you cannot run like you did when you were younger, or – it’s just about when your body gets tired and you don’t have the hundred percent energy sometimes. So it’s not something that I look forward to. But I have to say, since I’m a mum, I’m really looking forward to being a grandma. This is kind of my obsession right now. I hope my kids won’t wait so long, like me, to have kids, because I want to be a very healthy and young grandma. So it’s not getting old but being a grandmother … this is really something that I look forward to.”
1. Burlesque Style
A sexy photo of her in an outfit that looks very much like burlesque lingerie. She really can’t look sexier than she does in this picture, can she? The fiery red of her lingerie looks amazing against her pale skin and dark hair. She looks so utterly powerful. However, Marion doesn’t always feel so powerful when she’s being interviewed; she always fears she’ll say something wrong. “Being interviewed, that’s one of my problems. Talking about myself to someone I don’t know, and knowing that most of the time they will interpret in a bad way what I’m saying has turned me into a wild beast when it comes to press. I’ve noticed that it’s creating something kind of out of focus about myself. But, in a way, I don’t really care, even if sometimes I feel that the person being put out there is so far from who I am. As you said, being the same person everywhere, that’s something that I would love to feel, to achieve. But the thing is, I have a responsibility in creating this person who is not someone that I like at all.”