Bad news has arrived for fans of French film especially, and those who have come to love the work of Kristin Scott Thomas. She is one of the most talented actresses that has been seen in recent years, but has now decided to end her career.
Kristin Scott Thomas is an actress who has been seen in a handful of American films, but she is primarily known for her work in French films.
She recently announced that she will be quitting as an actress, although she does have a handful of films that are still scheduled to come out in the near future. She reached a point last year for the first time in her life where she felt that she could not go on any longer.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Kristin Scott Thomas said “I realized I’ve done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can’t do it any more. I’m bored by it. So I’m stopping. The kinds of films that I do are usually quite rapidly put together, and it always seems to be a little bit of a shambles. I like filming, but what I don’t like is having to rearrange things and rewrite scenes. I just can’t be bothered.”
The actress is a native of England, but after having spent the majority of her life living in Paris, she feels that she is more French than British. The multilingual actress has had success in both languages, and may be known best to American audiences for her roles in The Horse Whisperer and The English Patient. Her role in The English Patient also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
"I'm often asked to do something because I'm going to be a sort of weight to their otherwise flimsy production": Kristin Scott-Thomas
— Ernesto Diezmartinez (@Diezmartinez) February 4, 2014
She was recently seen playing Ryan Gosling’s mother in the intense and disturbing film Only God Forgives, which was released in the summer of 2013. Thomas has been seen in numerous films throughout her career, which began in 1984 with a miniseries called Mistral’s Daughter.
In the past 30 years, she has made 65 films, touching on two languages, and a variety of subjects. While she has had a lengthy and successful career, she is only 53, and has plenty of time to return to film if she chooses to later on.
After appearing in an average of more than two films per year throughout her career, Kristin Scott Thomas has considered herself a workaholic, and now jokes that she is a “recovering actress.”
Her latest, The Invisible Woman, is coming to theaters soon, and she has two more films that are in post-production, with one in pre-production. Some of her notable French films include Tell No One, I’ve Loved You So Long, and Love Crime.
In the latter part of her career, Kristin Scott Thomas has had bigger roles in small French films, while continuing her career in English films with smaller roles. She will be taking a break indefinitely, but perhaps fans can hold out some hope that she will return to the cinema eventually.
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