Have you heard of the French actor, Béatrice Dalle? I first discovered her - when I was at university - in the Claire Denis film “Trouble Every Day”, which gave me nightmares. Her breakout role was in a film called “Betty Blue” (1986), which I have never watched so disturbed was I by the plot (thanks Wikipedia). I find Béatrice to be unabashedly sexy - there’s something incredibly raw about both her looks and the way she carries herself.
Thanks to Twitter, I came across a Guardian interview with her yesterday. Apparently, I’m not the only one to find her sexy: she once dated Rupert Everett who is openly gay. But no big deal because “Rupert is gay, but I am...Béatrice Dalle”. The Guardian interview is in fact part of the promotion trail for Everett’s Oscar Wilde film, in which Dalle stars. And it is choc-a-bloc of one-liners such as the one I just shared.
There’s something refreshing about Dalle’s candour - she doesn’t appear to care about being likeable, something that not every woman can get away with unfortunately. The part about the cadaver’s ear blew my mind (Google it). And why did she like Prince Charles but hate Princess Diana?? I also salute her for admitting that she’d "...rather have a Bounty than a baby”. Not every woman feels the desire to be a mother and that shouldn’t be taboo.
Béatrice Dalle is definitely not my new religion but her attitude got me thinking (once again) about how quick society can be to diminish or shame outspoken women whilst celebrating men with similar character traits. There’s a lot of expectation on women to stay within the realm of “respectable” or “nice” because as soon as we're not, we slide into the territory of a “bitch” or a “whore”. That seems incredibly unfair, suspiciously so right? I remember hearing my mum label certain girls I went to school with as “trouble”. Loaded comments like this build up over time - we’re probably all guilty of saying or thinking something mean about another woman, which shames me to say. These days I make sure to keep myself in check when it comes to judgement but it still exists all around us.
You can read the whole article here (The Guardian).