You directed a short movie for the brand three years ago, 'A Time For Everything', which has a strong family story. How important is family to you? It is always extremely important for me, especially when I became a mother. I only spent one night away from my daughter and she’s now four-and-a-half. I couldn’t imagine not being with her. I breast fed her until she was three. It was natural to me, as that was how I was brought up. I‘ve never had a nanny. I’d just become a mother when I made that film so the idea of lineage was so strong. And the thought of becoming a grandmother one day. If it had been any other time in my life I may have made a completely different movie but right then it felt like the most perfect fit.
What I find so interesting with luxury watches particularly is the history they have, and the history they will have when you buy one for your child or pass yours on to your child.
Which timepiece are you passing on? Unlike me when I was a child, my daughter loves fashion. I was a complete tomboy. She loves shoes, fashion and watches. Every time I wear a watch she asks if she can have it. I think she will probably 'steal' everything I have by the time she becomes a teenager.
What are you working on at the moment? I’m writing a film and have almost finished the first draft. A story about a model in her 40s and she’s been out of the business for a long time and she is brought back into the business. It’s about beauty and aging, being an artist, and how much you sell yourself as an artist. It's also about living in our society and the pressure of having to remain beautiful for ever.
Slightly autobiographical? Slightly. Definitely about being a woman and growing older. A place in my life — where you are conscious of the image you project especially when working with brands — compared to the image I had five years ago. We are all more exposed. We are all guilty of commenting on other peoples appearances and beauty. We are all expected to be so many different ways, big bottoms, small bottoms…it's forever changing.
Do you prefer being in front or behind the camera? I love directing what I’ve written. Unless you’re in the hands of a great director, you put so much effort into acting, and then half of it is likely to be cut out. However, if an amazing director came along and asked me, of course I'd love to act.
Where do you get your biggest inspiration for film? Life. The complexity of being alive and dealing with people you love who are dying. The planet, where it is going. Life is so intense right now. So many things to write about.
Most inspiring place you’ve been to in last year? I grew up on a farm in the south of France and I was there this summer. My father wasn’t well but it was filled with children. And being in nature, I find it very calming, especially when you are used to city life. Time stands still.
What would your ultimate role be? That’s difficult as you always think of a role already done by someone, and so well. I love costumes. There’s a series Outlander. The heroin Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe)...there are a lot of sex scenes…but she’s a pretty cool character. I like adventure.
What is the best gift you've received? My daughter, she is the most amazing thing. Objects come and go.