Crushing on Diane Kruger

The actress talks to Cosmo about the pressure to look good, her role in “The Host”, and being asked out by a fan.

Diane Kruger has been on our girl crush-radar for eons. Not only does she have impeccable style (she was a model after all), she dates one of our faves Joshua Jackson and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Diane starred in sci-fi flick The Host, a movie adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s book, where she plays the Seeker, whose sole aim is destroying the human race. We caught up with her to chat about it…

What were your first thoughts when you read the script? I imagine it would be, ‘how is this going to work?’

“Yes that’s for sure. When I spoke to Andrew Niccol on the phone, he explained how he was imagining the two voices which made it clearer. I trusted that he would have a vision.”

You were saying that you don’t do this kind of movie usually, are you talking about sci-fi?

“Teenage, you know, that sort of thing. I have never done a sci-fi film. I’m a huge sci-fi fan.”

I was about to ask you that because usually girls don’t really like sci-fi.

“I think that’s a myth. I know a lot of girls that love sci-fi. I think the world is so heightened. I’ve definitely gone to Comic-Con in a Darth Vader mask.”

The Meyer fans are pretty intense; did you know what you were getting yourself into?

“Oh my God, yeah they are. You feel like you’re part of a club, a secret club. I didn’t really quite understand the magnitude of it. I knew Twilight was big but I had no idea. We did a poster signing in Los Angeles and thousands of people showed up. It was actually really neat to see their devotion. It was so sweet; I got presents, I got asked out on a date. It was just so fun.”

Was it difficult at all to play a character that has to be quite emotionless?

“I wouldn’t say emotionless. I would say just perfectly poised. I think she’s just always pleasant. When you say some very mean things very matter-of-factly, it can be scary.”

At what point did you know that you wanted to become an actress?

“My favorite actress when I was little was Romy Schneider. She lived in Paris for a long time and made a lot of French films. I discovered them and moved to Paris. But I didn’t know that I could actually become an actress. I come from a very small rural village in Germany and I always thought you had to be discovered or born into an artistic family. I come from ballet so I loved being on-stage and then I was in Paris and I met a couple of actors and I saw her films. I went to drama school in France: it was like the moment I knew that’s what I was going to do. It’s amazing.”

Do you have some advice for young people who also want to become actors?

“You have really got to want it. You hear 'no' more often than 'yes' and you have to be prepared for that rejection. Also sometimes a film you’re in doesn’t turn out the way you envisioned it. That’s the worst actually. You have to have a lot of integrity because I think it’s much more challenging these days than it was maybe 30 years ago. There is a whole other layer of pressure especially for women in this industry.”

How so?

“Every time you step on the red carpet, every time you go to the supermarket it’s, what does she wear? It’s so ridiculous. She looks fat. Who is she dating? There is no sense of mystery. Not that I want to be mysterious but I feel like I’m just an actress. I didn’t sign up for having people see me buy toilet paper. I don’t really understand that.”

How do you keep self-esteem up in that environment?

“That’s another thing. It’s really difficult because you get rejected so much. You have to be a very strong personality. Everybody thinks they know you and they really don’t.”

How do you stay grounded? Did you get some good advice from the specific people in your life?

“I think it’s good to get advice from older actors and then you have to have your head on straight. It took me way too long to figure out that I’m never going to have a better part, a more beautiful challenging part than my own life. But it takes you a long time to realize. There is so much anxiety, especially in this city [Hollywood] – the next gig, what’s the next job, who’s the next hot thing? Everybody is just looking at their own navel basically and tapping themselves on the shoulder. Everybody wants to be an actor, a writer, a director. I don’t understand how you can even try to bring a character to life that it goes through losing their mom or something if the actor/actress sits in the f*g Chateau Marmont sipping cocktails every day.”

I take it you don’t live in Hollywood.

“I live here part time, but I had to make the decision of who I want to be; do I want to be an accomplished person or do I want to be another actress? Maybe it’s also that you meet your partner, somebody important in your life, and you make your decisions based on that. I choose my life over any part.”

Are there any actors working today that you look up to?

“Many. I admire a lot of actors actually. I’ve also learned that no career is ever going to be the same. The choices one person makes you might never get the opportunity to make those choices. The scary part is you don’t know.”

Would you create your own material?

“I’m trying. It’s hard. I’m trying to make the biography of Hedy Lamarr into a mini-series actually. We just found a producer: Gene Kelly who does Boardwalk Empire, is going to help me hopefully put it together.”

The Host is out on DVD today.