Actually, its very funny because I work in Hollywood but I never stay in Hollywood. I dont have a house. I just have my agent and when I come its just because they have to shoot. So, I dont need to live in America to work in America. And I know that Im very lucky to have the possibility to stay in Italy, to work with directors like Tornatore, Gabriele Muccino, and then come to France and work with Gaspar Noe who did Irreversible with me. And then come to America and work with directors like Mel Gibson or the Wachowski Brothers or Spike Lee and Terry Gilliam. I know that Im very lucky.
How do you feel about the American perception that youre this ultimate, foreign, exotic beauty?
I have no idea how Im perceived in America because I dont live the reality of America. You know, I come there just when I have to promote a movie or when I have to shoot, but I dont live the everyday life in New York or Los Angeles. So for me, I really dont know what to say. I can say that when I come to America what I like is the energy. There is an incredible energy. And there are very good movies because if I think about Magnolia, American Beauty, then you have Spider-Man and then you have Lost in Translation, this is what [I like]. All those different possibilities. And I know that when I make an American movie, I know the film goes everywhere, all over the world. And for an Italian movie or French movie, this is more difficult to have an international opportunity. But still, as a European, I need to stay in Europe and I make Italian movies, French movies. Then [to] come to America is something interesting for me. Im not ready to make an American movie just because its American. I need to find the right project and the right character.