Marion Cotillard smolders wearing Lanvin on the cover of the August 2010 edition of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

In her 5 page editorial which was shot by Cedric Buchet, Marion exudes effortless chic wearing Dior, Lanvin and Dolce & Gabbana.

The Dior muse and French film star talks about her thrilling new film, working with Leonardo DiCaprio in “Inception” as his love interest, the power of dreams and facing her fears.

Here are some extracts from her interview. You can read the full interview in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar which is on sale Monday July 5.

On DiCaprio: “It’s funny because all the movies I’ve seen of DiCaprio, I felt something very close. I’ve always known that I one day would work with him. I relate to him, to his way of acting and his way of working.”

On her connection with the theme of “Inception”: “The movie is about dreams and I have a very very busy night life. I’m totally fascinated by dreams.”

On her own nightmares: “Sometimes it’s really violent. Last time was weird – I was with a lot of people climbing a mountain and we sat down and we were watching the sunset, and suddenly I turned my back and I saw that the scenery that was in front of me was also behind me and then I started to realise that the world was folding outside – in.”

On facing her own fears: “I have a lot of fears. I try to work on it, because I think that fear keeps you from doing a lot of things. I think all the fears are related to your childhood, and even if you find the root, it’s not always enough to cure it. You can find the root but still be in fear. So I try to face what is ‘sick inside of me’.”

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