Isabelle Huppert Remembers 'Amour' Co-Star Emmanuelle Riva: "She Was Like a Diamond for Me"

Isabelle Huppert (left), Emanuelle Riva

The 'Elle' star recalls that Riva told her she was meant to be a seamstress, but was discovered by Alain Resnais and landed her breakthrough role in his film ‘Hiroshima mon amour.'

"Emmanuelle once told me the journey of her life, which was quite amazing. She was born in Vosges, a countryside village in the east of France. She was meant to be a seamstress, but she went to Paris, was discovered by Alain Resnais and landed her breakthrough role in his film Hiroshima mon amour.

"She never submitted to any of the usual codes of the life of an actress; she was pure and strong. For each role, she would create her own world for herself, and she would carry something so undefinable that you could call it poetry. You understood so many feelings by her behavior and by the way she just was — she was so touching and moving, sometimes even to tears."

This story first appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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