My Favourite Movies: Pauline Etienne

Hot Corn’s column in which musicians, actors, artists, directors tell us about their favourite movies

Pauline Etienne, who stunned us all with her fantastic turn in The Nun, has recently made the move not only to England, but into comedy, taking a starring role in Toby MacDonald’s charming boarding school set rom-com Old Boys. The Belgian, who has spent the majority of her career in France, spoke to The Hot Corn out in Macau at the international film festival, as she became the latest talent to tell us all about her very favourite movies.

Cheers! Etienne alongside Alex Lawther in Old Boys

What’s the first movie you ever fell in love with? I think the first movie I saw was Titanic, and I remember was not allowed to see the movie because it was late, and we were at home and I had to sleep, and my parents were downstairs and I remember I sneaked away to turn on the TV and watch part of the movie and then go back in my room after. It was the first movie I saw.


What is the one film you never get tired of watching? The Notebook. It’s a really beautiful love story, and the actors are great. I’m a sensitive girl!

Have they never heard of an umbrella?

What’s your favourite movie soundtrack? Hmm… I don’t know, there are so many!

Well, Etienne may not think of one – but we LOVED the soundtrack to her film Eden

What’s your guilty pleasure? It’s actually going to be a TV show, it’s Glee [Laughs[. I love musicals and I can watch musicals again and again and again. Like French musicals by Jacques Demy, I love those. Also musicals with Audrey Hepburn, I just love it.

Yeah, sorry, but Glee is definitely something to feel guilty about liking.

What’s the one scene that always makes you cry? I don’t know, sorry. I never cry in the same places when I watch a movie again, it depends on the feelings I have in the moment, I think.

Etienne’s latest film made us cry, anyway.

What’s your favourite ever English film? Old Boys. No, seriously, there’s a lot of movies. I love historical movies. I loved The Danish Girl. I just discovered it and I was amazed by this actor, he’s so great.

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

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