Considered to be one of Britain’s finest exports, Marianne Jean-Baptiste has always been an actress to difficult to define. With such an eclectic range of projects and characters, she recently stole the show in Peter Strickland’s chilling ghost-story-cum-thriller In Fabric. When back in her hometown of London (she has since deserted us for America) we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her over a coffee, and when we weren’t discussing South London, we spoke all about her very favourite movies.
What’s the first movie you ever fell in love with? I fell in love with Rue Cases Négres. I also fell in love with La Heine as well.
What’s the one film you never get tired of watching? In the Mood For Love. It’s beautiful. It’s a painting, it’s like being at an art gallery, and going from one painting to another. Wong Kar-Wai. It’s stunning.
What’s your favourite ever movie soundtrack? Oh gosh! Don’t do this to me. Man, I love Once Upon a Time in America, and I love Timbuktu, that soundtrack is incredible, what an incredible score. It has to be that one.
What’s your guilty pleasure? My 600 Pound Life [laughs].
What’s the one scene that always makes you cry? That’s a really tough one. Hmmm. That one I don’t know. I remember though, I remember the first time I ever saw The Deer Hunter, I remember waking up the following day and crying, it’s an amazing movie. I remember feeling so sad still about it, that I cried the following day, so maybe we can say that. That was John Cazale’s last movie, and I think Robert De Niro actually paid the insurance so that he could do it.