She may play quintessential English women to perfection, but Kristin Scott Thomas does not have national-treasure status in this country. For starters she's rarely done British TV, which means we don't get to see enough of her. Secondly, she has lived in Paris since she was 19 and considers herself French. Thirdly, she has a reputation for being as posh and chilly as a draughty stately home.
Which is all rather unfair, as she is a fine and versatile British actress and rather good fun to boot. This morning she has pitched up for the Observer shoot in a Paris hotel without the entourage typically surrounding high-maintenance actresses.
'Are you sure I don't look like a barrage balloon?' she says, dubiously smoothing down the gorgeous but undeniably flouncy dress from Dior that the fashion team has picked out for her.
All this to publicise a film in which, to be honest, she doesn't have the biggest part. The Other Boleyn Girl features not one, but two young Hollywood stars - Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman - who play the Boleyn sisters.