- “And everybody just heard about Tarantino’s project, so everybody was like, “Oh, nobody’s gonna read the script.” And he just sent the script to every actress he wanted to meet. So I just read the script. At the end of the script I was like “OK, I want to do that.” It was not like, “Oh, I want to do that!” It was like, “Oh, I’m Shosanna.””
- ―Mélanie Laurent about her role
Mélanie Laurent (born 21 February 1983) is a French actress, model, director, singer, and writer. She became known to international audiences for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, for which she won Best Actress from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association.
Quentin Tarantino met Mélanie Laurent in three rounds and played all the characters on the first. On the second one, he shared the lines with her, and the third one, it was dinner face-to-face. During the dinner, he told Laurent, "Do you know something-there's just something I don't like. It's that you're famous in your country, and I'm really wanting to discover somebody." Laurent replied "No, no, no. ... I'm not so famous." And after four days he called and finalized her for the role of Shosanna.