Actress Juliette Binoche had to muster up all her emotional courage to appear naked and without make-up in her latest film.

The 39-year-old French stunner stars as a beautician in the romantic comedy JET LAG - and while taking her clothes off was difficult for her, the character she played had an even tougher journey.

She says, "Nakedness is not just about not having any clothes on.

"For my character ROSE her make-up is like a mask. In the moment when she has no make-up on she shows her real self.

"I think you just have to have the courage to show yourself naked, and not just physically but also emotionally. It's about showing who and what we really are."

Binoche, who won an OSCAR for her role in The English Patient, also admits to feeling guilty about her American success.

She adds, "After the Oscar I made lots of French films - probably to work off my guilty conscience because I was abroad for so long."

24/09/2003 21:09