- “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
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.