Isabella Rossellini: Model says being a Hollywood icon is tough

'It's depressing having to be a fantasy!': Isabella Rossellini says being an icon is the toughest job of all (poor dear)

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10:39 GMT, 21 August 2012

It's tough at the top. Just ask Isabella Rossellini.

The model, actress and film-maker has said that being a Hollywood icon is a big job – even bigger than acting itself – and enough to leave anyone feeling glum.

Even borrowing clothes for red carpet events is a full-time occupation.

Isabella Rossellini says that borrowing dresses and jewellery for red carpet events is a 'full-time job'

Isabella Rossellini says that borrowing dresses and jewellery for red carpet events is a 'full-time job'

Speaking to the Financial Times, 60-year-old Rossellini – who famously starred in David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet with Dennis Hopper – confessed that glitzy showbiz events are an exhausting affair, whether you're a man or a woman.

The Italian daughter of the late Italian film director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman said: 'The
next day, there are TV programmes, and magazines, and it's all “Do you
like the dress or not like the dress” and “Did she look fat”

'To keep
borrowing dresses and jewellery is like a full-time job. And you have to
be a fantasy, which you can never be, so you always feel depressed.

'To
be an icon is a big job – it's beyond acting. And sometimes it pays and
sometimes it doesn't.

'I remember when we were doing Blue Velvet,
Dennis Hopper was just out of rehab. We hadn't seen him in a very long
time, and we all said, “Oh, it's so great to see you, you are such an
icon,” and he said, “Icon, icon: who will pay my bills”''

Model, actress and film-maker Isabella Rosselini attends a starry party in New York

Isabella Rossellini at the Museum of Art and Design in New York in February

Isabella Rossellini attends many public events but is more comfortable at home in Long Island where she raises guide dogs

In effort to escape the red carpet lifestyle, Rossellini, who is fascinated by animals, left New York for Bellport, Long Island, five years ago.

She now raises guide dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation on her 30 acres of land, and has applied for planning permission to turn the property into a working farm.

She is also studying for a degree in animal studies at New York University and will graduate in May.

The actress began writing and directing her own short films six years ago, and is especially interested in the lives of insects, creatures which she finds fascinating because 'they are so far from us: they are hermaphrodites, or they change sex'.

Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, 60, appears in a new ad campaign for luxury brand Bulgari (above)

Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, 60, appears in a new ad campaign for luxury brand Bulgari

Though she describes herself as 'basically retired', Rossellini is in fact the new face for luxury
goods and jewellery brand Bulgari.

The model, who served as the face of beauty giant Lancome for 14
years, recently appeared in an ad campaign for her new line of namesake
handbags for the brand, titled the Isabella Rossellini collection.

Rossellini was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the line's ad campaign, and in one image appears is perched upon a plush couch,
wearing a navy frock and carrying a red calf-leather tote handbag from
the forthcoming collection.

Isabella Rosseillini as Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch's Blue Velvet in 1986

Isabella Rosseillini as Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch's Blue Velvet in 1986

Isabella Rossellini in 1990

Isabella Rossellini pictured in 2006

Italian model and actress Isabella Rossellini in 1990, left, and in 2006, right