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Posted Tue, January 25, 2011 5:17pm EDT

Diane Kruger Gets Gorgeous & Glam For The New Issue Of 'Gotham'! Pics!

Filming in rough conditions only toughened the spirit of Karl Lagerfeld’s muse!

Many actresses consider “roughing it” to be applying their makeup without a team, but when Diane Kruger spent months living in a Himalayan yurt to film her role as a journalist kidnapped by the Taliban in Special Forces, her priorities quickly changed.

“Eighteen hour car rides, dirt roads that are not really roads, freezing cold at night, everyone is sleep deprived, and everything is incredibly difficult and hard,” Kruger, 34, says of the conditions in the Feb. 2011 issue of Gotham magazine. “I’ve broken down crying sometimes, but so have many of the boys.”

But Kruger still has plenty of time for high fashion, taking many cues from good friend Karl Lagerfeld.

“Karl designed a haute-couture gown for me that I wore to the premier of Troy in Cannes,” Kruger says. “I still have the sketch. I look at him as a mentor.”

But perhaps Kruger’s biggest joy is returning to her German roots, which she accomplished while filming Unknown, also set to be released in 2011. Shooting took place in Berlin, which was a brief train ride away from her hometown of Algermissen.

“[Working close to home is] pretty cool for me, cool for my family; my mom is able to visit,” Kruger says. “I’m from this little village of 5,000 people, so I feel incredibly lucky to have opportunities that can make something like this happen.”

It’s great when such a glamorous star doesn’t forget her roots!

— William Earl