Xavier's mother is Canadian, and is of three quarters French-Canadian and one quarter Irish descent (the surname "Dolan" is Irish). Xavier's father is Egyptian, from Cairo.
Personal Quotes (7)
[on directing oneself in a film] I don't want to be brash, but you just do it. It's not complicated. I love it. I sit down on the chair to do the scene, and then I get up, ask for the playback. And if it's bad it's bad. If it's good it's good. I won't hesitate a second if it's bad.
For me, hipsterism is for one to appropriate the codes of a social class or another milieu that wasn't theirs originally, in order to define their personality through something different and unique. Which is why a lot of hipsters live downtown and they're dressed as farmers. Then you have the Oscar Wilde hipster: the dandy. But pushed to the extreme. The edge. People are costumed. Its a disguise or something. For me, thats a sign of a loss of people believing in themselves, and of self-confidence.
Even the characters that seem so far away intellectually or socially, for me, when they speak, it will always be my words.
I was a very violent kid. I think movies and writing and art have been a way of channeling this.
I've been recording forever. I'm a watcher. I'm a stalker. I love everything about people. It's always been a passion for me to observe.
[on Marion Cotillard] I have like a mega, mega crush on her. And I think we have a special connection too.
[on the bad reviews It's Only the End of the World (2016) received at Cannes] You're always ready for people not liking your work. But I feel that there's a rather baffling misunderstanding. (...) If the guy who gives Creed (2015) five stars and "Fast and the Furious" four stars and-a-half is saying that Marion Cotillard is a bore in my movie, then it really is the end of the world. And you wonder what the fuck he's doing here.