Away from the cameras, Juliette Binoche happily ditches the makeup. "I feel very free to be myself," she says. But it's getting tougher for the 37-year-old French actress to go unnoticed, especially since this year's Oscar nod for her starring role in Chocolat
. Out toy shopping in L.A. recently for son Raphael, 7 (by ex-beau Andre Halle, a professional scuba diver), and daughter Hanna, 17 months (with boyfriend Benoit Magimel, 27, an actor), the 5'6" Binoche says that she "felt trapped" by paparazzi, so she foiled them by throwing a white cloth over her head. "I went like a ghost out of the shop," she explains. When Binoche, who lives outside Paris, is feeling more cooperative, the lens captures "the beauty of a grown woman," says her sister, photographer Marion Stalens, 39. "Something that still surprises me is how shadows move across her face." Binoche's beauty has special power over men. "This woman is luminous, and it is very hard to hold your ground across the room with her," says Chocolat executive producer Harvey Weinstein. "I get reduced to Silly Putty like everybody else."