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Julie Dreyfus

Julie Dreyfus, 2007
Born Julie Dreyfus
January 24, 1966 (1966-01-24) (age 43)
Paris, France
Occupation French film actress
Years active 1992 ─ present

Julie Dreyfus (born January 24, 1966) is a French actress.

Dreyfus, who speaks fluent Japanese, French, and English, is well known in Japan, where she made her TV debut on a French-language lesson program on NHK's educational channel in the late 1980s, and has appeared on the TV show Ryōri no Tetsujin (Iron Chef) as a guest and judge. She is best known to Western audiences for the role of Sofie Fatale in the film Kill Bill and has been associated with Quentin Tarantino, who is a good friend.


Early life

Julie was born and raised in Paris, the only child of French actress Pascale Audret and producer Francis Dreyfus. She spent her summers in the U.K. She started learning Japanese in 1985 at the Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization at the University of Paris, after studying interior design and becoming interested in Japanese architecture. She moved to Japan to study at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies for a six-month intensive Japanese course, thinking she would eventually land a job in interior design.[1] After finishing the course, she moved to Tokyo working part time in a design studio while continuing her private Japanese lessons. In 1988, she worked as a French language instructor on the NHK morning television educational program. Centering on a mystery drama, chief producer Motoyoshi Sei hired Dreyfus to increase ratings by changing the program into an episode-format.[2] Eventually, she was cast by Japanese network executives as the 20-something beauty in several TV and film roles, leading her to become a gaijin tarento (foreign talent). She was also a judge on the cult-hit cooking show Ryōri no Tetsujin (Iron Chef).

Film career

Dreyfus appeared as a white-collar villain in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill, Volume 1. She was a member of the 2007 Gérardmer Film Festival, which honored her Kill Bill co-star David Carradine.[3][4]

Dreyfus appeared in Vinyan in 2008 and in Tarantino's war epic Inglourious Basterds in 2009, as Francesca Mondino, a fictional French interpreter and mistress for Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.[5] She also appeared as a translator in the Leos Carax short film entitled Merde in the feature film Tokyo!


  1. ^ Ehrman, Mark (6 October 2003). "Dressed to 'Kill'". Variety: pp. 16.  
  2. ^ "Fun factor injected into language programs". The Daily Yomiuri: pp. 10. 26 April 1993.  
  3. ^ "Ouverture du 14è festival du film fantastique de Gérardmer" (in French). Agence France Presse (Vosges). 31 January 2007.  
  4. ^ "La comédie primée à Gérardmer" (in French). Le Progrès. 6 February 2007.  
  5. ^ "From Fatale to Inglorious"

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