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Mélanie Laurent

Laurent at a premiere for Inglourious Basterds in August 2009
Born February 21, 1983 (1983-02-21) (age 26)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, Director, Writer
Years active 1999–present
Domestic partner(s) Julien Boisselier
Damien Rice

Mélanie Laurent (born 21 February 1983) is a French actress, director and writer.


Early life and career

Laurent was born in Paris, the daughter of a ballerina[1] and a voiceover actor (who dubs the character Ned Flanders in the French version of The Simpsons).[2] Laurent is Jewish,[3][4][5] and has both Ashkenazi and Tunisian Sephardic ancestry.[5] A grandfather survived deportation by the Nazis.[5] Her maternal grandparents were film poster editors.[1] She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris and was immersed from birth in the arts.[1]

Laurent has appeared in 20 films between 1999 and 2009. She starred in the film Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas (2006), for which she won a César Award for Most Promising Actress. In 2006, Laurent and Belgian actor Jérémie Renier were awarded France's Romy Schneider and Jean Gabin Prizes for "most promising actor and actress."[6]

In 2008, Laurent directed and wrote De moins en moins which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a 7-minutes film about a patient who, in front of her psychiatrist, "remembers less and less"[7]... and À ses pieds,[8] an erotic short film aired on the French television channel Canal+ on 25-26 October 2008.[8]

Laurent was scheduled to direct her first play, Mi-cuit cœur pistache (name of a dessert she particularly likes) in January 2009 at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. She had to abandon the project during the preparations and rehearsals when she was cast as Shosanna Dreyfus in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds. Her then-partner Julien Boisselier, as well as Marie Denarnaud, Mélanie Doutey and Louise Monot were to act in the production while short movie clips were to be projected on stage, some of them shot at the nightclub Le Baron, which Laurent used to frequent during the writing period.[9]

Laurent also had planned another feature film, Putain de pluie !, whose script she co-wrote with Morgan Perez and which she intended to direct, produced by Alain Attal's Productions du Trésor. Originally set for filming in the spring of 2009, it was postponed because of her work on Inglourious Basterds.[9] [10] Knowing that she could speak French and had already acted in French in one of the short films in Paris, i love you she offered the first role to Natalie Portman who declined because of the language of the script.[7]

Personal life

Laurent had a long relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier. She describes recording artist Damien Rice and Tarantino as her two "masters".[11] With Rice she is recording her first album between Woodstock, New York and his home in Ireland. Living in his home in Ireland inspired her to maintain a compost heap and eat organic food.[12] [1]

Laurent has recently visited a Climate Defenders Camp in the peatlands of the Indonesian Rainforest with Greenpeace activists. She is also one of the Climate Ambasadors for Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum "Tck Tck Tck" Campaign.[13 ]



As actress

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Un pont entre deux rives Lisbeth
2000 Route de nuit Francesca TV
2001 Ceci est mon corps Clara
2002 Embrassez qui vous voudrez Carole
2003 La Faucheuse Isabelle
Jean Moulin, une affaire française Alice Arguel (jeune) TV
Snowboarder Célia
2004 Une vie à t'attendre La jeune fille à l'usine
Rice Rhapsody Sabine
Le Dernier jour Louise
2005 De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté Minskov's Girlfriend
Les Visages d'Alice Alice
2006 Indigènes Marguerite dans le village des Vosges
Dikkenek Natacha
Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas Élise "Lili" Tellier César Award for Most Promising Actress
2007 L'Amour caché Sophie
Le Tueur Stella
La Chambre des morts Lucie Hennebelle
2008 Paris Lætitia
The Business Trip Hotel receptionist
2009 Shoe at Your Foot Chloé
Inglourious Basterds Shosanna Dreyfus Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Le Concert Anne-Marie Jacquet
2010 The Round Up Annette
2011 Beginners filming

As director and writer

Year Film Other notes
2008 De moins en moins Short film
X Femmes Short film (1 episode)


  1. ^ a b c d Le Vaillant, Luc (2009-06-08). "Mélanie Laurent : coup de fougue". Libé Retrieved 2009-08-27.  
  2. ^ "Mélanie Laurent - Director, Screenwriter, Actress". French movies professional directory. uniFrance. Retrieved 2009-08-21.  
  3. ^ WENN (2009-08-14). "Laurent is happy to be the 'face of Jewish vengeance'". Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  4. ^ Gorov, Lynda (2009-08-16). "Glorious women". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  5. ^ a b c Elles s’appellent toutes Mélanie, Le Monde 2, p.50-3, 12/05/2007, par Dominique Frétard
  6. ^ James, Alison (2006-10-17). "Renier, Laurent win thesp kudos, Pair appear in police thriller 'La Chambre des morts'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-30.  
  7. ^ a b Antheaume, Alice (2008-05-20). "Mélanie Laurent: «Je vais demander à Natalie Portman de tenir le premier rôle de mon film»". Retrieved 2009-10-21.  
  8. ^ a b "X Femmes" à minuit sur C+ (-18)" (in French). le blog TV News. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2009-08-21.  
  9. ^ a b Reygner, Laureline (2008-09-25). "La sublime et talentueuse Mélanie Laurent est sur tous les fronts !". Retrieved 2009-10-21.  
  10. ^ "Hommage au Producteur Alain Attal en sa présence". Retrieved 2009-10-21.  
  11. ^ Interview: Melanie Laurent for Inglourious Basterds
  12. ^ "La vie en vert de Mélanie Laurent". Elle (magazine). Retrieved 2009-11-13.   (interview)
  13. ^ "Inglourious treehuggers dam climate change!". Greenpeace International. 03 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-13.  

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