Melanie Laurent

BATD ON Aug 05, 2009 AT 12:53 pm

Melanie Laurent

Melanie Laurent

Hailing from Paris, France, this elegant young actress is definitely one to look out for.  However, it wasn’t until later in her teens that she got into acting seriously. Melanie was born to a ballet teacher and an actor, but that wasn’t what motivated her to act. It wasn’t until she was discovered by French actor and director Gerard Depardieu while visiting the set of a film with a friend . He was so impressed by her that he gave her a role in his next film ‘Un Pont Entre deux Rives’. Even though her role in the film was small, it did enough to spark her interest in acting. At the mere age of 17 she was cast in the film ‘Ceci est mon Corps ’ which went on to earn 10 Ceaser nominations in 2001 after being presented in the Cannes Film Festival.

Melanie dancing with Quentin Tarantino at Cannes

Melanie dancing with Quentin Tarantino at Cannes

After appearing in the comedy ‘Summer Things’ (English Title) playing the girlfriend of Gaspard Ulliel’s character, she started to gain recognition as an actress. The pair later went onto star in another film ‘La Dernier Jour’ or ‘The Last Day’ which served as a break out role for both of them.  In 2007 she won a Ceaser award for Most Promising Actress for her role in “Je Vais Bien, Ne T’en Fais Pas” which received a wide variety of acclaim.

From that point on she started getting several leading roles and is quickly becoming a promising talent in the business.  She has also tried her hand in writing along with acting. Her recent role in the Quentin Tarantino’s film ‘Inglorious Basterds’ is set to gain her even more fame internationally. Her upcoming roles include the film ‘La Rafle’ English title ‘The Round Up’ which is set to be released in 2010 and includes fellow French actor Jean Reno. With her quirky cute sense of style we certainly hope to see lots more of her in the future.

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