Rachel Weisz

BATD ON Apr 29, 2009 AT 5:20 pm

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Though many actresses today skip school and start producing films at young ages, Rachel Weisz has proven that an education can be an important part of a successful acting career.

Beginning her career in modeling at age fourteen, Weisz was encouraged by her parents to stay in school and attended Trinity Hall at Cambridge. Though she studied English, she began pursuing her acting interests and co-founded the drama group the Talking Tongues, which won a Guardian Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Finally done with school, Weisz took to the stage with appearances in plays like Noel Cowards ‘Design for Living’. She quickly moved to film and had small roles in movies like ‘Stealing Beauty’ (1996) with Liv Tyler and Joseph Fiennes, and ‘Chain Reaction’ (1996) with Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.  But, her big break came in 1999 when she starred in the big hit ‘The Mummy’ with Brendan Fraser, as well as its sequel ‘The Mummy Returns’ (2001).

After ‘The Mummy’ Weisz had made a name for herself and moved on to leading roles in bigger films like ‘Enemy at the Gates’ with Joseph Fiennes, ‘About a Boy’ with Hugh Grant, and ‘Runaway Jury’ with John Cusack and Dustin Hoffman. Then in 2005, she starred in ‘The Constant Gardener’ with Ralph Fiennes, a performance that earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Though Weisz has co-starred with many Hollywood big shots, her love interest has remained Darren Aronofsky since 2002. The two are engaged, and live in Brooklyn with their son, Henry Chance.

Rachel Weisz on the red carpet

Rachel Weisz on the red carpet

In the last few years, her popularity and beauty helped make her the new face of Revlon, and Burberry sought her out to help them with an advertising campaign. Last year, she has appeared in the romantic comedy ‘Definitely, Maybe’ (2008) with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher, as well as ‘The Brothers Bloom’ (2008) with Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo.

Weisz loves to spend time with her son and insists that she have him on set so she can see him every day, which also allows her to keep up with her career. Because of this, she will be appearing in two new movies in 2009. She will be playing Abigail Salmon, the mother of a murdered girl in ‘The Lovely Bones’ based on the best-selling novel, as well as the Greek philosopher Hypatia who falls in love with her slave in ‘Agora’.

Because of her versatility and extremely intelligent acting, we cannot wait for these two highly anticipated films to hit the cinemas.

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