Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen


11/5/1965, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Birth Name

Famke Beumer Janssen



Also Known As

Famke Jenssen
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Famke was born in Holland, where she began her professional career as a model. She later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Famke Janssen has a Pug named Licorice and she brings him everywhere.

    • She used to eat almonds and dried cranberries everyday while filming X-Men.

    • Famke is a model turned actress. Famke once modeled for Chanel.

    • She is on the cover page of the following magazines:
      Veronica (Netherlands)
      Premiere (USA)
      NWA World Traveler (USA)
      B (USA)
      Glow (Canada)
      Glamour (USA)
      Cinema (Hungary)
      Cinema (Germany)
      SFX (UK)
      Maxim 2000 (USA)
      Entertainment Weekly (USA)
      Viasat Magazine (Sweden)

    • She appears with her dog, Licorice, whom she named after her love for the candy, in PETA's angel for animals advertisements. She is known to support PETA as well as many other charities.

    • She appears in commercials for a charity network fighting against HIV.

    • Her sister was visiting southeast Asia during the tsunami on December 26th, 2004 and had to flee the water to save her life.

    • Famke dyed her hair red for the first X-Men movie, but she chose to wear a wig in the second and third X-Men movies.

    • While appearing on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) to promote her role of the sex-crazed assassin in the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995), Famke gave Conan a first hand experience of her character's signature moves by performing them on him using the top of his desk. When she asked him if he would like the demonstration, Conan responded with "This is what we in the industry call a 'no-brainer'."

    • Famke has appeared in many major motion pictures. Some of them include...
      *Opposite Robert DeNiro and Dakota Fanning in Hide and Seek/, in 2005.
      *A telepathic mutant in the X-Men trilogy.
      *A starring role in a romantic comedy Love & Sex, in 2000.
      *A timid high school teacher in The Faculty.
      *A sophisticated book editor in Celebrity.
      *A Russian born owner of a gambling joint in Rounders.
      *A bitter alcoholic in The Gingerbread Man.
      *A woman who squashed potential seducers to death between her thighs in Goldeneye.

    • Famke has studied acting under Roy London and Harold Guskin.

    • Famke's favorite authors are Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Rhys.

    • Famke studied acting with Harold Guskin.

    • Before pursuing an acting career, Famke studied creative writing and literature at Columbia University.

    • Famke's two sisters are blonde and have blue eyes. She is the only brunette and has brown eyes. Also, her sisters, Antoinette Beumer and Marjolein Beumer, also work in the entertainment industry. One is a director and the other is an actress. Through her sister she was once the sister-in-law of director Joram Lürsen.

    • Famke is 5' 11" tall.

    • *In 1996, Famke ranked number 65 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women.
      *In 2002, Famke was ranked number 69 in Stuff magazine's 102 Sexiest Women.
      *In 2002, Famke was ranked number 69 in Askmen magazine's Most Desirable Woman.

    • In 2002, Famke was ranked number 69 in Askmen magazine's Most Desirable Woman.

    • Roles Famke either turned down or had to back out of include...
      *She was offered the role of Lieutenant Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but she turned it down.
      *She was set to star as Serlena in Men In Black II, but, due to an illness in her family, she had to back out after one day of filming.
      *She was offered the lead female role in Terminator 3, but she turned it down.

    • Famke wears US size 11 shoes. The shoes she wore in the 1995 film, GoldenEye, were custom made.

    • Famke speaks Dutch, German, English and French. She also provides the Dutch narration for the Studio Tram Tour at Disney theme parks.

    • Famke's first name means little girl in Frisian.

    • Famke was married to Tod Williams in 1995 until they got divorced in the year 2000. In January, 2001, Famke dated Ben Affleck. Famke has also dated Jeff Goldblum.

  • Quotes

    • (About superheroes capes)
      Famke: Clearly they haven't seen it, but I guess a lot of superheroes wear capes. I only remember because I have a dog, and one Halloween I gave him a little Superman costume, and it had a cape. But poor Jean Grey --and Phoenix-- never had a cape.

    • (about Comic books)
      Famke: We were more likely to be reading Tintin, personally I found comics a little confusing; I was more into novels. With a novel you simply read from left to right, but comics have all those little balloons, and I never knew where to look.

    • Famke: Playing psychos is fun, they give you the license and freedom that you don't have when you play a normal person. Because, with a psycho, there's no limit, you can absolutely ham it up.

    • Famke: Women want to be superheroes, and men want to do them.

    • (What she likes about acting)
      Famke: There is something childish and fun about it.

    • (In training for her striptease scenes in 2001's Made)
      Famke: I found a woman who taught me how to strip at home, in the privacy of my own environment, with nobody else watching me. That was quite an experience, because she taught me how to lap dance, and I practicd on her. It was funny.

    • Famke: I'm a firm believer in taking risks in life, because you'll never get anywhere unless you do, and the more risk involved the greater the outcome - or the worse, but you never know so you've got to go for it.

    • Famke: Looking back, boy, has there ever been a stigma in being a Bond Girl. That's what my mission in life is, just to prove them wrong. That's why I have such an urge to keep going and proving that. It's so silly. What on earth does the way you look have anything to do with whether you can act or not.

    • Famke: I don't even like talking about dating. It's like having a stamp on your forehead: "I'm available and I'm looking."

    • (In an interview to People Weekly magazine, July 31, 2000)
      Famke: I felt different born into a family with two sisters who are blonde and blue-eyed, with me being the only brunette.

    • Famke: My dream is to find a guy. Someone who can tell me a different bedtime story every night.

    • Famke: We've always been ready for female superheroes, because women want to be them, and men want to do them.

    • Famke: I've never dated, I've always just had boyfriends.

    • Famke: I would rather not work, than to be in a movie that nobody's watching.

  • Dangerously sexy

    Some people don't know who she is, well just let me tell you this; she is an actress that it's known for being dangerously sexy (the same type of woman as Melinda Clarke, best known as Julie Cooper on The O.C. or Lady Heather on CSI).

    Her unique sexiness has earned her roles like the Bond girl Xenia Onatopp, X-men Jean Grey, Ava Moore in Nip/Tuck among others.

    But besides being sexy she actually had proven that she can act. And what is awesome about her is that she doesn't do it for the fame and money. Her true passion is to make movies, and she loves it so much that she actually works for a low amount of money or even for free, since she prefers to start an independent film to a blockbuster.

    I'm just grateful that this amazing woman had the opportunity to portray my favorite superhero on the big screen, cuz she did an amazing job. She brought out those dark spots of Jean Grey that we are just too afraid to know. Besides all that she has the 3rd cutest dog on earth =0P.moreless
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    Famke Janssen earned critical-acclaim for her star-making performance opposite Jon Favreau in

    Valerie Breiman's Love and Sex, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.

    Previous credits include William Malone's House on Haunted Hill opposite Geoffrey Rush, Robert

    Rodriguez' The Faculty, John Dahl's Rounders, opposite Edward Norton and Matt Damon, and

    Woody Allen's Celebrity, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio. Additional credits

    include Stephen Sommers' Deep Rising and Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man, in which she

    starred opposite Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey, Jr. In addition, Janssen played a lowerclass

    Irish-American Bostonian in Ted Demme's Monument Avenue opposite Martin Sheen and

    Billy Crudup. She also starred in John Irvin's City of Industry opposite Harvey Keitel, and as the

    lasciviously lethal assassin, "Xenia Onatopp," in the James Bond megahit Goldeneye.

    Janssen recently starred in X3: The Last Stand, directed by Brett Ratner, where she reprises her

    role as Jean Grey. She also starred in X-Men and X-2, both directed by Bryan Singer. She also

    reprised her role on the FX original drama series Nip/Tuck for which she received a Movieline

    Breakthrough Award for her star turn on the show.

    Other films to her credit include Hide and Seek with Robert DeNiro, Eulogy, featuring Piper

    Laurie, Ray Romano, Rip Torn, Debra Winger, Kelly Preston and Zooey Deschanel, director Betty

    Thomas’ I Spy, opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, Gary Fleder's thriller Don't Say A Word

    opposite Michael Douglas, and in Jon Favreau's Made, in which she co-starred with Favreau and

    Vince Vaughn.

    A true leading lady, Famke Janssen refuses to fill a stereotype. By taking on a wide range of

    roles in both studio and independent features and working with some of Hollywood's best

    directors, she has proven herself to be not only one of the most beautiful actresses in the

    business, but also one of the most talented and diverse. Born in Holland, Janssen moved to the United States where she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied

    stagecraft with Harold Guskin.

    Janssen recently received two awards for her work in The Treatment. She was the recipient of a

    Career Achievement in Acting Award from the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival and she received the

    Susan B. Anthony Failure is Impossible Award for the breadth and distinction of her work from

    the High Falls International Film Festival.

    coming up she has a part in the ensemble comedy The Ten , and she is the lead is two upcoming films Eric Red's 100 Feet and Chris Eigeman's Turn the River she will also star in her new TV show Winters.moreless