Famke Janssen


Famke Janssen Trivia


  • 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.