After studying English at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Weisz formed her own theatre company, which performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. On stage, her performance in Sean Mathias's production of Noel Coward's Design For Living won her the Evening Standard Award as Best Newcomer, and she recently starred…more
Rachel was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth on July 7, 2007.
Rachel chose not to reprise her role as Evelyn in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as she did not like the script. Maria Bello will take her place.
Rachel provides the voice of the dragon Saphira in the 2006 film Eragon.
Rachel starred as Evelyn in the play The Shape of Things to Come at the London Almeida Theatre in 2001. She renewed the role for the 2003 film adaption.
Rachel played the roles of twin sisters Angela and Isabel Dodson in the 2005 film Constantine. She played opposite Keanu Reeves, who she had previously starred with in the 1996 film Chain Reaction.
Rachel won a 'Best Actress' award at the 2005 London Film Critics Circle Awards for her role as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005).
Rachel plays the role of Isabel/Izzi Creo in the 2006 film The Fountain. The film was directed by her fiance, Darren Aronofsky.
Rachel's last name, Weisz, is pronounced "Vice".
Rachel won a 2006 Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her role in The Constant Cardener.
Rachel played the role of Rachel in the 2002 film About A Boy.
Rachel's favourite film is Performance.
Rachel considers Harry Houdini her idol.
Rachel's mother is a psychoanalyst and her father is an inventor.
When Rachel was in university, she was a radical feminist.
Rachel dislikes camels, most likely after working with them in The Mummy.
When Rachel heard she got the leading role for The Mummy, she went straight to a pub to celebrate and got in an argument with a male friend who objected to the fact that she was asked to lose weight for the film.
Rachel used to smoke cigarettes.
Rachel loves listening to the music of Elvis.
Rachel's favourite actor is Ewan McGregor and her favourite actress is Susan Lynch.
Rachel previously dated Sam Mendes, a director.
Rachel is 5'7" in height.
Rachel has hazel eyes.
Rachel played the role of Evelyn in the film The Mummy (1999) and in the sequel The Mummy Returns (2001).
Rachel and her fiance, director Darren Aronofsky, live together in New York (as of 2006). They had their first child, Henry Chance, on May 31, 2006.
In 2006, Rachel won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Tessa Quayleon The Constant Gardener.
Rachel was asked a couple of times to pose for Playboy Magazine, but turned the offer down in 2005 because she doesn't like how they retouch their photos.
(about her son)
Rachel: Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time, but when it happens to you, it feels like a miracle. Henry's truly the most fascinating person I know.
Rachel: I wasn't a person who was longing forever to have a baby, but that bond between mother and baby is so interesting. Henry's truly the most fascinating person I know. I have long, long dialogues with him. We commune. It's pure instinct and it's very powerful.
Rachel: Yeah, I mean I think relationships take work. I do. But I am a sucker for stories about lovers, you know, lovers who are destined to be together, lovers that can transcend time, like these. Their love lives on eternally. I don't know if real life feels exactly like that and I am very in love but it never feels quite like in the movies.
(about her son)
Rachel: Well, I mean, I have fallen deeply in love. I am love with a little boy called Henry. Yeah, I mean, I'm a working mom now, so I have joined the club of all the millions of other women on the planet who are working moms and I take my hat off to them. It's a balancing act.
Rachel: Gosh, being a mum... I'm a mum now! A whole new part of myself has come alive that I didn't know was there. You don't read a book, you just become one. It's changed my perspective on a million things.
Rachel: I don't know what I think about death or the afterlife, but I do know that life is finite and short, so we have to celebrate being alive.
(on working with her director husband, Darren Aronofsky)
Rachel: Who we are in our work lives and who we are in our personal lives is quite different. I met the director and he met the actress. They're different parts of our identities.
(on taking on very different roles)
Rachel: It's just kind of getting into different parts of one's personality. Like part of me just likes to be very physical and run around do stunts and fly through the air and jump off of things and do really dangerous physical things. I love doing that and it's very fun, but another part of me I guess is more serious, so it's just getting to express different aspects of yourself.
(after turning down an offer to pose for "Playboy")
Rachel: I thought about it for a good second, I really did. I imagined it. They do have quite serious pieces in their magazine. They have proper journalism. Their retouching is just not sexy is it?
(on what she would wear to the 2006 Oscars)
Rachel: I have to put my thinking cap on for the Oscar dress. The problem is I am five-and-a-half months pregnant and all the bits and bobs keep changing size and shape and that's a bit tricky for designers. It may well have to be a case of wearing whatever fits on the night.
(about filming "The Constant Gardener" in Africa)
Rachel: Africa changed everybody. Not just me, but every single member of the crew was deeply affected by what we saw. We saw a level of poverty that I don't think anyone had seen before. There's a million people living in a very small space. No running water. No sanitation. No electricity and a very high level of disease. Yet these people's spirit was so powerful and warm and generous and hospitable and they welcomed us. There's a scene in the movie where the children all say, "How are you? How are you?" That's really what happened. That wasn't in the script.
(about her film, "The Constant Gardener")
Rachel: I love the fact that's it's a retrospective love story, that it's told in flashback and there are a lot of assumptions that Ralph and the audience make about my character which are then revised as the film goes on. I think it's a beautiful narrative structure that's very original.
Rachel: I've always been fascinated by activists, people who will devote their life to a cause, people who go to India and to Africa and put their life in jeopardy to do what they believe is right. In reality, the main thing that keeps me awake at night is probably the destruction of the planet; that's what gets me pretty upset.
(on what attracted her to the film "Constantine")
Rachel: It's just a great big supernatural thriller; an action movie, but it was just a really unusual role for the woman who's at the heart of it. She's definitely not the usual girl in the movie. She's really complex, and as the plot evolves her character evolves. She's not just there to run around in the action. I thought she was a fascinating character.
Rachel: When I'm playing a character, I use the American accent. But when I go back to England, I just glide right back into Englishness immediately... Every actor uses a dialect coach. Every actor, and if they say they don't, they're lying. Everybody does, yeah. You don't want to worry about it. You have someone listening out to check that you're not straying.
Rachel: Hollywood's run by Jews. I was advised by an American agent when I was about 19 to change my surname. And I said "Why? Jews run Hollywood." He said "Exactly." He had a theory that all the executives think acting's a job for shiksas.
(on how she approached her role in "The Fountain")
Rachel: By just about getting completely lost in what you're doing so that you don't even know what you're doing anymore.
Rachel: I'm not an activist or anything. Stories make me impassioned, you know, telling stories.
(when asked what her vices are)
Rachel: Cigarettes. I managed to give them up for a year and a half but they just lured me back, but then I managed to throw them away again this morning. And now there's no smoking in New York, no smoking in the bars. There's nowhere to smoke anymore, so maybe that'll stop me.
(when asked what she is like in real life)
Rachel: Well, I'm not at all like the tough, sexy femme fatale in Confidence but it's fun to play people who're really different from you, from different cultures and places. I suppose I'm a bit quieter than most of the people I play.
(on working with Dustin Hoffman)
Rachel: We have very good chemistry and we're actually trying to do a love story together, so if anyone can come up with a script we'd love to do it.
Rachel: There's nothing I would do if I didn't act. I've only ever wanted to make films and now I am. So, right now, I'm sorry to say, I'm very satisfied. It's gross, isn't it?
Rachel: I sometimes do worry that actors are people's role models, you know. And doctors and teachers and people doing really important things just get paid nothing. And they put us on the cover of magazines. They should be our heroes. I find it all a bit dubious.
Rachel: I'm quite fumbly. She was actually incredibly close to home in lots of ways [Evelyn from The Mummy].
Rachel: The celebrity thing... I don't want to sound as if I absolutely don't want it because that's not true. If you're in the entertainment business, you have to be honest. There's something alluring about it...
Rachel: I've never felt uncomfortable with my level of fame. I don't get hassled. Maybe sometimes in a minor way, but New Yorkers are much too cool for that. The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity.
Rachel Weisz: I find Hollywood really toxic.
People find out I'm an actress and I see that 'whore' look flicker across their eyes.
Rachel Weisz: I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans.