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Overview (4)

Born in Santiago, Chile
Birth NameLeonor Varela Palma
Nickname Leo
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Leonor Varela was born on December 29, 1972 in Santiago de Chile, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Palma, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela (Francisco Javier Varela Garcia), a biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher. Her family fled to Costa Rica, leaving behind the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. They subsequently resided in Germany, USA, and France, where Varela studied.

In the '90s she appears in the Chilean soap Tic Tac (1997), and in other French and Europeans productions like Pony Trek (1995), Sous le soleil (1996), Shooting Stars (1997), 13th Rider (1997), Le juste (1996), or Bouge! (1997). Her career in Holywood began in 1998, when she joined the cast of The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) when she starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and she appeared in Jeremiah (1998) opposite Patrick Dempsey. The following year (1999), she played the title character in the ABC TV movie "Cleopatra" (1999) (TV) opposite her future fiancé Billy Zane and Timothy Dalton

She appeared in The Tailor of Panama (2001) as Marta and in Texas Rangers (2001) as Perdita opposite Ashton Kutcher. In 2002 she appeared as the fanged vampire princess Nyssa in the action film Blade II (2002) opposite Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson and directed by Guillermo del Toro. After that came Paraíso B (2002) as Gloria and in No Big Deal (2003) as Angela.

Varela also had a short recurring role in the Fox Television show Arrested Development (2003) as the original Marta. She was nominated for the Ariel Award in 2005 in the category of Best Actress for Innocent Voices (2004). She also had a non-recurring role in Stargate: Atlantis (2004).

In 2005 she appeared playing Adela in Americano (2005), and her following projects included Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) as the journalist Jordana Garcia, Where God Left His Shoes (2007) with John Leguizamo and the TV series produced by Jennifer Lopez Como ama una mujer (2007).

In the 2008 Sundance Film Festival she screened Sleep Dealer (2008) and the Larry Bishop's Hell Ride (2008), opposite Michael Madsen and Eric Balfour and produced by Quentin Tarantino.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ninde

Spouse (1)

Lucas Akoskin (15 April 2013 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (29)

She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Formerly engaged to Billy Zane, her co-star from the miniseries Cleopatra (1999).
Beat out 35 other actresses to play the title role in Cleopatra (1999).
Appeared on the cover of thirteen separate editions of the Maxim magazine, each naming a different North American city as the greatest on Earth.
Daughter of Leonor Palma, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela (1946-2001), a famous biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher.
After graduating from the Ecole du Passage and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, she was ready for the big screen.
Her family fled to Costa Rica, leaving behind the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
As a child, she got to see her homeland another time when her family returned to Chile.
Her stay in Chile was brief, and she soon found herself in Germany, then back in Chile, and finally in France in her late teens.
She is of Chilean (including Galician Spanish) ancestry. She is also said to have some French, Hungarian, Syrian, and German roots.
She lived in Paris from the age of 14.
Has 3 siblings, Alejandra, Javier and Gabriel.
Was featured as #11 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
Has actively participated in various ecological causes like "Save the Whales Again!".
Her favorite actresses are Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.
Has a French bulldog called Monroe, or simply Mo.
Ranked #69 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" special supplement (2006).
Friend of the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
Her favorite place in California is Carbon Beach, Malibu.
Member of NGOs for the conservation of the environment like WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Global Green USA, Oceana (Osean Conservation Group) and Centro Ballena Azúl (Chile).
Support the candidate's campaign of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.
One of her favorite writers is Milan Kundera.
Her maternal grandfather Daniel Palma Robledo (born in the north of Chile in October 1915), a former Communist Party member until 1951, was kidnapped by DINA, Pinochet's political police, on August 4, 1976, and to this day is a missing person.
Led huge Anti-whaling Rally on the Eve of the 2008 Meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile. [June 2008]
Filming a documentary about Aysén and its natural beauty in Chile. [January 2009]
(April 15, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 2 years Lucas Akoskin. They have 2-year-old son Matteo together.
Mother, with husband Lucas Akoskin, of son Matteo Varela Akoskin (November 20, 2012-November 16, 2018) and daughter Luna Mae Akoskin (b. February 25, 2015).
Her son Matteo, was diagnosed with leukodystrophy shortly after his birth and died on November 16, 2018 at the age of 5.
Her maternal grandmother, Rosalía Keller Keller, was born in 1919 in Tasnad, Romania, to Pablo Keller and Fanny.

Personal Quotes (4)

In this business, if you don't have the capacity to step back and have some sort of relativity about things, you're screwed.
I don't need jewels and cars. It's about the delicacy of the way I'm handled.
I'm not good with limitations. I tend to like to find my own. It hurts sometimes, but it's good. I'm little extreme in that sense-the middle ground is not my forte.
I don't believe in nudity for nudity's sake, but it's really beautiful when it's done well, when it's within a story. I'm very comfortable with my body. I grew up mostly in France, where nudity is not taboo. It's not this hypocritical thing where we go, "No!" and then it's "Oh, yes!" When we strip away the clothes, the jewelry, that's who we really are. I walk around naked in my house.

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