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Overview (2)

Born in Paris, France
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adèle Haenel was born on January 1, 1989 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Love at First Fight (2014) and The Unknown Girl (2016).

Trade Mark (5)

Often plays gritty, reserved young women with a vulnerable side
Natural, unaffected acting style
Natural presence and magnetic quality
Feline green eyes
Curvaceous yet athletic physique

Trivia (19)

In a relationship with director Céline Sciamma.
Her French mother is a teacher. Her Austrian father is a translator.
Took stage acting courses in her teens.
She made her stage debut in 2012 at the Avignon Festival in a production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull". It was filmed as La mouette (2012).
She was raised bilingual (French/German). Also speaks fluent English and a bit of Norwegian.
She has a high school diploma in economy and sociology. She later studied physics and marine biology.
She called Jim Carrey her first screen crush.
Was cast in a 2016 stage production of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" at the Atelier Theatre. The play opened on the Parisian stage in 1971 when actress Delphine Seyrig personally gained the playwright's permission and led the cast of the original production. Adèle was Catherine Corsini's original choice to star in Summertime (2015) as Delphine Benchiessa, a character the director had named and partly modeled after the late actress.
She's a vocal feminist.
She named Sandrine Kiberlain, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman among the actresses who inspire her.
Was originally attached to Summertime (2015) and The Innocents (2016), but eventually withdrew from both projects, where she was respectively replaced by Izïa Higelin and Lou de Laâge.
She's one of only three non-Belgian actors to lead a movie directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne since I'm Thinking of You (1992), the other two being Arta Dobroshi in Lorna's Silence (2008) and Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night (2014). She played the leading role in The Unknown Girl (2016), which was originally meant as a Dardenne-Cotillard collaboration.
Had shot a scene in Confession of a Child of the Century (2012), but it was eventually removed from the final cut of the film.
She first met Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne at a party in Paris, just after she was awarded the annual Prix Suzanne Bianchetti for most promising French actress [June 2014]. The leading role of Dr. Jenny Davin in The Unknown Girl (2016) had been originally meant for an older actress, but they decided to change her age so that Adèle would play her.
Worked with Vincent Rottiers in The Devils (2002) and with his half-brother Kévin Azaïs in Love at First Fight (2014).
Stated her interest in working with Joachim Lafosse, Bouli Lanners and Felix van Groeningen.
She's a fan of Dany Boon and Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Has been training in soccer, swimming, horseback riding, rugby, biking and boxing.
Has a green belt in judo.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on the possibility of an international career] I would like to work in Germany, and I speak a little German. Head On [Head-On (2004)] is one of my favorite movies. During a trip to Berlin I twice crossed paths with Birol Ünel, who acted in Head On. When we think of working abroad, we usually think of the United States. But working in the US often means starting from scratch. I'm not looking to work abroad at any price. I'm not sure I want Marion Cotillard's career, even though her career is certainly remarkable.
[on Suzanne (2013)] The movie asks a big question: what is love? What does it really mean? We don't choose who we want to love, WE love! There are so many kinds of loves. There is the love between two sisters, between a father and his sister ... And there's how these love stories keep lasting or not, the evolution of feelings, and to feel this evolution takes time. So, time is very important in this movie, it's the time of a feeling and nothing can speed that along.
[on shooting House of Tolerance (2011) with Bertrand Bonello, 2011 interview] It's my favorite movie I filmed last year. The movie portrays prostitutes living in a brothel at the end of the 19th century, as the times are changing and the brothel is about to close. There are twelve girls in the film: the motherly Madame is played by Noémie Lvovsky, and Jasmine Trinca, an Italian actress who truly brings her character to life, is also in the movie, as well as Céline Sallette, a super actress and my partner in the story, and a lot of other actresses. That's how I see the film; everything turns around this axis. To compare it with Mulholland Dr. (2001), there are keys that help explain different readings of the movie. For me, the key was to see that the customers were directors and producers in real life. Some scenes are even a lot like auditions.
[on working with first time directors] I like the slightly disorganized energy and enthusiasm.There are things that might not work in a film, but I like them.
I think in cinema, there is a problem with representation, because we are always talking about the same person and it's boring. Okay, we get it - it's difficult to be a middle-aged white man, having an affair - but can we talk about somebody else please? Love at First Fight (2014) does that. Actors and artists are creating the way society looks at itself, so we need to face it and take responsibility and talk from the perspective of all of the people in that society, not just the same person. Anybody can be a hero.

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