Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger (German pronunciation: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born Diane Heidkrüger; 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic war film Troy (2004), Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure/heist film National Treasure (2004) and its sequel (2007), Bridget von Hammersmark in the Quentin Tarantino-directed war film Inglourious Basterds (2009), Anna in the sci-fi drama Mr. Nobody (2009), and Gina in the psychological thriller film Unknown (2011). She plays the Seeker/Lacey in the romantic sci-fi thriller The Host (2013). From 2013 to 2014, she starred as Detective Sonya Cross in the FX television crime drama series The Bridge.

    Early life

    She was born as Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, Germany, in the west near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee. She was brought up Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school. She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.

    She was brought up in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. Her mother sent her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to improve her English. As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. However, after an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modelling and learning French.

    Career

    Modelling

    Kruger at the press conference of Goodbye Bafana Berlin.

    In 1992, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look and started modelling afterwards. Despite her relatively short stature for a model, she managed to land prestigious bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton; runway shows from Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel as well as appearances on the cover of Vogue Paris, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to her modeling repertoire. She gradually stopped modelling after deciding to pursue a career in acting.

    Acting

    Kruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films. She made her film debut in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV film by Jean-Pierre Roux. Her first major acting role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's directorial début Mon Idole.

    Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

    She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne. One of her more high-profile roles to date is her portrayal of Helen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005. In 2004, Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the film National Treasure, going on to appear in films Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006). She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in December 2007.

    Kruger was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Kruger was a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. The festival is chaired by Costa Gavras.

    In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned Allied spy in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. In December 2009, she announced the nominations of the 67th Golden Globe Awards and also picked up nominations from the Screen Actors' Guild for Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Motion Picture for her role in Inglourious Basterds.

    Kruger played Anna in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody. Critical response has praised the film's artistry and Kruger's acting. Kruger made a cameo appearance in an April 2010 episode of the Fox show Fringe, in which her boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson, is a star. In 2010, Kruger also appeared in Mark Ronson's music video for "Somebody to Love Me", where she plays Boy George.

    In the 2011 film Unknown, Kruger starred as Gina, a Bosnian illegal immigrant and key character alongside leading actor Liam Neeson. It was also announced in 2011 that Kruger had replaced Eva Green in the role of Marie Antoinette in the French-language film, Les Adieux à la Reine. In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The festival is chaired by Nanni Moretti. She starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, which was released in March 2013. More recently, Kruger portrayed El Paso, Texas, police officer Sonya Cross on FX's The Bridge, which aired in 2013.

    In 2015, after Berlin and Cannes, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The festival is chaired by Alfonso Cuarón.

    Endorsements

    Kruger at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

    Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre. In December 2009, she was announced as the global "spokesmodel" of L'Oréal. It was announced in May 2010 that she would become the latest face for Calvin Klein's newest fragrance line, Beauty.

    Personal life

    In 1999, she began dating French actor and director Guillaume Canet. They were married on 1 September 2001. They acted together in 2005's Joyeux Noël, but divorced in 2006, though they remain friends. Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.

    She has been in a relationship with actor Joshua Jackson since 2006. During an interview with magazine Glamour, she said, "Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don't believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There's no paper that will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning." Jackson has expanded on this point by saying in an interview that one of the reasons that he and Kruger have not married is that neither of them is religious.

    Besides German, Kruger speaks English and French fluently. She is a friend of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Kruger divides her time among Paris, Vancouver and Los Angeles. As of May 2013, she was living in Los Angeles for her role in The Bridge.

    Kruger is a permanent resident of the United States.

    Filmography

    Year Title Role Notes
    2001 Point de lendemain Short subject
    2002 Duelles Sabine TV episode, Mauvaise conduite
    2002 The Piano Player Erika
    2002 Ni pour ni contre (bien au contraire) The call-girl Not for, or against (quite the contrary)
    2002 Mon Idole Clara Broustal Whatever You Say
    2003 Michel Vaillant Julie Wood
    2004 Troy Helen
    2004 Wicker Park Lisa
    2004 Narco La fille du night-club
    2004 National Treasure Abigail Chase
    2005 Joyeux Noël Anna Sørensen
    2005 Frankie Frankie
    2006 Les Brigades du Tigre Constance Radetsky The Tiger Brigades
    2006 Copying Beethoven Anna Holtz
    2007 Goodbye Bafana Gloria Gregory
    2007 Days of Darkness Véronica Star L'Âge des ténèbres
    2007 The Hunting Party Mirjana
    2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Abigail Chase
    2008 Anything for Her Lisa
    2009 Inglourious Basterds Bridget von Hammersmark
    2009 Mr. Nobody Anna
    2010 Inhale Diane Stanton
    2010 Fringe Miranda Green TV episode: Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.
    2010 Lily Sometimes Clara Pieds nus sur les limaces
    2011 Unknown Gina
    2011 Forces spéciales Elsa Special Forces
    2012 Farewell, My Queen Queen Marie Antoinette
    2012 Un plan parfait Isabelle A Perfect Plan
    2013 The Host The Seeker / Lacey
    2013 Me, Myself and Mum Ingeborg Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
    2013 The Better Angels Sarah Bush Lincoln
    2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Margret Wittmer Narration/voice
    2013–2014 The Bridge Detective Sonya Cross TV series
    2014 Midnight Sun In production
    2015 Fathers and Daughters Completed
    2015 Disorder Jessie
    2015 Sky Romy Post-production
    2016 The Infiltrator Kathy Ertz Filming

    Awards and nominations

    Year Award Category Nominated work Result
    2003 Cannes Film Festival Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation N/A Won
    2004 Bambi Award N/A N/A Won
    2004 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress National Treasure Nominated
    2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Action, Adventure National Treasure: Book of Secrets Nominated
    2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
    2009 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
    2009 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
    2009 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Inglourious Basterds Nominated
    2009 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Inglourious Basterds Nominated
    2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Inglourious Basterds Won
    2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Inglourious Basterds Nominated
    2010 Volpi Cup Best Actress Mr. Nobody Nominated
    2013 Newport Beach Film Festival Best Actress Un plan parfait Won
    2015 Elle Style Awards Best movieactress Won

    Honours

    • Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (22/09/2014).

    References

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