Mélanie Laurent

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Mélanie Laurent at the Berlinale 2013

Mélanie Laurent (born February 21, 1983 in Paris ) is a French film actress , film director , screenwriter , pianist and singer .


Laurent was born the daughter of an actor and a ballet teacher . With her friend, the daughter of a technician in the team of Claude Zidis Asterix and Obelix against Caesar (1999), she visited the set , where she met the leading actor Gérard Depardieu . He was so impressed by 16-year-old Laurent that he promised her a supporting role in his next film The Bridge of Ambreville (1999).

This was followed by larger roles, albeit in films that went largely unnoticed by mainstream audiences ( e.g. Ceci est mon corps (2001)), but also smaller appearances in blockbuster hits, such as Michel Blanc's comedy Kiss Me if You Want (2002) or the father-son drama The Wild Beat Of My Heart (2005).

Philippe Lioret ( The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife ) , who saw her in this film, then offered her the lead role in Don't Worry, I'm Fine - without a test shoot. Her performance as Lili was unanimously celebrated: Deutschlandradio Kultur attested to portraying Lili “with a rare intensity”: “melancholy, almost like a dream away from the world and with a tremendous charm” and, according to the world , she managed to play her role “with to embody an unbelievable intensity and a great economy of the representational means ”. In October 2006 she received the prestigious Romy Schneider Prize for her performance in this film . At the end of February 2007, César followed as the best young female actress.

Laurent's directorial debut De moins en moins , for which she also wrote the screenplay, was nominated for the prize for best short film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. This was followed by other directorial work, including the documentary Tomorrow from 2015, which was awarded a César. She became known to a worldwide audience in 2009 through the role of Shosanna in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds . Bayerischer Rundfunk described her as “next to Waltz (as) the second discovery of this film” and, according to Stern , she stole Diane Kruger “the show in every respect”.

In 2011, moderated Laurent at the 64th Cannes Film Festival as host ( "maîtresse de cérémonie") the opening ceremony on May 11, and the award gala on 22 May. Her debut album as a singer, En t'attendant , was released in May 2011.


Laurent was in a relationship with the singer and songwriter Damien Rice . She describes him and the director Quentin Tarantino as two “masters” of their art. Together with Rice she recorded her first album. She commuted between the cities of Woodstock, New York and Rice's home in Ireland. Living there in his house inspired her to build compost heaps in the garden and to eat organically healthy.

Laurent visited the climate protection camp in the marshland of the Indonesian rainforest together with Greenpeace activists. She is one of the climate ambassadors for Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum "Tck Tck Tck" Campaign.

In early 2013 she announced that she was married to a technician whom she met while filming “Requiem for a Killer,” but whose name she is keeping a secret. It was not until May 2013 that she appeared in public after a long break - five months pregnant. Their son was born at the end of September.

Laurent's maternal grandparents were Jews. She herself was not raised religiously.

Filmography (selection)

Mélanie Laurent (2009)

As an actress

As a filmmaker

  • 2011: The Adopted  (Les adoptés) (Director, Screenplay)
  • 2014: Respire (Director, Screenplay)
  • 2015: Tomorrow (Demain) (documentary, director)
  • 2017: Plonger (Director, Screenplay)
  • 2018: Galveston (Galveston) (Director, Screenplay)

Awards and honors

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier ribbon.svg

January 16, 2014: Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres


  • 2011: En t'attendant
  • 2017: Faire un souhait (Single)

Web links

Commons : Mélanie Laurent  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Julia Encke: The fear of making a fool of yourself. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , March 12, 2007.
  2. The absence of the twin. In: Die Welt , March 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Marius Zekri: Nazis, scalps and cinema. Inglourious Basterds. ( Memento from September 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) BR-Online from August 18, 2009.
  4. Kester Schlenz: Tarantino's "Basterds" conquer Berlin. In: Stern , July 29, 2009.
  5. Mélanie Laurent maîtresse de cérémonie à Cannes. In: Elle , March 5, 2011 (French).
  6. Mali Elfman: Interview: Melanie Laurent for Inglourious Basterds. ( Memento of the original from October 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: screencrave.com , August 17, 2009 (English). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / screencrave.com
  7. La vie en vert de Mélanie Laurent . In: Elle , November 6, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009.  (Interview)
  8. Inglourious treehuggers dam climate change! . In: Greenpeace International , November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  9. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2330056/Melanie-Laurent-reveals-shes-pregnant--shows-bump-red-carpet.html
  10. http://madame.lefigaro.fr/celebrites/melanie-laurent-accouche-011013-591242
  11. http://www.lexpress.fr/styles/monde-des-stars/melanie-laurent-je-ne-suis-qu-une-actrice-bobo_984072.html
  12. culturecommunication.gouv.fr (Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2014) , accessed on December 24, 2016.