Famke Janssen
Fashion model, activist, actress
Famke Janssen
Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model. She is known for playing the villainous Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, Evelyn Stockard-Price in House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–2006).
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A Word With: Famke Janssen Plays Another Lethal Woman in a ‘Blacklist’ Spinoff
NYTimes - 4 days
The star of “The Blacklist: Redemption” talks about depicting powerful female characters and shares her thoughts on sexism in Hollywood.
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‘The Blacklist’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 21, ‘Susan Hargrave’
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Famke Janssen guest stars, while answers about Liz's fate remain elusive.
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<i>BACK TO THE FLOOD</i> With Alan Cumming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The latest installment from The Being Experience is BACK TO THE FLOOD featuring Alan Cumming narrating a story about a tragic suicide, while my soul and other things drowned in the flood. This was a moment of artist holding on through art as I replayed Alan's analogy of his own personal story, "Cakewalk," to get through a couple of rough times. But why be heavy when life is just so... life, and I am utterly in love with existence -- however hard it is at times. So let us go BACK TO THE FLOOD, where the story was not born, but where it took a turn into a darker more complex territory. BLOUIN I ARTINFO had the premiere of what was the fifth installment from The Being Experience. Jordan Riefe wrote the piece. He could tell I was skeptical, but ignited. In order to celebrate this, The Development had its second private gathering... The wizard let people in. "Right this way..." said Allison. "Welcome... "I have a lot of shit going on and I want to have a good time" ...
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Good Morning, Jessa Hinton, And Other News
The Superficial - over 3 years
- Michael K is hiring an intern which reminds me to change the batteries in Photo Boy’s shock collar. [Dlisted] - Jennifer Aniston‘s publicist says she isn’t pregnant, but is also a huge liar, so who knows? [Lainey Gossip] - Beautiful Women From Generations Past [theCHIVE] - Jon Gosselin is surprisingly zen about his new life, so look for ATV tracks to find the bodies. That’s how you’ll find them. [Fishwrapper] - Helicopters make Bertney frow up. [tooFab] - Police Chief Who Threatened To Shoot “Libtards” In YouTube Videos To Be Fired [BuzzFeed] - Emmanuelle Chriqui is still hot as shit. [Popoholic] - Hillary Clinton might be bisexual. [IDLYITW] - So maybe keep her away from Gemma Arterton. [Hollywood Tuna] - They caught Famke Janssen‘s creepy book-leaving stalker. [Celebslam] - I want to build a monument to Kate Upton‘s breasts. [DrunkenStepfather: Site is NSFW] - Nick Carter regrets banging Paris Hilton presumably because herpes never goes away. [Amy Grindhouse] ...
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One Day at a Time
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
The loathsome Dr. Phil gives the loathsome Chris Brown a run for his money! by Ann Romano MONDAY, AUGUST 19 As you know, any day that starts with personal hardship for Chris Brown is a good day indeed. And it's an even better day when an entire country turns against him! CBC News reports that the abusive d-bag singer has been dropped as the headliner for the Energy Rush festival (that plays in four Canadian cities) after a loud public outcry and threatened boycott. Sponsors such as Rogers, Molson Coors Brewing, and Halifax's Centre for Arts and Technology pulled their monetary support after Brown was revealed to be the opening act, forcing the producers of the festival to issue the following announcement: "In light of the performer's recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances." (The "health-related" issue they're referring to is Brown's recent seizure—which his publicis ...
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One Day at a Time
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Chris Brown suffered a seizure... and it's all YOUR FAULT! by Ann Romano MONDAY, AUGUST 12 We have good news and bad news to start off the week, and we'll let you guess which is which: Abusive a-hole Chris Brown suffered a seizure this past weekend... and apparently it's YOUR FAULT. According to TMZ, Brown experienced the non-epileptic seizure at a Los Angeles recording studio, but declined hospitalization or treatment from the paramedics. When asked about the incident, Brown's publicist had this to say: "[The seizure was attributed] to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity." See? We told you it was YOUR FAULT. If Chris Brown wasn't being forced BY YOU to get in trouble with the law, and then, if you weren't so despicably negative about someone who almost beat his former girlfriend to death, then maybe he wouldn't have flopped around on ...
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'X-Men' star Famke Janssen: Lunatic broke into my house, left copy of 'The Lonely Doll ... (Jamie Schram/New York Post)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Jamie Schram / New York Post: ‘X-Men’ star Famke Janssen: Lunatic broke into my house, left copy of ‘The Lonely Doll’ in my bedroom - and cops find no sign of forced entry  —  A prowler broke into the Greenwich Village apartment of famed “Wolverine” actress Famke Janssen and left a creepy calling card — the children's book …
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Famke Janssen reprises 'X-Men' role
Fox News - over 3 years
Actress astounded by character
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'The Wolverine': The Secret Behind Jean Grey
MTV News - over 3 years
Famke Janssen tells MTV News why her role was a secret for so long. By Todd Gilchrist
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MTV Rough Cut: 'The Wolverine'
MTV News - over 3 years
MTV Rough Cut: 'The Wolverine' Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, more discuss the next film in the X-Men franchise, "The Wolverine."
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Wolverine: Famke Janssen Talks Bed Scenes With Hugh Jackman – ‘So Many People Are Jealous’
Access Hollywood - over 3 years
Famke Janssen reprises her role as Jean Grey in the upcoming film, “The Wolverine,” and the majority of her job duties this time around included cozying up to a shirtless Hugh Jackman – which, the big screen beauty admits is not a bad gig!
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Famke Janssen: Hugh Jackman Worked Out Between Takes During Wolverine Filming
US Magazine - over 3 years
Famke Janssen has gone toe-to-toe with some of Hollywood's biggest leading men, from Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye) to Owen Wilson (I Spy) to, most recently, Jeremy Renner when she starred as the evil Muriel in Hansel &amp; Gretel. PHOTOS: Hugh Jackman's insane body During a phone call from her home country of Holland, the stunning actress, 47, recently spoke with Us Weekly about the DVD release of Hansel &amp; Gretel, what it was like to play a witch, the shocking secret behind Wolverine costar Hugh Jackman's physique and why she'd happily take over Liam Neeson's role in Taken 3. Us: How did you feel about playing a witch in Hansel &amp; Gretel? FJ: Living in Holland I grew up with these stories. Honestly speaking it's not the most flattering proposal, but it was great to work with Jeremy. It was hard not to laugh at myself when I caught my face in the mirror with that ugly makeup on. It was really incredible what they did with those cosmetics. PHOTOS: Wow! Did you know Fam ...
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'The Wolverine': Jean Grey Character Poster Is Hot!
MTV News - over 3 years
by Brett White ...As in "there's Phoenix fire on the poster"-style hot. Collider unveiled the new character poster, which is the latest in a series of sumi-e style character renditions that have made "The Wolverine's" promotional campaign the most intriguing one all summer. We've previously seen Silver Samurai, Viper, Yukio and Wolverine. Now the series has 100% more Jean Grey. This poster, though, incorporates the color orange into the image, creating a fire-y effect reminiscent of Jean Grey's final scenes in "X-Men: The Last Stand." The poster also depicts Jean Grey in the costume Famke Janssen last wore on screen. Check out the full poster below. The real question I have, though, is why a Jean Grey character poster even exists? Yeah, we know the deceased X-Man has a "presence" in the film, but a character poster seems to imply that she'll have more than just a dream sequence cameo in the movie. Will she plague Wolverine throughout the entire film? Will he come face-to-fa ...
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Hemlock Grove Will Continue Its Reign of Terror on Netflix
Boom Tron - over 3 years
It’s a good time to be a Netflix Original Series. I have yet to hear of one of Netflix’s new shows not getting a second season and now Hemlock Grove is the latest to reach the age of two. Somewhere out there Eli Roth is jumping up and down, squeals of glee bouncing off the walls of his horror memorabilia-filled mansion. The horror lover is an executive producer of the series, along with Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Eric Newman and Michael Connolly, and is excited about the future of Hemlock Grove, saying “Season One was just a warm up for what we have in store for season two.” According to Deadline, Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, which is a curious number. The first season consisted of 13 episodes, so why the decrease going into the second? It’s no secret Hemlock Grove didn’t exactly wow critics. But this is a genre show so impressing everyone is virtually impossible. Plus, when the first season launched on April 19, it had a very strong viewer count. It even scored a bigger ...
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Supernatural Comic Series 'Locke & Key' Getting Big-Screen Adaptation
MTV News - over 3 years
Supernatural comic book series "Locke &amp; Key" was being eyed for a TV adaptation, but word from THR indicates the project is now headed to the big screen. Joe Hill — who also happens to be Stephen King's son and just released a new novel, "NOS4A2" — wrote the series, which centers on the Locke children. After their father is brutally murdered, the family moves into their ancestral home, the Keyhouse. They discover the house contains secrets and magical keys that unlock incredible powers. But there is a dark force lurking there that wants the family to open a door that could destroy everything good in their world. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen will produce the adaptation with Ted Adams, CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic book. People like Steven Spielberg have been fighting to get the project adapted for the past several years. A TV pilot was created, with Nick Stahl ("Carnivàle") and Miranda Otto ("The Lord of the Rings") starring ...
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'Hemlock Grove': Darkness Is Coming
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
At the foot of a sweeping grand staircase in the foyer of an imposing early 20th century mansion, Famke Janssen is stoically explaining what's going to happen next to Bill Skarsgard as he fights back tears. The two are filming a scene of "Hemlock Grove," the epic new Netflix series helmed by horror-master Eli Roth. The show is based on Brian McGreevy's novel of the same name, and follows two teenage boys (Skarsgard and "Degrassi" alum Landon Liboiron) at the center of a murder mystery in a creepy small town full of supernatural elements. Its horror-esque approach and broad mix of supernatural beings may sound a lot like "True Blood" (which stars Skarsgard's older brother Alexander), but "Hemlock" is carving its own path. "We started by casting an entirely different Skarsgard," jokes McGreevy, who serves as an executive producer on the show. Janssen plays Skarsgard's mother, the matriarch of the wealthy and powerful Godfrey family. Dougray Scott is her husband, Norma ...
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Bill Skarsgard & Penelope Mitchell: 'Hemlock Grove' Toronto Premiere!
Just Jared - almost 4 years
Bill Skarsgard suits up while arriving at the premiere of his new show Hemlock Grove held at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Tuesday (April 16) in Toronto, Canada. The 22-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Penelope Mitchell, Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Landon Liboiron, and Freya Tingley. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Bill Skarsgard “Is this @HemlockGrove toffee on my coffee table? Thanks @netflix! When do we get the doggy chew-toys? #justasking,” Penelope recently tweeted. Mark your calendars, Hemlock Grove is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on Friday (April 19)! FYI: Bill is wearing a Z.Zegna suit.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Famke Janssen
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    In 2016, Janssen showed frustration in not being cast in the new X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse saying Hollywood was sexist towards older women.
    More Details Hide Details She said “Women, it’s interesting because they’re replaced, and the older versions are never to be seen again... whereas the men are allowed to be both ages.”
    Janssen is scheduled to star in an upcoming NBC crime thriller, The Blacklist: Redemption (a spinoff of The Blacklist), beginning in the fall of 2016.
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    Janssen is scheduled to star in the 2016–2017 season crime thriller, The Blacklist: Redemption, on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details Famke Beumer Janssen was born in Amstelveen in the Netherlands. Her first name, Famke, means "girl" in West Frisian, the native language of the Dutch province Friesland. She was given both her mother and father's surnames: Beumer and Janssen. She retained the name Janssen. She has two sisters, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer, both of whom changed their surnames to simply Beumer. In addition to her native Dutch, Janssen speaks English and French. She also learned German, but has not kept up with it. Following her high school graduation, Janssen studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam, which she later called "the stupidest idea I ever had." In the early 1990s, she enrolled at Columbia University to study creative writing and literature. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 45
    In 2011, Janssen made her directorial début with the drama Bringing Up Bobby.
    More Details Hide Details She also wrote the screenplay to the film, which stars Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman and Marcia Cross. She reprised her role as Lenore Mills in Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014). She starred as the main villain Muriel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). Janssen has starred in the Netflix Original, horror thriller television series Hemlock Grove since 2013 where she plays the role of family matriarch Olivia Godfrey.
    She made her directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby in 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    On 28 January 2008, she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at a United Nations anti-corruption conference held in Nusa Dua, Bali.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    In 2007, she starred in Turn the River, for which she was awarded the Special Recognition Best Actress Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she starred in Luc Besson's Taken. Janssen also continued to work in television, appearing in TV pilots for NBC's cop drama Winters and Showtime's The Farm, a The L Word spin-off set in a women's prison. Both pilots were rejected by their respective networks. Janssen also provided the Dutch language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at all Disney theme parks.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 37
    She later reprised the role in the 2003 sequel, X2 where her character shows signs of increasing powers but at the end of the film, she is presumably killed.
    More Details Hide Details Janssen returns as a very much alive Jean whose death in X2 awoke her dark alternate personality, Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). At the end of the film, she is killed by Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), who only does it because Jean asks him to, not wanting to hurt anyone when Phoenix is in control. For that role, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She returned as Jean in the 2013 film The Wolverine as a hallucination of Wolverine's. In 2014, Janssen reprised her role of Jean Grey in a brief cameo for X-Men: Days of Future Past, as did a few of the original actors from the first three films including Anna Paquin and James Marsden. In the film, Wolverine went back in time and changed the course of the future, the result being that the events of the third movie, including the deaths of Jean Grey and Cyclops, never happened.
  • 2002
    Age 36
    In 2002, Janssen landed the role of villainess Serleena in Men in Black II, but had to abandon the film due to a death in her family.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV series Nip/Tuck, as the seductive and manipulative life coach Ava Moore, which earned her Hollywood Life's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. She reprised her role in the final two episodes of the series.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    In 2000, Janssen played superhero Dr. Jean Grey in the Marvel Studios film X-Men.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    Janssen was married to writer and director Kip Williams, son of architect Tod Williams, from 1995 to 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Janssen appeared with her dog, Licorice, a brindle Boston Terrier, in a 2007 PETA campaign to raise awareness for animal rights. The campaign used the slogan "Be an Angel for Animals."
    In 1995, Janssen appeared in Pierce Brosnan's first James Bond film, GoldenEye, as femme fatale Xenia Onatopp.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Lord of Illusions with Scott Bakula. In an attempt to fight against typecasting after her Bond girl performance, Janssen began seeking out more intriguing support roles, appearing in John Irvin's City of Industry, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man, and Ted Demme's Monument Ave. Denis Leary, her co-star in Monument Ave., was impressed by how easily she blended in, initially not recognizing her as she was already in character. In the late 1990s, she also appeared in The Faculty, Rounders, Deep Rising, and House on Haunted Hill.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    Her first film role was alongside Jeff Goldblum in the 1992 crime drama film Fathers & Sons.
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    After retiring from modelling in the early 1990s, Janssen had guest roles on several television series, including a starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Perfect Mate", as empathic metamorph Kamala, opposite Patrick Stewart, with whom she later starred in the X-Men film series.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Janssen was offered the role of Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but turned it down to pursue film roles.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    She starred in a 1988 commercial for the perfume Exclamation by Coty, Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Her looks have been compared to Hedy Lamarr and other 1940s films stars.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 18
    In 1984, Janssen moved to the United States to begin her professional career as a fashion model.
    More Details Hide Details She signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Victoria's Secret.
  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Age -2
    Born in 1964.
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