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Introduction: Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen was born in Holland, where she began her professional career as a model. Famke Janssen later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, Famke Janssen majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. Famke Janssen then went to Los Angeles, where she continued to study acting under Roy london. Famke Janssen made her feature film debut wit Jeff Goldblum in "Fathers and Sons".
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Biography of Famke Janssen

A former model, Dutch-born actress Famke Janssen had her screen breakthrough as Xenia Onatopp, James Bond's (literally) man-crushing foe in GoldenEye (1995). After earning fame and a certain dose of coy notoriety for her portrayal of the character, who was endowed with the unique ability to squash potential seducers to death between her thighs, Famke Janssen went on to prove that she was more than just the latest variety of Bond babe.

Born in Holland on January 1, 1964, Famke Janssen launched her lucrative modeling career at an early age. Moving to New York when Famke Janssen was barely out of her teens, Famke Janssen soon tired of the vacuous nature of modeling and enrolled at Columbia University, where Famke Janssen studied literature and creative writing. Famke Janssen made her screen debut in the 1992 drama Fathers and Sons. Following the success of GoldenEye, the actress began finding steady screen work, appearing in such films as Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man (1998), in which Famke Janssen played Kenneth Branagh's ex-wife; Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), which cast her as Branagh's girlfriend; and Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty, in which Famke Janssen 's part was furthered by alien brainwashing, instead of Branagh.

After closing the century with another excursion into supernatural grotesqueries in the remake of The House on Haunted Hill (1999), Famke Janssen began the 21st century on a somewhat more heroic note, playing one of the titular group of superheroes in Bryan Singer's adaptation of the popular comic book X-Men and X-Men 2.

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Famke Janssen on XMEN-3

Famke Janssen during an interview on XMEN-3

Will you come back for X3? I might. It depends. It depends on many different things, who the director would be. Bryan Singer is no longer going to direct it. He did the first two and then he ended up doing Superman now. I love the first two X-Mens because I thought that Bryan Singer did such a great job. He elevated that whole genre. He's a very talented director.

What do you think of Joss Whedon taking over? I heard that rumor too. I've heard it on the street. I haven't heard it from close reliable sources yet, but I don't know.

I'd really have to look at his take on [it]. It's so hard to imagine at this point anybody other than Bryan doing it because those two movies have such a specific distinctive look. Isn't it set up for you to come back as Dark Phoenix? And Bryan really wanted to follow that storyline because it's one of the biggest storylines in the X-Men comic books. So it would have been great for me if that had happened and that scenario. I'm not sure what they're going to do. I know Dark Phoenix is a huge part of the X-Men saga, so I'm assuming they're at least going to want to touch on it, but I don't know and I don't know whether I would want to be involved. That depends on many different things.

Would it be weird to see someone else play Jean Grey? If they went with the Dark Phoenix storyline, then maybe not because I think she's supposed to be very different anyway.


Famke Janssen and Ray Romano talk about Eulogy

Was this a different type of comedy for you?

RAY ROMANO: Yeah. Well, it was the first film I did and it was very much more edgy and dark than my TV fans are going to be used to.
But that's what appealed to me. The script was good and the character was nutty.

Was that character the one you originally wanted to play?
RAY ROMANO: That's the one I wanted to play. The script came to me for the other [character played by Hank Azaria]. Uh, what the hell is his name? Daniel! It's been a year and a half. Yeah, that was when the script came to me. And then I just said, "You know, I could do this character, but I'm more interested in the other one." And they said okay.

Why were you more interested in this other role?
RAY ROMANO: Well, just for that reason. He had a little twisted side to him. A little sad, a little funny, and I get to wear a little moustache glued to my face, which was annoying.

With the ensemble, did you guys have to fight for screen time?
RAY ROMANO: No, on this movie the script was there. I mean, we all had our adlibbing moments and stuff like that, but ultimately what got in the film was what [helped] the film.
FAMKE JANSSEN: I think the only thing that happened at times, that tends to happen in these little movies with no money and no time, is that you have to consolidate shots. All of a sudden, instead of doing close-ups, people end up in three-shots. And if there's no room to go to one more angle, then sorry, we're going to have to skip that angle and just move onto the next thing. So I think in that respect, maybe people could have tried to get more screen time or something but I wasn't really aware that people were doing that around me.

Would you be open to doing more character roles rather than leads? RAY ROMANO: You know, yeah, if the character was interesting and I thought I could pull it off and do it I would love to, yeah. I mean, I don't have a good experience with having a lead in a movie. I'm 0-1 I think as far as that goes. I like the whole process of getting into a different skin for the most part and I would do it again. I just don't want to play the same guy again over and over.

Do have a lax approach to parenting?
RAY ROMANO: I'm bad. Bad meaning I am like him a little bit. I'm a softy, my wife's a hard ass in the family and she gets on my case. I give 'em stuff. I bet stuff. I owe my kids a trampoline now.

What did you have to do to create the character, since the disciplinary approach was not a stretch?
RAY ROMANO: No. What I did with this guy, it wasn't a crazy character stretch, but he reminded me of this guy in my neighborhood. I won't say who, of course, so I tried to channel that guy. I remember driving to the set in the morning and that guy has this certain thing he says. He has like a signature line that he always says so I would say it in the car on the way to the lot to try to kind of click in to this guy. So I used him.
I was lucky to have this guy to kind of imitate almost. I tried to just know who the guy was and where he came from and the whole father issue and being the forgotten son and all that. That helped.

What was the energy level on the set?
RAY ROMANO: Energy was good. A lot of different personalities. Everybody was fun.

Did you have a lot of freedom to elevate the irreverent tone?
FAMKE JANSSEN: It was a comedy. It was always a comedy, written as a comedy. They ad-libbed a lot more - you and Hank did most of the time.
RAY ROMANO: Yeah, we adlibbed, but the tone was there. When we adlibbed it was just to try to get a laugh.

What scenes did you adlib?
RAY ROMANO: On the porch when Hank throws the lemon at me. That was all kind of winged. Even little things like when you say, "Triple-tonguing your g-spot," and I make that noise. All those little things and in the basement Hank did a lot of [adlibbing].
FAMKE JANSSEN: I haven't seen the final basement scene. I know a lot got cut, so I don't know what's in it anymore.

Where do you stand on gay marriage?
FAMKE JANSSEN: I don't see why somebody just by virtue of being in love with - or whatever. Just because you're of the same sex, what difference does it make? Get married to whomever you want.
RAY ROMANO: Hey, I'm married. If somebody wants to ruin their life that's fine by me.

Will you come back for "X3?"
FAMKE JANSSEN: I might. It depends. It depends on many different things, who the director would be. Bryan Singer is no longer going to direct it. He did the first two and then he ended up doing "Superman" now. I love the first two "X-Men" because I thought that Bryan Singer did such a great job. He elevated that whole genre. He's a very talented director. So it really depends on [the director].

Was there a lot of green screen used in "X-Men" and "X2?"
FAMKE JANSSEN: Not so much with him. He actually prefers to do whatever he can without it, but inevitably.

What about the rumor "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" Joss Whedon might direct the third "X-Men?"
FAMKE JANSSEN: I heard that rumor too.

I've heard it on the street. I haven't heard it from close reliable sources yet, but I don't know. I'd really have to look at his take on [it]. It's so hard to imagine at this point anybody other than Bryan doing it because those two movies have such a specific, distinctive look. Hasn't the story been set up for Dark Phoenix?
FAMKE JANSSEN: Bryan really wanted to follow that storyline because it's one of the biggest storylines in the "X-Men" comic books. So it would have been great for me if that had happened and that scenario. I'm not sure what they're going to do. I know Dark Phoenix is a huge part of the “X-Men”" saga, so I'm assuming they're at least going to want to touch on it. But I don't know and I don't know whether I would want to be involved. That depends on many different things.

Wouldn't it be weird to see someone else play Jean Grey?
FAMKE JANSSEN: If they went with the Dark Phoenix storyline, then maybe not because I think she's supposed to be very different anyway.

Is there any progress on "Ice Age 2?"
RAY ROMANO: Yeah, there's a script and negotiating, and I think it's going to happen. That's what they tell me. I believe now. Let's see, I read the script a couple months ago. What happens now is I think they're worried about everything melting. Yeah, I think it starts out where they have to flee because they're about to get flooded. And I know Manny gets a girlfriend in it. My character, yeah, and this is how sad I am, I'm excited about it. You know how you get when you're playing in a film and you're going to have a boyfriend or girlfriend? You know, there's a little bit of excitement. I'm excited that my animated character has a girlfriend. Maybe I'll get a crush on her.

Are you trying to do a film a summer?
RAY ROMANO: The show is over this year so there will be no time frame, but that's what we tried the last two years. We did one over the summer with Kevin [James]. It's called "Grilled," temporarily called "Grilled." It's a dark comedy also. We play meat salesmen who are down on our luck and we have this very bad day where things go wrong and we just need to make a sale. They said January, but I know it's pushed to April.

Did you model that character after another neighbor?
RAY ROMANO: No, we met the guy. The meat guy and I actually sat and wrote a backstory. I don't know. I mean, I hate getting all actorly because I'm the last person to, you know? The director was great and he worked a lot with me and Kevin. When you hear me and Kevin you think it will be a broad comedy and it's really not. It's kind of twisted and dark. I'm just worried people are going to expect it to be zany and it isn't. This character I play is a little more selfish and lecherous than this guy [in "Eulogy"]. (Laughing) And he has a full beard and a moustache.

What's next for you?
FAMKE JANSSEN: I just did a movie over the winter called "Hide and Seek" with Robert De Niro, coming out January 29th I believe. I did "Nip/Tuck" over the summer for 10 episodes and I'm going to direct something with two other actresses. We're directing. It's Christina Ricci, Rosario Dawson and myself. It's one narrative but there's three different storylines that you follow. And each one of us is going to act in one of them and direct one of the other ones. So we're directing one another but we're not acting and directing in our same pieces.

What's your story about?
FAMKE JANSSEN: I know the entire story, but I'm not going to bore you with the whole thing. But I know which one I'm going to direct and I know which one I'm starring in. It's really fun. We're working on the script right now to get it polished and ready.

Do the stories have female themes?
FAMKE JANSSEN: No. I mean, we all are either married or have boyfriends in the film and there are guys too. It's us three actresses and a female producer at the moment. We're looking for a DP right now and are looking at some females. But it really depends when whomever is available and is the best, obviously. So it was written by a woman originally but we're going to have another writer come on to do a rewrite. We're workshopping it and stuff like that so it's not entirely. It's not a feminist project or anything like that but there are a lot of women involved in it. It's called "Real Women, Real Stories."


Famke Janssen Hot Scenes with Kelly Preston

FILMING a lesbian clinch can't be the easiest experience for an actress. But X-Men beauty Famke Janssen reveals she rather enjoyed kissing co-star Kelly Preston in her latest movie. Famke Janssen plays Mrs John Travolta's girlfriend in dark comedy Eulogy, which features some sizzling scenes between the pair.

Famke Janssen, 38, said: 'It was great. Kelly Preston's a good kisser, but the scene got cut out. I don't know why, maybe it was just too hot.

'Some actors are definitely better to kiss than others.When I look back on who I've kissed, it hasn't been that bad.

'Kelly Preston was hot. She's fun, beautiful, sexy and very open, and if you're going to have a lesbian relationship with anyone, why not Kelly?

'She's gorgeous and I thought we made a great-looking couple.We look hot together.

'I was excited about playing a lesbian. I'd never done that before.'

In Eulogy, the couple endure all sorts of spiteful remarks about their relationship and impending marriage.

And Famke Janssen,who based her character on a combination of her real-life lesbian friends, is angry there is still prejudice surrounding gay marriages.

Famke Janssen said: 'What's wrong with lesbians or gays getting married if they want to?Who does it hurt? Sometimes you just wonder, where's the progress we should be making? It's 2004 now and it shouldn't even bean issue any more.'

Off screen Famke Janssen is getting used to life as a single girl again after splitting up with her husband, director Tod Williams. She's in no rush to get back into the dating game, however.

Famke Janssen said: 'I'd been with my husband for 11 years before we broke up. It is something I now have to deal with, being out in the world as a single person. It's odd.

'We were married for six years and are still very close.We were together for a really long time, so I'm glad we are still friends, because it's like family at that point.

'I don't want to date. I don't want to do that whole thing. I'm just so busy with work that it doesn't really enter my mind.

'I don't have regrets. I think that maybe, with or without the travelling, my marriage would have broken up anyway.

'It's really hard to sustain.We were really young when we met too, so it's hard to grow simultaneously.

'People do it, but not very often when they are that young.We went through college together and all that kind of stuff.'

In a prospective partner Famke Janssen looks for intelligence and a good sense of humour, and she hates men who take longer to get ready than her.

Famke Janssen said: 'Vanity is a real turn-off. It's bad enough in women, but in men it is really not appealing to me. I don't like people who are just kind of full of themselves or spend a lot of time getting ready.

'Guys just look great when they wake up in the morning with their hair all messed up, scruffy or whatever.

'That is my favourite part of a guy. I'm envious of that, I wish we could just walk around like that in the world.

'Just be who you are as you wake up instead of having to get your hair done or do your make-up or get cute outfits together.

'It would be great if that was the norm or the attractive way for women to be too.'

As a former model, Famke Janssen knows all about the pressure to stay skinny and beautiful.

Famke Janssen appears in the new season of top US plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck and admits it's 'really scary what's going on now'.

And Famke Janssen vows never to go under the knife to keep her good looks.

Famke Janssen said: 'I really have a tough time with cosmetic surgery in the sense that I really don't want to start dealing with it.

'I know it's a big part of this industry, but if it got to the point where it took over and I began thinking about having plastic surgery, I think I'd just quit acting.

'Everyone who gets it done looks so freaky, and they go crazy.That's the truly scary part. If there was a way you could do it that made people say, 'Wow, they look great' but you could never tell, that would be OK.

'People just don't know when to stop though, like Michael Jackson. Who needs that?

'And why does the world need another clone? Because everyone who gets plastic surgery starts looking alike - and not in a good way.

'I grew up in Europe and it's just not the norm.

'You go to the beach and everyone just lets it all hang out. It's not the main obsession - beauty and looking young. It's very disturbing.

'I don't understand what happened to the world, why is it acceptable to do this all of a sudden? It seems excruciatingly painful to do all that to yourself - it's self-mutilation. And the focus goes to the wrong place.'

Despite her natural stunning looks and rising status as one of Hollywood's hottest stars, Famke claims she has fewer admirers than fans would imagine.

Famke Janssen said: 'I don't get hit on as much as people think, maybe men are intimidated.

'I mean, I look at other actresses who are single and think, 'As a guy, how would you dare ask them out or go anywhere near them?' 'It must be very intimidating, but I just don't look at myself like that, of course.

'I'm very independent and can take care of myself very well on a lot of levels, but I'm also very demanding - on myself and others.

'I expect the most from everyone and everything, so anyone who potentially would share my life and future is going to have to deal with that.'

As for thoughts of a family in the future, she already has a surrogate child to lavish love and attention on.

Famke Janssen's 'baby' is a Boston terrier named Licorice.

Famke Janssen said: 'He's all I can handle right now. He doesn't need a nanny, he can travel everywhere with me and he doesn't get drunk or do drugs. So he's not much trouble.'


MI6 Calendar - Famke Janssen November 2004

1st November 2004

Miss November 2004 is Famke Janssen who played Xenia Onatopp in the 1995 film "GoldenEye" and will be appearing in the new videogame "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent".

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"X-Men" mutant Famke Janssen will star in the thriller "Hide and Seek" with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning.

The movie centers on a young girl who loses her mother at an early age and learns to cope with the death in an unusual and ultimately terrifying way.

The film is currently shooting in New York under the direction of John Polson, known for the 2002 thriller "Swimfan" and his acting role in "Mission: Impossible 2."

"Hide and Seek" will be the latest big-budget film on Famke Janssen resume, following her previous roles in "I Spy", "Don't Say a Word" and both "X-Men" blockbusters.

Despite these hits, Famke Janssen continues to seek out parts in lesser-known indie pics like crime-drama "Made," with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.

Famke Janssen latest will be in the upcoming "Eulogy," a dark comedy that follows the three generations of a dysfunctional family as they come together for the funeral of the clan patriarch. The film will hit theatres next year

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