Thursday 23 May 2019

Move over Rihanna, actress Léa Seydoux is the new Bond girl

Actresses Lea Seydoux (C) kisses Adele Exarchopoulos (R) next to director Abdellatif Kechiche (L) after he received the Palme d'Or award for the film "La Vie D'Adele"
Tom Cruise, flanked by Paula Patton (left) and Lea Seydoux arrives for the UK premiere of Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Lea Seydoux attends the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 6, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan attend 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Freya Drohan

Léa Seydoux is the latest actress to land a coveted ‘Bond Girl’ role. Let’s find out more about the star.

Léa joins fellow French women Eva Green, Olga Kurylenko and Bérénice Marlohe in her new role as a Bond Girl.

The 24th Bond film, not yet officially titled, will start shooting in six weeks with a cast including Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris.

The upcoming installment, directed by Sam Mendes, will be released in November 2015.

Léa, best known for her work in her native country, also starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mission Impossible, Inglorious Basterds, and Midnight in Paris.

Now that she has officially landed the role, the 29-year-old will go through costume, make-up and camera tests over the next six weeks to develop and define her femme fatale character.

So, what do we need to know about the Parisian?

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, the jury were so impressed by Léa and her co-star Adele Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, that they insisted the actresses share the prestigious Palme d’Or prize with director Abdellatif Kechiche.

Her divorced parents are both involved in the media and entertainment industries in France, and as a result she grew up surrounded by notable celebrities including Lou Reed and Mick Jagger.

Both her grandfather and father are CEOs of billion-euro companies in France. Her father infamously gave her a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes when she was 12 years old (she has maintained a close relationship with the famous shoe maker.)

Léa had her first taste of the limelight in 2005, when she appeared in a French music video. Around this time she also started modelling for American Apparel’s Pantytime campaign.

In 2011, Léa was chosen to play Gabrielle in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Allen, one of her “favourite directors” picked her for the role without an audition, after he was presented with three photos of French actresses.

Léa is also a prominent model. She has worked on campaigns with Levi Jeans, Prada, Rag & Bone and Miu Miu.

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