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Despite the potential pitfall of being a Bond Girl (there is talk of the curse that condemns many an actress' career, as seen with the output of over 50 percent of the actresses in the series after their Bond role), Janssen was savvy enough to not carve out an acting career based solely on blockbusters. After ''Film/DeepRising'', she established herself as a talented indie actress, though she was notable for appearing in the creepy remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999''. She then appeared in four entries of the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''[[note]]the original trilogy and ''Film/TheWolverine''[[/note]] as ComicBook/JeanGrey, widely accepted as a decent portrayal of the character, despite the screwover she got during ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' -- when ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' clearly sets up the Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the most famed story from the [[Comicbook/XMen comics]].

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Despite the potential pitfall of being a Bond Girl (there is talk of the curse that condemns many an actress' career, as seen with the output of over 50 percent of the actresses in the series after their Bond role), Janssen was savvy enough to not carve out an acting career based solely on blockbusters. After ''Film/DeepRising'', she established herself as a talented indie actress, though she was notable for appearing in the creepy remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999''. She then appeared in four five entries of the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''[[note]]the original trilogy trilogy, ''Film/TheWolverine'', and ''Film/TheWolverine''[[/note]] [[spoiler:''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast]] [[/note]] as ComicBook/JeanGrey, widely accepted as a decent portrayal of the character, despite the screwover she got during ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' -- when ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' clearly sets up the Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the most famed story from the [[Comicbook/XMen comics]].


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* 1998 ''Film/TheGingerbreadMan'' as Leeanne Macgruder


Famke Beumer Janssen is a well-known actress.

Though her birthday is disputed, Wiki/TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart from her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.

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Famke Beumer Janssen is a well-known actress.

[[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]]-born actress. Though her birthday is disputed, Wiki/TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. 1965.

Apart from her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.

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* StatuesqueStunner: A full six feet tall, and a definite MsFanservice...even in her 50s!

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!!Associated Tropes:

* ActorAllusion: In an episode of ''Series/NipTuck'' Ava gets compared to a phoenix - an obvious nod to Famke's role as Jean Grey.
* AdrenalineMakeover: She's played two characters who start out looking mousy but then go through this. Ms Burke in ''Film/TheFaculty'' and Jean Grey in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.
* CastingGag: She and Dougray Scott were husband and wife in ''Series/HemlockGrove'' and ''{{Film/Taken 3}}''.
* CreatorBacklash:[[invoked]] It took her years to admit it but she was disappointed with ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. When she was first cast as Jean, comic fans told her about the Dark Phoenix Saga and she got excited at the thought of doing it in a later film. She expressed disappointment with the final film, saying it had "too many subplots".
* EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]]
** For ''Hide and Seek'' she held a gun with her left hand (she's right-handed) because - although she had used guns in films before - Catherine is a normal psychologist and she didn't want her to look too comfortable holding a gun.
** For ''Film/GoldenEye'' she told Pierce Brosnan to throw her as hard as he could into the wall for the sauna fight scene. She broke a rib filming it.
* FakeAmerican:[[invoked]] Most of her roles. As she has an American accent naturally, she rarely plays Dutch characters.
* FakeRussian:[[invoked]] As Xenia in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* FemmeFatale: She plays a lot of these, likely with ''Film/GoldenEye'' to thank for it.
* LifeImitatesArt:[[invoked]] After doing ''{{Film/Taken}}'' she was inspired to take action in the fight against corruption. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
* MagnumOpusDissonance:[[invoked]] Her favourite role is a little-known comedy called ''Love & Sex''.
* NoStuntDouble: ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999'' has a scene where the glass ceiling breaks around Evelyn. Famke did her own stunt for that.
* OldShame:[[invoked]] She wasn't too fond of ''Hide & Seek'', saying she wouldn't have done it if Robert de Niro hadn't been in it.
* PlayingWithCharacterType:[[invoked]] In ''Film/TheFaculty'' she plays the ShrinkingViolet Ms Burke, hidden under NerdGlasses, frumpy clothes and MessyHair. Then when the alien possesses her, she goes BeautifulAllAlong and becomes more confident.
* ReclusiveArtist: She stays away from social media, saying she values her privacy.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]]
** She turned down the role of the T-X in ''Terminator 3''.
** She was offered a regular role on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' - appearing as Kamala again. She turned it down, wanting to focus on film work. The character Jadzia Dax was created to fill this spot.

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* 2018 ''Film/StatusUpdate'' as Katherine Alden

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!!Filmography:

!!!Films
* 1995 ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' as Dorothea Swann
* 1995 ''Film/GoldenEye'' as Xenia Onatopp
* 1997 ''Film/CityOfIndustry'' as Rachel Montana
* 1998 ''Film/DeepRising'' as Trillian St. James
* 1998 ''Film/{{Rounders}}'' as Petra
* 1998 ''Film/TheFaculty'' as Miss Elizabeth Burke
* 1999 ''Film/{{House On Haunted Hill|1999}}'' as Evelyn
* 2000 ''Film/XMen1'' as Jean Grey
* 2002 ''Film/ISpy'' as Rachel
* 2003 ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' as Jean Grey
* 2005 ''Film/HideAndSeek'' as Katherine
* 2006 ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' as Jean Grey
* 2008 ''Film/{{Taken}}'' as Lenore
* 2008 ''Film/OneHundredFeet'' as Marnie
* 2012 ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'' as Lenore
* 2013 ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' as Muriel the Grand Black Witch
* 2013 ''Film/TheWolverine'' as Jean Grey
* 2014 ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' as Jean Grey
* 2014 ''Film/{{Taken 3}}'' as Lenore

!!!Television
* 1992 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as Kamala, episode "The Perfect Mate"
* 2004-10 ''Series/NipTuck'' as Ava Moore
* 2013-15 ''Series/HemlockGrove'' as Olivia Godfrey
* 2015-16 ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' as Eve Rothlow
* 2016-18 ''Series/TheBlacklist'' as Susan Hargrave
* 2017 ''Series/TheBlacklistRedemption'' as Susan Hargrave


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!!She provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Famke occasionally plays this, in films like ''Deep Rising'' and ''I Spy''.
* DarkActionGirl:
** Memorably done and carrying on the Bond series tradition with Xenia Onatopp.
** As the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Grand High Witch]] in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', where she hands the good guys their backsides numerous times, and it takes a RasputinianDeath to finally kill her.
* FakeAmerican: Watch her in ''X-Men'' and you would never guess she was Dutch. In fact, nearly all of her roles have been playing Americans.
* {{Fanservice}}: Her character in ''Film/GoldenEye'' kills during sex. She has had the obligatory sex scene in a number of her movies.
* MsFanservice
* OlderThanTheyLook: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, she's 51. She could pass for a woman in her late 20s.
* OneOfUs: After the first X-Men movie, Famke did a lot of research on her character and read up on the Dark Phoenix Saga, hoping that the story would eventually take place in the movies. It took two years for Famke to finally speak out against ''The Last Stand'' and she was understandably pissed that her character's role was so diminished.
* StatuesqueStunner: Janssen is an even six feet tall when barefoot.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was cast as Serleena (the alien who disguises herself as an underwear model) in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', but had to drop out due to a death in the family.


Famke Janssen is a well-known actress.

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Famke Beumer Janssen is a well-known actress.


Though her birthday is disputed, TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart from her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.

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Though her birthday is disputed, TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart from her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.



* OlderThanTheyLook: According to TheOtherWiki, she's 51. She could pass for a woman in her late 20s.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, she's 51. She could pass for a woman in her late 20s.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was cast as Serleena (the alien who disguises herself as an underwear model) in ''Film/MenInBlack II'', but had to drop out due to a death in the family.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was cast as Serleena (the alien who disguises herself as an underwear model) in ''Film/MenInBlack II'', ''Film/MenInBlackII'', but had to drop out due to a death in the family.


Though her birthday is disputed, TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.

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Though her birthday is disputed, TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart from her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.


Despite the potential pitfall of being a Bond Girl (there is talk of the curse that condemns many an actress' career, as seen with the output of over 50 percent of the actresses in the series after their Bond role), Janssen was savvy enough to not carve out an acting career based solely on blockbusters. After ''Film/DeepRising'', she established herself as a talented indie actress, though she was notable for appearing in the creepy remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999''. She then appeared in the three ''Film/XMen'' movies as ComicBook/JeanGrey, widely accepted as a decent portrayal of the character, despite the screwover she got during ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' -- when ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' clearly sets up the Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the most famed story from the [[Comicbook/XMen comics]].

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Despite the potential pitfall of being a Bond Girl (there is talk of the curse that condemns many an actress' career, as seen with the output of over 50 percent of the actresses in the series after their Bond role), Janssen was savvy enough to not carve out an acting career based solely on blockbusters. After ''Film/DeepRising'', she established herself as a talented indie actress, though she was notable for appearing in the creepy remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999''. She then appeared in four entries of the three ''Film/XMen'' movies ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''[[note]]the original trilogy and ''Film/TheWolverine''[[/note]] as ComicBook/JeanGrey, widely accepted as a decent portrayal of the character, despite the screwover she got during ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' -- when ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' clearly sets up the Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the most famed story from the [[Comicbook/XMen comics]].

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