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My Resume: Famke Janssen

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The Dutch-born actress, 40, has spent more than a decade mixing a deadly cocktail of beauty and intrigue — as a Bond girl, a Nip/Tuck gender bender, a telepathic mutant… With X-Men: The Last Stand out on DVD, the former Chanel model — who cues up next as a pool hustler in 2007’s Turn the River — reflects on a career marked by powerful roles.

GOLDENEYE
1995 (Xenia Onatopp)
”I went from complete anonymity to people going, ‘She has a weird name. Isn’t that the one who kills men between her thighs?”’

CITY OF INDUSTRY
1997 (Rachel Montana)
”I really had to fight for it because it was so different from GoldenEye. I had to at least prove that I could be American.”

THE FACULTY
1998 (Miss Elizabeth Burke)
”I find [director Robert Rodriguez] extremely innovative. He operates the camera, writes the music, he is the director. I like to work with people who are outré.”

LOVE & SEX
2000 (Kate Welles)
After her first meeting with costar Jon Favreau, ”We ended up going [dancing at] the Derby, where he had shot Swingers. It set the tone for the whole production.”

NIP/TUCK
2004-2005 (Ava Moore)
”I thought, I’ve never done this before, this television thing where you sign on without seeing the whole script. I had no idea I was going to [end up being] a transsexual.”

‘X-MEN’ TRILOGY
2000-2006 (Jean Grey/ Phoenix)
”The great thing about Phoenix was you couldn’t really say she was purely evil. She was more complicated than that.”

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