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And the way I look is definitely a double-edged sword.I've been lucky because I've never been out of work since I started acting, and I've been in some big studio films, but that's not actually enough creatively." But it is impossible to disregard her appearance.In her other notable role, she has played the telepathic mutant Dr Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise.The three hugely successful films have led to financial security - and a fanatical following for the six-foot tall actress.
They clearly needed me to say to Liam’s character: ‘Let her [their daughter] go to Paris,’ and then she was kidnapped.Famke Janssen, 47, got her big break as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in Golden Eye.Here she talks to Metro about new film Taken 2, working with Liam Neeson and directing her first film, Bringing Up Bobby. Your character wasn’t very likeable in the first one; what’s she like this time?She plays a recently widowed woman with two adopted children in The Treatment, a drama with Ian Holm, directed by Oren Rudovsky."It's a great Woody Allen type of movie," she says.You have been reinventing yourself as a director in your new film, Bringing Up Bobby, starring Milla Jovovich. Milla plays a woman from Ukraine living in Oklahoma with her 11-year-old son. Great – I like being creative and I love movie sets. I got to be part of the entire process and learned everything from scratch. And, as a director, you have to be ruthless sometimes. What preceded it were years of struggling and being turned down in Hollywood for every imaginable reason. I think any man of that calibre would have been recognised much more as an artist. I love to ride my bicycle along the Hudson River in New York. She is a Robin Hood-esque character, in that she’s stealing but for the good of her son. I live in New York and if somebody happens to be shooting a film, I’m one of the gawkers watching what’s going on. You should say: ‘That’s great but it doesn’t work.’ Are things improving for women in Hollywood? I was just about to give it up when I got Golden Eye. Ultimately, you realise you have to do things for yourself because you can never really please others. It is patently obvious that "the work" is the only thing that interests her. And there's a childlike enthusiasm about her admiration for Daniel Day Lewis: "He is my favourite actor of all time, and I love the films he's done with Jim Sheridan - The Boxer, In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot.While she is happy enough to discuss X-Men and Bond, she prefers talking about filmmakers: "Jane Campion [The Piano] is one of my biggest inspirations," she says, reeling off her other favourites: "Terrence Malick, Stanley Kubrick, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard - I love the whole New Wave of French filmmakers. They have so much heart and the combination of the two of them is amazing.She's never deliberately fostered that image though; on the contrary, she's done her best to counter it."I just did three independent films in a row and lost money on all of them, but I don't care," says Janssen.