By  on January 11, 2007

The next wave of international names to know.

Marie Gillain
Acting came naturally to Marie Gillain. “It all started when I saw the casting ad for ‘The Lover,’” says the 31-year-old petite brunette, referring to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s steamy 1992 film. Though she didn’t get the part, the experience launched her career. Within months she landed a role opposite Gerard Depardieu in Mon Père ce Héros (My Father the Hero). Then, at 17, she scored the lead role as an irresponsible teenager in Bertrand Tavernier’s L’Appât (The Bait), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Over the years, she’s never stopped stretching, whether as a sultan’s favorite in Ferzan Ozpetek’s Harem or as actor Fabrice Luchini’s clinging mistress in Bruno Chiche’s Barnie et ses petites contrariétés (Barnie’s Minor Annoyances). Despite her panoply of roles, Gillain said she still feels uncomfortable doing some things on screen. “I have a problem crying in front of the camera,” says Gillain, who now stars in jewelry house Piaget’s ads. In January, she stars as an enigmatic character in Regis Warnier’s adaptation of Fred Vargas’ best-selling book Have Mercy on Us All, a twisted crime story. This spring, she’ll play Nina, a junkie musician in Martin Valente’s film Fragile, and in July, she’ll be transformed into a blonde in Marc Gibaja’s romantic comedy, My life Without Meg Ryan. Later in the year, she’ll play opposite Guillaume Canet in Guillaume Nicloux’s latest film, The Key. Despite the raft of credits, Gillain still has plenty of screen ambitions. “I’d like to play a woman with guts now, a warrior,” she says. —Chantal Goupil

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