Born into a family of popular French television personalities, there was no eluding fame for French actress Emma de Caunes. The daughter of the anticonformist entertainer and actor Antoine de Caunes, she is also the granddaughter of Georges de Caunes, a popular on-air journalist in the Sixties and Seventies. But the 30-year-old beauty has quickly made a name of her own.

At 20, she won a César—the French equivalent of an Oscar—for most promising actress for her role in Sylvie Verheyde’s Un frère (Brother), and de Caunes has appeared in 20 more movies since then, including Christophe Honoré’s Ma Mère (My Mother) with Nathalie Baye, Steve Bendelack’s Mr. Bean’s Vacation and Denys Arcand’s last movie, The Age of Ignorance. She also hosts La Musicale, a music program on the small screen that features artists such as Robbie Williams, The Strokes and Vanessa Paradis.

ON MATURITY: “A rebellious teenager, I was against everything, but I had great energy,” says de Caunes. These days, she’s a bit more responsible, seeing as she’s mother to a five-year-old daughter (although she does date famous Paris night owl, the one-named André, owner of Le Baron nightclub).

FASHION PHILOSOPHY: De Caunes has worn designer clothes and has posed for paparazzi since she was a young girl, but only recently has she started to enjoy it. “I use to feel all dressed up, like an image, not myself,” she says. “Nowadays, I take pleasure in wearing pretty dresses and nice jewelry.”

UP NEXT:  For her next role—a Marion Vernoux saga for French television channel Canal Plus—de Caunes plays a character who ranges in age from 17 to 45. But, like many young French actresses these days, de Caunes harbors directing ambitions and is writing a screenplay. Papa Was a Rolling Stone is a loose autobiography she’ll start filming at the end of next year. She’ll also play an actress in Diastème’s new movie, Le bruit des gens autour (The Noise of People Around), which takes place in Avignon, France, during the famous Avignon festival.

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