Anne Parillaud (French pronunciation: [an paʁiˈjo]) (born 6 May 1960 in Paris) is a French actress, who has appeared in 30 films since 1977.
She is best known internationally for her role as Nikita in the movie of the same name.
A native Parisian, Anne Parillaud was born on 6 May 1960. She had a sister named Cecilia who died of Cancer in 1969. She had two dogs named Douglas and Bowie and a parrot called Polly. While in school she studied ballet and her ambition was to become a lawyer, but a role during summer vacation — when she was only 16 — in Michel Lang's L'hôtel de la plage launched her into the world of film. She and director Luc Besson have a daughter, but the couple separated shortly after he directed her in Nikita. Nikita was an especially intense experience for Parillaud:
"For a while she was in me like a demon. I would do things I normally would not do. She was awkward, depressed, full of despair. But to me there was also a spiritual underline to Nikita. In a very excessive way she is a loudspeaker of the youth of society today. She destroys herself because she doesn't believe in anything on Earth." In preparation for the role, she underwent three months of judo lessons and target practice to hone her skills as a government assassin: "I hate guns, I hate violence, I hate judo." Her early ballet training also came in handy for one amusing scene though she modestly downplays her physical gifts, saying only, "I have a chewing gum kind of body. I just forget about the bones." Despite the glamour and danger of her character, Parillaud cautions, "It never happens to me, this kind of story."
After the international success of Nikita, Parillaud left France to star in three films abroad: Map of the Human Heart, Innocent Blood, and Frankie Starlight. She has said regarding the experience of playing a vampire in John Landis's Innocent Blood:
I fell in love with Marie in Innocent Blood because she wasn't born a vampire; she never decided she wanted to be. For me, it was a parable to talk about how you deal with this problem, which is when you are different. You think or you live or you want something different from everyone else. People don't follow you, because it's scary. You are quite alone in your choices.
She last starred in the French psychological thriller In Their Sleep (2010). which was directed by Caroline du Potet and Eric du Potet.
Selected filmography 
Personal life 
She was married to Jean Michel Jarre between 2005 and 2010. She has a daughter with ex-husband Luc Besson, Juliette, born in 1987 and two sons, Lou and Theo with film producer Mark Allan.
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