Elsa Pataky

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Elsa Pataky
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Pataky at a presentation for Time Force watches in December 2007
Born Elsa Lafuente Medianu
(1976-07-18) 18 July 1976 (age 38)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Ethnicity Spanish, Romanian, Hungarian
Occupation Model, actress, film producer
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Spouse(s) Chris Hemsworth (m. 2010)
Children 3

Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born 18 July 1976),[1] known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model, actress, and film producer. She is best known for her role as Elena Neves in Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). She has also appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane (2006), Giallo (2009) and Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2009). She also starred in the Spanish film Di Di Hollywood in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Elsa Pataky was born in Madrid, Spain,[1] the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Pataky Medianu, a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry.[2][3] Pataky attended the CEU San Pablo University,[4] studying journalism and taking acting classes.

In addition to Spanish, she is fluent in English, Romanian, Italian, and French.[5]

Career[edit]

Pataky was a member of the Madrid theatre company Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez. Eventually, she left school when she was cast in the television series Al salir de clase.[2] Some of her subsequent films were co-productions with the UK and France, which introduced her to working in English and French. She was in the cast of the television series Queen of Swords (2000) as Señora Vera Hidalgo, trophy wife of Gaspar Hidalgo and mistress of Captain Grisham, credited in the opening titles but appearing in only 14 of the 22 episodes. She also had a recurring role in the television series Los Serrano, playing teacher Raquel, who fell in love with her student Marcos (Fran Perea).

Pataky has appeared in over 10 Spanish films and co-starred in the French film Iznogoud (2004). She was also on the cover of August 2006 issue of Maxim. She was cast in 2009 in the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas as Paula Moncada in the episode "Ana y Paula, Ultrajadas". She also starred in the action noir film Give 'Em Hell, Malone and Dario Argento's Giallo.

Pataky became the female face for the first collection of Time Force's jewelry line Ultimate Jewel, opposite soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.[6] She played Officer Elena Neves in the movie Fast Five, with Dwayne Johnson as her partner. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.[7] Pataky was a stand in for Natalie Portman in the post end credit scene in Thor: The Dark World.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pataky began dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006.[9] For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century estate in New York. Pataky and Brody were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008.[10] The pair broke up in 2009, and Pataky subsequently dated French actor Olivier Martinez that year.[11]

She then began dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010, after meeting through their mutual representatives.[12] Pataky and Hemsworth married over the Christmas holidays in 2010.[13] They have three children: daughter India Rose (b. May 2012)[14] and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha (b. March 2014).[15][16]

In September 2012, Pataky won €310,000 in Spain's supreme court against publishing group Ediciones Zeta. In March 2007, Interviu magazine, owned by the Zeta, published topless photos of Pataky that had been taken with a long lens while Pataky was changing clothes during a topless photoshoot (with her hands covering her breasts) for Elle magazine. The Zeta group said it would appeal the decision.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Pataky at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Solo en la buhardilla Chica revista Short
2000 The Art of Dying [18] Candela
2000 Tatawo[18] Blanqui
2000 Less Is More [18] Diana
2001 Don't Tempt Me Waitress in Hell
2001 Twelfth Night[18] Marta Cuspineda
2002 Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar?[18] Fátima
2003 Beyond Re-Animator Laura Olney
2003 El furgón[18] Nina
2003 Atraco a las 3... y media[18] Katya
2004 Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt Barbara
2004 Tiovivo c. 1950 Balbina
2005 Iznogoud Prehti-Ouhman
2005 Arquitectura efímera deconstruida Vídeo 'Retorciendo palabras' Video
2005 Ninette Alajandra 'Ninette'
2006 Snakes on a Plane Maria
2007 Manual of Love 2 Cecilia
2008 Máncora[18] Ximena Saavedra
2008 Skate or Die Dany
2008 Santos[18] Laura Luna
2009 Giallo Celine
2009 Give 'Em Hell, Malone Evelyn
2010 Mr. Nice Ilza Kadegis
2010 Di Di Hollywood Di Di
2011 La importancia de llamarse Enesto Short
2011 Fast Five Elena Neves
2011 Where the Road Meets the Sun[19] Michelle
2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla[18] Bruja del Norte aka Copito de nieve
2012 All Things to All Men Sophia Peters
2013 The Wine of Summer Veronica Also producer
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Elena Neves
2014 Ra.Uno Sonia Spanish European voice-dub
2015 Fast & Furious 7 Elena Neves

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Al salir de clase Raquel Alonso 192 Episodes
1998 Tio Willy 1 Episode
1998 La vida en el aire 13 Episodes
2000 Hospital Central Maribel 2 Episodes
2000 Queen of Swords Vera Hidalgo 14 Episodes
2002 Clara TV movie
2002 Paraíso Luisa 1 Episode: "El cebo"
2003 7 vidas Cristina 1 Episode: "La jaula de las locas"
2003 Los Serrano Raquel Albaladejo 11 Episodes
2005 Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale[20] Ekran TV movie
2009 Mujeres asesinas Paula Moncada 1 Episode: "Ana y Paula, ultrajadas"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elsa Pataky". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b Elsa Pataky Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ "Elsa Pataky VIDEO Interview". Vogue. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Universidad de San Pablo CEU Official site". Ceu.es. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Elsa Pataky Biografia / Official Website". Elsapataky.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ Fashion.bg (6 December 2011). "Elsa Pataki presented Time Force jewelry collection". bgfashion.net. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Natalie Portman: Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Was My Stand-In For Kissing Scene in Thor: The Dark World
  9. ^ Daily Mail Reporter (2008-10-07). "The 19th century New York castle romantic film star Adrien Brody bought his fairytale princess". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  10. ^ Hello (2008-10-07). "Adrien and Spanish love Elsa share their 'dream castle' with HELLO!". Hello magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  11. ^ Marcy (2009-05-16). "Adrien Brody’s Girlfriend leaves him for Olivier Martinez". Zimbio. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  12. ^ Macaluso, Beth Anne (12 June 2012). "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Julie Jordan (2010-12-28). "Thor Star Chris Hemsworth Gets Married". People. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  14. ^ Macaluso, Beth Anne. "Chris Hemsworth's Wife Elsa Pataky Gives Birth to Daughter India!". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  15. ^ Pataky, Elsa. "Cómo he preparado la llegada de los bebés" (in Spanish). Glamour. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Nudd, Tim; Jordan, Julie (21 March 2014). "Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky Welcome Twin Sons". People. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Fiona Govan (18 September 2012). "Spanish actress Elsa Pataky wins topless photo case". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Films". Elsa Pataky (official site). Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Paths That Cross in Los Angeles". New York Times. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Christmas Tale (2005) – Film Reel Reviews". wordpress.com. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

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