Seydoux at 2013 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Léa Schlumberger Seydoux
1 July 1985
Léa Seydoux (born July 1, 1985) is a French actress and model. Along with award-winning performances in French cinema and television, she has appeared in major films including Inglorious Basterds, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. In 2013 she shared the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Blue is the Warmest Color.
Léa Seydoux is the daughter of businessman Henri Seydoux and Valérie Schlumberger. She has five younger siblings and an older sister, Camille. Seydoux was born in the Parisian district of Passy, but grew up in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her parents divorced when she was a small child. Through her family involvement in media and entertainment, Seydoux grew up acquainted with prominent artists such as photographer Nan Goldin, Lou Reed, and Mick Jagger.
The Seydoux family is widely known in France. Her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is the chairman of Pathé; her granduncle, Nicolas Seydoux, is the chairman of Gaumont Film Company; her other granduncle, Michel Seydoux, also a cinema producer, is currently the chairman of the Lille football club, LOSC; and her father is CEO of the French wireless company Parrot.
Her mother Valérie Schlumberger is the founder of the boutique CSAO (Compagnie d’Afrique du Sénégal et de l’Afrique de l’ouest), which promotes the work of African artists, and Seydoux once worked as a model for their jewelry line Jokko. Schlumberger, who lived in Senegal as a teenager, is also the founder of the charitable organization ASAO (Association pour le Sénégal et l’Afrique de l’Ouest).
Seydoux describes her youthful self as short-haired, slightly disheveled, and widely viewed as a bit strange: “People liked me, but I always felt like a misfit.” Still concerned for her shyness in adulthood, Seydoux has admitted to having had an anxiety crisis during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Seydoux says that as a child she wanted to become an opera singer and even joined a music conservatory, but eventually her shyness compelled her to drop the idea. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she decided to become an actress. She took acting classes at French drama school Les Enfants Terribles, and in 2007 she took further training at New York's Actors Studio with Corinne Blue.
In 2006 she Seydoux played her first major screen role as one of the main characters in Sylvie Ayme’s Mes Copines. She starred in Nicolas Klotz’s short film La Consolation, which was exhibited in 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In these years, she also did her first work as a model for American Apparel and had a role in the films 13 French Street, Une Vielle Maîtresse and Jalouse, le film.
In 2008 Seydoux appeared in Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person, a role that earned her the 2009 Chopard Award from the Cannes Film Festival for “Best Upcoming Actress” and a César Awards nomination for Most Promising Actress. In 2009 she had a major part in Jessica Hausner's Lourdes, and a small role in her first Hollywood movie, Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. In 2010 she starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, playing Isabella of Angouleme; other 2010 work includes Louis Garrel's Petit Tailleur, and Rebecca Zlotowski’s Belle Épine, which earned her a second César nomination of Most Promising Actress.
Seydoux auditioned to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the part ultimately went to actress Rooney Mara. Seydoux recalled in an interview: “I got upset, but I don’t think I’d be able to do anything to get that part. It was totally against my nature. I worked hard, but Lisbeth was almost anorexic. I wasn’t like that”. Seydoux was chosen, however, to play Gabrielle in Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, whom she calls one of her favorite directors of all time. There was no casting – Allen was shown pictures of three French actresses and from all he chose Seydoux. In 2011 she participated in another Hollywood production, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which she played the killer Sabine Moreau alongside stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner.
After Mission: Impossible, Seydoux returned to French cinema, starring in Le Roman de Ma Femme and Roses à Crédit in 2011, and Les Adieux à la Reine and L’enfant d’en haut in 2012. Also in 2012, Seydoux played roles in Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, and Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski, both exhibited at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
In 2013, Seydoux was nominated for Best Actress at the 38th César Awards for her role as Sidonie de Laborde in Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen. Later that year at Cannes, Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the prize not just to the director Abdellatif Kechiche but also to the film’s two stars, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Seydoux.
In other work as a model (although Seydoux says she doesn’t see herself as one), she participated in the Levi’s television ad "Dangerous Liaison", and has been seen in several photo editorials, notably in US Vogue and W magazine. Seydoux advertised for Prada’s 2012 Resort line, and is the face of its 2013 campaign (directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola) for the fragrances Prada Candy and Prada Candy L’Eau. 
|2007||The Last Mistress||Olivia|
|13 French Street||Jenny|
|Les Vacances de Clémence||Jackie||TV|
|Des poupées et des anges||Gisèle|
|The Beautiful Person||Junie||Cannes Film Festival Awards for Female Revelation
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated—Étoiles d'or du cinéma français for Female Revelation
Nominated—Lumières de la presse étrangère for Female Revelation
|2009||Mon faible cœur||Lea|
|Des illusions||La fille du métro|
|Inglourious Basterds||Charlotte LaPadite|
|2010||Robin Hood||Isabella of Angoulême|
|Petit tailleur||Marie–Julie||Short Film|
|Sans laisser de traces||Fleur|
|Belle Épine||Prudence Friedmann||Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress|
|Roses à crédit||Marjoline||TV|
|Mysteries of Lisbon||Branca de Montfort||TV Series|
|2011||Midnight in Paris||Gabrielle||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Sabine Moreau|
|Time Doesn't Stand Still||Elle||Short Film|
|Le roman de ma femme||Ève||Prix Patrick Dewaere & Romy Schneider|
|2012||Farewell, My Queen||Sidonie Laborde||Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
|Sister||Louise||Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best Actress|
|2013||Blue Is the Warmest Colour||Emma||Palme d'Or
Hamptons International Film Festival Awards for Breakthrough Performer
Pending—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|2014||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty||Post-Production|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Clotilde||Post-Production|
|Saint Laurent||Loulou de la Falaise|
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- Lea Seydoux’s Prada Candy Perfume Ad, Style Frizz.com
- "Jewelry Alla Prada", October 26, 2011, Style
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