Adèle Haenel

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Adèle Haenel
Adèle Haenel Cannes 2017.jpg
Adèle Haenel in 2017
Born (1989-02-11) 11 February 1989 (age 31)
Paris, France
Years active2002–present

Adèle Haenel (French: [adɛl enɛl]; born 11 February 1989[1]) is a French actress.

Haenel began her career as a child actress and quickly rose to prominence in the French entertainment industry as a teenager. She has been nominated at the César Awards seven times, winning twice for her performances in Suzanne and Love at First Fight.

Haenel is also known for her long personal and professional relationship with director Céline Sciamma and appeared in her films Water Lilies, Pauline, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Life and career[edit]

Haenel was born and raised in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis. She has Austrian heritage through her father and speaks some German.[2] As a child she was involved in local theatre.

Haenel began her film career as the lead in the film Les Diables in 2002. In 2019 she revealed that after being systematically sexually harassed by the director of the film, Christophe Ruggia, she decided to abandon acting. After making the film Haenel did not act again for 5 years, however after a chance encounter with Christel Baras, the casting director who had cast her in Les Diables, she was persuaded to continue acting. Baras helped cast her in the 2007 film Water Lilies for which Haenel was subsequently nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2008.[3] She was nominated in the same category in 2012 for House of Tolerance (2011).[4]

In 2014, Haenel was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Suzanne,[5] and in 2015, she won the César Award for Best Actress for performance in the film Love at First Fight.[6]

In 2016 Haenel made her German language debut in the film The Bloom of Yesterday playing the French descendant of German Holocaust survivors.

Haenel received a nomination for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in BPM (Beats per Minute).

In 2019 Haenel was again nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Trouble with You. That same year she appeared in three films which played at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival: Deerskin, Heroes Don't Die and Portrait of a Lady on Fire directed by Haenel's frequent collaborator Céline Sciamma. Haenel was nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for the film, receiving her seventh nomination.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014 Haenel revealed she was in a romantic relationship with director Céline Sciamma, whom she met on the set of Water Lilies, by publicly acknowledging their relationship in her acceptance speech for her César award for Suzanne.[8] The couple amicably split in 2018, shortly before they began work on Portrait of a Lady on Fire.[9] In 2018 she was in a relationship with musician and singer Julia Lanoë from the band Sexy Sushi.

In 2019 Haenel gave an interview accusing director Christophe Ruggia [fr] of sexually harassing her from the time she was 12 to 15 after casting her in his film Les Diables.[10] Her account was backed up by many people who had worked on the film and noted Ruggia's inappropriate behavior towards her, along with letters he had written her at the time proclaiming his love for her.[11] As a result Ruggia was expelled from the Société des réalisateurs de films, the guild for French directors.[12][13][14] Though Haenel had explicitly chosen not to go to the police with her accusations, citing the justice system as "usually condemning so few sexual offenders" and "only one rape out of a hundred" and stating that "the justice ignores us, we ignore the justice.",[15] the publicity garnered by her interviews about the abuse led the Paris prosecutor's office to announce they were investigating Ruggia.[13] Haenel later changed her mind about working with the police and officially filed a complaint against Ruggia in late November of 2019.[16] In January of 2020 the police officially charged Ruggia with sexual aggression against a minor by a person of authority and sexual harassment.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Les Diables Chloé
2007 Water Lilies Floriane
2009 Déchaînées Lucie TV movie
2010 Adieu Molitor La copine de Paulin Short film
2010 Les Grandes Forêts Lise Short film
2010 Pauline Short film
2011 Iris in Bloom Isabelle
2011 House of Tolerance Léa
2011 Heat Wave Amélie
2011 Les Enfantants de la Nuit Heriette Short film
2011 Goldman Jeanne TV movie
2012 Folks Short film
2012 Alyah Jeanne
2012 Three Worlds Marion Testard
2012 La Mouette Macha TV movie
2013 Suzanne Maria
2014 Love at First Fight Madeleine
2014 In the Name of My Daughter Agnès Le Roux
2015 The Forbidden Room The Mute Invalid
2015 Les Ogres Mona
2016 The Unknown Girl Jenny
2016 Nocturama Girl with a bike
2016 Orphan Renée
2016 Seances
2016 The Bloom of Yesterday Zazie
2017 BPM (Beats per Minute) Sophie
2018 The Trouble With You Yvonne
2018 One Nation, One King Françoise
2019 Portrait of a Lady on Fire Héloïse
2019 Deerskin Denise
2019 Heroes Don't Die Alice


Year Production Director Venue
2012 The Seagull Arthur Nauzyciel Festival d'Avignon
2013 Le Moche / Voir Clair / Perplexe Maïa Sandoz Théâtre La Générale, Paris
2016 Old Times Benoît Giros Théâtre de l'Atelier
2016 The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas Maïa Sandoz CDN d'Orléans
2018 Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï Paul Moulin Ferme du Buisson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2008 César Awards Most Promising Actress Water Lilies Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award N/A Won
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actress House of Tolerance Won
César Awards Most Promising Actress Nominated
2014 César Awards Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Won
Prix Suzanne Bianchetti N/A N/A Won
2015 César Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Won
Cairo International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Lumières Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress In the Name of My Daughter Nominated
Prix Romy Schneider N/A N/A Won
Globes de Cristal Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Nominated
2016 Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur Best Actress Orphan Won
2018 César Awards Best Supporting Actress BPM (Beats per Minute) Nominated
2019 César Awards Best Actress The Trouble with You Nominated
Globe de Cristal Awards Best Actress - Comedy Nominated
European Film Awards Best Actress Portrait of a Lady on Fire Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Actress 10th Place [18]
Best Supporting Actress 13th Place
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated [19]
2020 César Awards Best Actress Pending


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  4. ^ Adèle Haenel, comédienne «déchaînée» qui refuse de dépendre du goût des autres Archived 21 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Les Quotidiennes. 29 May 2010. French
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  6. ^ "Cesar Awards: 'Timbktu' Sweeps, Kristen Stewart Makes History". The Hollywood Reporter.
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  9. ^ Erbland, Kate. "'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Filmmaker Céline Sciamma Is Trying to Break Your Heart". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  10. ^ Chu, Henry; Keslassy, Elsa (4 November 2019). "'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Star Adele Haenel Accuses Director of Years of Harassment". Variety. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  11. ^ Grater, Tom (4 November 2019). "French Actress Adèle Haenel Accuses Director Christophe Ruggia Of Sexually Harassing Her From Age 12; He Denies Allegations". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (4 November 2019). "Christophe Ruggia, French Filmmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment, Is Fired From Directors' Association". Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  13. ^ a b Vandoorne, Saskya (8 November 2019). "French film star Adele Haenel accuses director of abuse". CNN. Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Broadcasting Systems. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
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  15. ^ elle ne souhaite pas porter l'affaire devant la justice qui, de manière générale, selon elle, « condamne si peu les agresseurs » et « un viol sur cent ». « La justice nous ignore, on ignore la justice. » , #MeToo dans le cinéma: l’actrice Adèle Haenel brise un nouveau tabou Template:Https:// Mediapart, Marine Turchi. 3rd November 2019. French
  16. ^ KESLASSY, ELSA. "Adele Haenel Files Police Complaint Against French Director". Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  17. ^ Grater, Tom. "French Director Christophe Ruggia Formally Charged By Paris Prosecutors In Adele Haenel Sexual Assault Case".
  18. ^ Kohn, Eric (16 December 2019). "2019 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances According to Over 300 Critics From Around the World". IndieWire. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  19. ^ Stoddard, Elizabeth (7 January 2020). "2019 Awards". Austin Film Critics Association. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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