Pom Klementieff

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Pom Klementieff
Pom Klementieff Comic Con 2016.jpg
Klementieff at Comic Con in 2016
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 32)
Years active2007–present

Pom Klementieff (born 3 May 1986)[1] is a Canadian-born French[2] actress. She was trained at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris and has appeared in such films as Loup (2009), Sleepless Night (2011) and Hacker's Game (2015). She plays the role of Mantis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Early life[edit]

Pom Klementieff was born in Quebec City, Canada, to a Korean mother and French-Russian father, who was working there as a consul with the French government.[3][4] Her parents chose the name "Pom" because it is similar in pronunciation to the Korean words for both "spring" () and "tiger" ().[4] Klementieff lived in Canada for one year before her family traveled extensively due to her father's job.[5] They lived in Japan and the Ivory Coast, before settling in France. Klementieff later said that travelling at an early age gave her a "gypsy soul".[4][5]

Klementieff's father died of cancer when she was 5, and her mother had schizophrenia and was unable to care for children,[4] so Klementieff was raised by her paternal uncle and aunt.[3] Her uncle, whom she described as "like [her] second father", died on her 18th birthday.[4] Klementieff briefly attended law school after her uncle's death to appease her aunt but did not find the career path appealing. She also worked as a waitress and saleswoman in France.[4] She started acting at age 19 at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris. A few months into her education, she won a theater competition that awarded her free classes for two years with the school's top teachers.[5]


Klementieff at the 2018 Brussels Comic Con

Klementieff's first professional acting job was the French independent film Après lui (2007), portraying the stepdaughter of the protagonist played by Catherine Deneuve.[3] Filming for her scenes took three days. During one scene, Klementieff was supposed to push someone down a set of stairs but accidentally fell down the stairs herself, and director Gaël Morel kept that shot in the final film. Her first leading role was in Loup (2009), a French film about a tribe of reindeer herders in the Siberian mountains. During filming, Klementieff stayed in a camp, hours from the nearest village, where temperatures dropped well below zero. During filming she befriended nomads who lived there, worked with real wolves, rode reindeer, and swam with a horse in a lake.[5]

Klementieff made her Hollywood debut in Spike Lee's Oldboy (2013), a remake of the South Korean film of the same name.[5][6] She portrayed Haeng-Bok, the bodyguard of the antagonist played by Sharlto Copley. A fan of the original film, Klementieff heard about the part through Roy Lee, a producer with the remake, and took boxing lessons after learning the role involved martial arts. After showcasing her boxing skills during her audition, Lee asked her to go home and come back wearing a more feminine outfit and make-up, like her character in the film.[4][3] She contributed some of her own clothes to the character's wardrobe,[3] and trained three hours a day for two months for an on-screen fight with star Josh Brolin.[3][6] Klementieff came up with the name Haeng-Bok, Korean for "happiness", herself after Lee asked her to research possible names for the character.[3][5]

Klementieff moved to Los Angeles after Oldboy was filmed and began pursuing more Hollywood auditions.[3][5] She continued taekwondo after the film, and has a purple belt as of the summer of 2014.[3] Her next acting role was the film Hacker's Game (2015), in which she plays a hacker she compared to Lisbeth Salander from the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Klementieff used her boxing skills again in the film, and due to the movie's low budget, she had to do her own make-up and chose her own wardrobe.[5] It was her idea to dye her hair purple for the role, to which the directors first objected but later acquiesced.[3] She joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and appeared in the same role in the film Avengers: Infinity War (2018).[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Après lui Emilie
2008 The Easy Way NHI
2009 Loup Nastazya
2009 Pigalle, la nuit Sandra TV series (eight episodes)
2011 Borderline Naomi
2011 Sleepless Night Lucy
2011 Delicacy Waitress
2011 Love Lasts Three Years Julia
2011 Silhouettes Valerie
2012 Radiostars The pizza girl
2012 Porn in the Hood Tia
2012 À l'ombre du palmier Le modèle Short film
2012 El Turrrf Pom Short film
2013 Paris à tout prix Jess
2013 Oldboy Haeng-Bok
2014 RossFit Short film
2015 Hacker's Game Loise
2016 Seed Cat Short film
2017 Ingrid Goes West Harley Chung
2017 Newness Bethany
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Mantis
2017 Alteration Elsa Short film
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Mantis
2019 Avengers: Endgame Post-production
2019 Uncut Gems Lexus Post-production

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Qui es-tu Pom Klementieff?/Who are you Pom Klementieff?". Première (in French). France. 7 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Miss Klementieff est née au Québec le 3 mai 1986, d'un père russe et d'une mère coréenne./Miss Klementieff was born in Quebec on May 3, 1986 to a Russian father and a Korean mother. Additional WebCitation archive on 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Klementieff, Pom [@pomklementieff] (28 July 2016). "I'm French. NOT Canadian-French" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Actress Pom Klementieff from Spike Lee's Oldboy". Filler Magazine. 2 (5). Summer 2014. Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. Additional Archive.is archive on 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Han, Steve (November 2013). "Korean French Actress Pom Klementieff Makes US Debut in 'Oldboy' Remake". KoreAm. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 5 July 2014. So I told [filmmaker Spike Lee], my father died when I was 5. My mother, she is schizophrenic, so she couldn’t take care of me and my brother, who committed suicide a few months before the audition [for Lee's remake of Oldboy].
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Chang, Mina (2 July 2013). "Q&A with Pom Klementieff". Anthem Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b De Ville, Reece (April 7, 2014). "Interview: Oldboy's ass kicking, earth moving Pom Klementieff". TheDigitalFix.com. Archived from the original on July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Romano, Nick (28 January 2017). "Avengers: Infinity War adds Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy 2". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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