Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy

Her role in 'Before Sunrise' (1995)


“I love acting and I still want to do it, but I’ve such an instinct for
directing, it’s something that comes naturally to me. It’s why I’m here on this
planet.” Julie Delpy

One of the most popular French actresses of her generation, Julie Delpy, known
for her blonde, delicate beauty and talent, is best-remembered by most Americans
and highly-appreciated for her starring turn as French student Celine, opposite
Ethan Hawke’s American tourist, in director Richard Linklater’s
one-night-in-Vienna romance Before Sunrise (1995) and its continuation, the
Oscar-nominated film for Best Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset (2004, also
worked as a co-writer). For her magnificent performance, the appealing actress
won a 2005 Empire Film award. As a writer, she was garnered with Academy Award
and Independent Spirit nominations.

During her presence in the cinematic industry, Delpy has established a
triumphant acting career in both Hollywood and European movies with more than
thirty projects under her belt. She was seen in such films as Detective (1985),
Leos Carax’s Bad Blood (1986), La Passion Béatrice (1987), the acclaimed Europa,
Europa (1990), Three Colors Trilogy (1993-94) and Killing Zoe (1994). Her more
recent and forthcoming credits include Alan Rudolph’s Investigating Sex (2001),
Beginner’s Luck (2001), the comedy-drama Broken Flowers (2005), the George
Gargurevich-written fantasy 3 & 3 (2005), The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006), The
Hoax (2006), The Air I Breathe (2006) and Bathory (2007, also serves as director
and writer).

Off screen, Julie Delpy was chosen as one of People Magazine’s “25 Most
Beautiful” in 1995. A citizen of the United States and France, Delpy speaks
fluent French, English and Italian, as well as some Spanish and German. On a
more private note, she is single.

“Too many women throw themselves into romance because they’re afraid of being
single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won’t do
that.” Julie Delpy


Childhood and Family:

“I’m an adaptable nomad. I love Paris. I’ve been living in Los Angeles and New
York since 1990. I love London, too. My roots are inside of me.” Julie Delpy

Daughter to celebrity parents Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, who were actors in
both feature films and the avant-garde alternative theater, Julie Delpy was born
on December 21, 1969, in Paris, France. As a child, she made her stage debut
with her parents and soon developed a passion to become a film director. To
fulfill her childhood dreams, Julie attended a summer directing course at New
York University. She also studied acting with New York’s Actors Studio.

Born and raised in France, Julie frequently flew to New York and eventually
relocated there in 1990. Having been a naturalized United States citizen since
2001 (she also maintains her French citizenship), Julie is now a resident of Los
Angeles. During her off time, she enjoys cooking, painting, dancing, singing and
playing chess. Additionally, she loves sewing and making her own clothes.

Europa, Europa


Julie Delpy appeared on stage for the first time when she was 5 and made her
feature film acting debut before her tenth birthday with the 1978 drama Guerres
civiles en France. By the time she was 14, Delpy had impressed director Jean-Luc
Godard who later cast her as a wise young girl in his crime/drama Detective
(1985), a performance that became Delpy’s turning point. She further enhanced
her career with a fine supporting part as Lise in Leos Carax’s Bad Blood (1986)
and, in 1987, she was cast in the starring role in the Bertrand Tavernier-helmed
La Passion Béatrice, portraying the title character of a 14th Century victim of
incest and rape. Delpy made her English-language film debut with a cameo
appearance in Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1987). She rounded out the decade by
picking up the small role of a nun, the Virgin Mary and a temptress in The Dark
Night, a drama written and directed by Carlos Sauras.

Delpy moved to the United States in 1990. Her worldwide breakthrough arrived in
the early ‘90s when Delpy was cast in the starring role of Leni in Agnieska
Holland’s acclaimed Europa, Europa. After the success, the actress next
costarred with Sam Shepard in Volker Schlondorff’s Voyager (1991), played Fryda
in Warszawa. Année 5703 (1992), teamed up with director-writer Krystof
Kieslowski for Three Colors Trilogy, played small roles in Blue (1993) and Red
(1994) and a had a starring role in White (1994). Her American film debut came
in 1993 when director Stephen Herek cast her as lover Constance in a film
adaptation of The Three Musketeers. She gave another notable performance in the
following year with a starring turn as a benevolent Parisian prostitute, Zoe, in
Roger Avary’s Killing Zoe, opposite Eric Stoltz.

By the mid 1990s, Delpy’s rising popularity in Hollywood had been solidified
following her excessively attractive portrayal of a French student named Celine,
who has a one day romance with a young American tourist (Ethan Hawke) she meets
on a train, in Richard Linklater’s 1995 film Before Sunrise. The role garnered
her positive feedback, and as for the film, the romance earned lustrous reviews
and was hailed as one of the most fascinating films of the independent film
movement of the decade. Also in 1995, the aspiring filmmaker made her
directorial debut with the12-minute short Blah Blah Blah, a comical view about
two sexually bothered girls, which she also acted and wrote. The film was
screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995 and earned strong reviews from

Lured by the victory, she was tapped to star in the 1997 Hollywood film An
American Werewolf in Paris, portraying victim Serafine Pigot. The horror movie,
unfortunately, was commonly considered a disappointment by critics. Delpy was
next seen in small and quirky films like L.A. Without a Map (1998) and But I’m a
Cheerleader (1999). Despite the failure, she scored well on the small screen in
the late 1990s. Her first opportunity came with the made-for-TV movie Crime and
Punishment (1998) and then the ABC sitcom pilot True Love (1999), where she was
paired with Adam Goldberg as a New York duo who drives one another crazy. She
also portrayed American Barbara Branden in the Showtime TV-movie The Passion of
Ayn Rand (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Entering the new millennium, the international actress continued her work in
film by playing the small role of Lill in the American film Sand (2000) and
co-staring opposite Dermot Mulroney, Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell in Alan
Rudolph’s Investigating Sex (2001). She then appeared alongside Thomas Jefferson
Byrd, Brandon Quintin Adams and Tami Roman in MacArthur Park (2001), provided
the voice for the Celine character in the animated Waking Life (2001) and
starred in the drama/comedy Beginner’s Luck (2001), with Steven Berkoff. She
also revisited the small screen with the recurring role of Nicole in NBC’s
medical drama “ER” (2001). The subsequent years, she had roles in such films as
CinéMagique (2002), Villa des roses (2002), Looking for Jimmy (2002, also served
as a director and writer) and Notting Hill Anxiety Festival (2003).

Delpy again attracted attention in 2004 when she rejoined Ethan Hawke and
director Richard Linklater for the second installment of the 1995 critically
acclaimed Indie film Before Sunrise, Before Sunset (2004). Reprising the Celine
role, which is reunited with Hawke’s Jesse nine years after their first meeting,
Delpy was so impressive that she was handed a 2005 Empire Film award for Best
Actress. Aside from her outstanding acting, she was widely praised as one of the
films’ writers, wherein her fine contribution brought Delpy nominations at the
Independent Spirit awards for Best Screenplay and Oscars for Best Adapted
After starring with Luke Goss and Alec Newman in the TV miniseries
“Frankenstein” (2004), she returned to film with the co-starring role, opposite
Bill Murray, in the comedy-drama Broken Flowers (2005) and costarred with Kathy
Bates in the George Gargurevich-written fantasy 3 & 3 (2005). She recently
played the lead role in director John Stimpson’s thriller The Legend of Lucy
Keyes (2006). She will soon be seen in Lasse Hallström’s The Hoax (2006) and
star opposite Kevin Bacon in The Air I Breathe (2006). In 2007, she will take on
triple duty as actor, director and writer for Bathory, a film scheduled to
re-team Deply with Ethan Hawke.


Empire Film: Best Actress, Before Sunset, 2005
The people that are succeeding have often had a mentor of some kind. I think it makes a huge difference.More Julie Delpy quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I talk a lot. I express a lot of my feelings verbally.More Julie Delpy quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm an adaptable nomad. I love Paris, I've been living in Los Angeles and New York since 1990. I love London, too. My roots are inside of me.More Julie Delpy quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My experience is that relationships can be difficult, hard work. I love to be in a relationship.More Julie Delpy quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think some people, when they get a certain ego, they lose sense of whatever.More Julie Delpy quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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