Famke Janssen talks ‘Taken 2′, Life as a Bond Girl and Moving Forward as a Writer/Director

Famke Janssen is still well-known for appearing as a Bond girl in 1995’s Goldeneye.  But looking back, the actress isn’t too fond of that role.

“I’m also, I suppose, object to that whole world of ‘Bond girl’ as a woman,” she told Moviefone.  “It’s such a demeaning, silly title to give somebody.  And it’s definitely something that, as a woman, I have to deal with.  People constantly want to remind me or an audience that I was a model or that I was a superhero or that I was a Bond girl.  Any of those titles keep coming up, even now as a person who has directed her own movie.  It doesn’t happen with men as much.  They seem to be luckier in that department.  But I seem to have those things attached to my name regardless of what I do or how far away from it I am.  But that’s okay.”

Janssen appears next in Taken 2, the sequel to the kidnapping thriller starring Liam Neeson.  “I don’t think there was any trepidation [about doing the film],” she said.  “I’m not that lucky to have that many choices in my life, and like any other normal person, strapped for money, and there are times when I need to go back to work.  It’s just not that easy to get parts.  I’m certainly not, and I don’t think most actors are, to be in any position to turn anything down.”

Despite Janssen’s protestations that work is hard to come by, she’s launching Bringing Up Bobby, which she wrote/directed/produced.  “I’m trying to get my next movie off the ground and at the moment I’m shooting this thing for Netflix called Hemlock Grove,” she said. “And if that works out, as a set-up, then it would be ideal because it would be six months on for them and then six months off, and in those months I could pursue my dream of writing and directing and producing.  So that would be great.  And if that doesn’t work out and we don’t keep doing it, then I’ll try to find a job to support it.”

“It’s really difficult to make money in the independent film world, especially as a writer and director and producer.  I think I’ll probably continue to pursue a career in the independent film world because I think my sensibility is more attuned to that world than big studio films, especially with what they’re making at the moment.  I wouldn’t want to do a Twilight-type movie or a comic book adaptation.  It’s just not my sensibility.”

Taken 2 hits theaters on Friday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bill-hader.jpg
Bill Hader: “I kind of fell into acting” (video)
Bill Hader, starring in the soon to be released The Skeleton Twins, talks about the film and how he fell into acting and then got “crazy lucky” in this quick video from USA Today. Share on Tumblr
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/director-john-carney-narrates-a.jpg
Director John Carney Narrates a Scene from ‘Begin Again’ Starring Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo
Director John Carney (Once) narrates a scene from his new film, Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, the scene shows the first time the two characters meet. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard it’s great.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/holler-if-you-hear-me-gma.jpg
Watch the Cast of Broadway’s ‘Holler If You Hear Me’ Perform ‘California Love’ on GMA
The cast of Broadway’s newest musical, Holler If You Hear Me with music from Tupac Shakur, performed on Good Morning America this morning. Singing ‘California Love’, the cast (including the teriffic Christopher Jackson – read our interview here), show why they’re the most energetic and inspiring group of actors on Broadway. Holler If Ya Hear [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/behind-the-scenes-of-dawn-of-the.jpg
Behind the Scenes of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ with Performance Capture Actor Terry Notary
Actor Terry Notary is 1 of 5 actors playing the apes in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “When you see armies of apes,” he says, that’s “five of us.” Check out the video where you can watch his performance capture work.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/melissa-mccarthy-daily-show.jpg
Melissa McCarthy and John Stewart Talk About Terrible Commercial Auditions on ‘The Daily Show’
Melissa McCarthy stopped by The Daily Show last week to plug about her new movie, Tammy. She talked about how she loved working with her husband, Ben Falcone (director of Tammy) and then segued into talking about some horrible working situations. The always hilarious McCarthy then started to tell host John Stewart about a particular [...]