I was incredibly misunderstood, says Famke Janssen | arts and entertainment


Famke Janssen feels she was “incredibly misunderstood”.

The Hollywood star believes audiences have sometimes failed to recognize the distinction between her on-screen personas and her real self.

She explained: “I sometimes feel incredibly misunderstood.

“It’s the dichotomy between how I look and what’s going on inside. But that comes from being in a Bond movie and playing this crazed assassin. All my friends and family know I’m clumsy and sensitive, and that I’m playing these characters that are so different from that; other people probably think I’m playing myself.”

Famke has always made a concerted effort to keep her privacy out of the spotlight.

The actress even admits that she “doesn’t like people knowing anything about [her]”.

She told The Independent: “Basically I avoid the press. I’m sure you’ve googled me trying to find things, but I’m super low key and realized a long time ago that I don’t really like people knowing anything about me.”

Famke played the role of Xenia Onatopp in “GoldenEye”, the 1995 James Bond film.

And she admits that it marked a turning point in her career.

She shared, “It was just an onslaught of attention, good and bad and everything in between.”

Famke then made the decision to avoid the cameras and “be less famous”.

But she now accepts that her approach has, to some extent, diminished her star potential.

The actress – who also starred in the ‘X-Men’ film series – said: “I’ve decided that I’d rather be less famous and do things on my terms.

“That means I don’t make as much money as other people. I don’t date famous people. I’m not on social media…But fame comes at a price, and it wasn’t the one I was ready to pay.”

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