When you think of cinema, movies and actors, you surely think first of Hollywood. And when do you think of your home country’s film industry? And what about actors? What comes to your mind first when you think about good actors? Probably Hollywood, too.
In many cases, it’s thanks to the smaller, non-hollywoodian film industries that we can enjoy good actors and actresses in movies made in Hollywood. Movies made in Hollywood, but actors made elsewhere – for example in Germany.
Some famous and popular actors are originally from Germany and now globally known for their roles in Hollywood movies. They show that it’s not impossible for non-american actors to go to Hollywood and be successful.
You’re wondering who I’m talking about?
Taking a look at her birth name – Diane Heidkrüger – her origins become obvious. Born in Algermissen (near Hildesheim) in Germany, in 1979, she started with ballet in London at the Royal Ballet. But she had to stop because of an injury. After returning to her home country, Diane Kruger became a top model.
Luc Besson, film director, recommended her to come to Paris where she started her acting career at the Ecole Florent. She began with roles in The Piano Player, Mon Idole and other projects, but started her Hollywood career with a role in Wicker Park.
She changed her original name Diane Heidkrüger to Diane Kruger, a more international name.
Still filming Wicker Park, Diane Kruger gained the role as Helen of Troy in the movie Troy (2004), released before Wicker Park. That’s how the American public first saw her: as Helen in Troy. Her breakthrough in Hollywood. Additional movies: National Treasures with Nicolas Cage, Inglourious Basterds, Disorder, Inhale, Unknown, The Bridge and The Infiltrator.
His birth name shows his multiculturalism: Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo. Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1978. His mother was Spanish, his father a German TV director born in Brazil. After his birth, the family moved to Cologne, Germany. Due to his multicultural origins he speaks German, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Catalan.
After acting in theatre, Daniel Brühl had his first role in a movie when being a teenager. Afterwards he continued acting in television and films. His breakthrough was thanks to Bood Bye Lenin! (2003), followed by The Edukators (2004) and Salvador (2006).
It was in 2007, thanks to The Bourne Ultimatum, when the American public got to know him. His breakthrough in America. Two years later, with his role in Inglorious Basterds, Daniel Brühl established his fame and success.
Additional movies: The Fifth Estate, Days in Paris, The Countess and Rush.
Another Cultural Treasure: Did you know that Bruce Willis was born in Germany?