The French-British born actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of the British actress and singer Jane Birkin and of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg is now a recognized character in the musical and cinematographic domain. Under the impulse of her mother, she got her first role at age thirteen in the movie PAROLES ET MUSIQUE of Elie Chouraqui.
Since then, her career has been crowned with successes, obtaining different awards: the Cesar of the “Best Feminine Hope” in 1986, the Cesar of the “Best Actress in a Secondary Role” in 2000 and in 2009, the price for “Feminine Interpretation” at the Cannes Film Festival. During her career she has been working with some of the greatest film directors, from Jacques Doillon to Lars Von Trier and Alejandro Gonzàlez Inarritu as well.
After the roles in CHARLOTTE FOREVER, LA PETITE VOLEUSE, MERCI LA VIE, she struggled finding acting roles. That ended in 2001 when she started working with her future husband, Yvan Attal in MA FEMME EST UNE ACTRICE and ILS SE MARIERENT ET EURENT BEAUCOUP D’ENFANTS. After her career was up hill again, it opened her to international roles including 21 GRAMS and I’M NOT THERE which recounts the life of Bob Dylan.
Her career evolved with more stronger and diverse characters, notably under the direction of Lars von Trier. She first worked with the director in ANTICHRIST, embodying a tortured and disturbing character far from the atmosphere of her previous roles. Two other collaborations with Lars von Trier developed to a turning point in her career. NYMPHOMANIAC, the last Lars von Trier film triggered strong reactions from the audiences and critics, as Charlotte Gainsbourg played the part of a nymphomaniac’s daily life.
Been raised by musicians, it was a natural step for Charlotte to develop musical projects on her own. She also made inspiring musical collaboration with her mother Jane Birkin, the French music group Air and the American musician Beck.
The unstoppable and multitasking Charlotte Gainsbourg celebrated her 43rd birthday this Monday (July 21st). It seems like fashion is on her agenda now – since June 2014 she is the muse of Louis Vuitton. She also started a collaboration with the brand Current Elliott for which she will design four collections. The first one was already launched in this July and is as simple and stylish as Charlotte is!
The ebullient all-rounder Charlotte appears in five different films in 2014. One of them INCOMPRESA, of Asia Argento, was presented in the section “Un Certain Regard” at Cannes Film Festival this year.
At ÉCU, we admire the quality, diversity and creativity of her work. And as films, fashion and music are gathered with talent, we cannot resist it! And you, who inspires you in your daily work?