Anne Parillaud ([an paʁiˈjo]; born 6 May 1960) is a French actress, who has appeared in 30 films since 1977.
She is best known internationally for her title role in the film Nikita.
Was born in Paris, France. While in school she studied ballet and her ambition was to become a lawyer, but a role during summer vacation – when she was only 16 – in Michel Lang's L'hôtel de la plage (1978) launched her into the world of film. She had a three-year relationship with actor Alain Delon and co-starred with him in his only two films as director, Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) and Le Battant (1983). She then met director Luc Besson and married him in 1986, but the couple separated shortly after he directed her in Nikita. Nikita was an especially intense experience for Parillaud:
For a while, she was in me like a demon. I would do things I normally would not do. She was awkward, depressed, full of despair. But to me there was also a spiritual underline to Nikita. In a very excessive way, she is a loudspeaker of the youth of society today. She destroys herself because she doesn't believe in anything on Earth."
In preparation for the role, she underwent three months of judo lessons and target practice to hone her skills as a government assassin: "I hate guns, I hate violence, I hate judo." Her early ballet training also came in handy for one amusing scene though she modestly downplays her physical gifts, saying only, "I have a chewing gum kind of body. I just forget about the bones." Despite the glamour and danger of her character, Parillaud cautions, "It never happens to me, this kind of story.
After the international success of Nikita, Parillaud left France to star in three films abroad: Map of the Human Heart, Innocent Blood, and Frankie Starlight. She has said regarding the experience of playing a vampire in John Landis's Innocent Blood:
I fell in love with Marie in Innocent Blood because she wasn't born a vampire; she never decided she wanted to be. For me, it was a parable to talk about how you deal with this problem, which is when you are different. You think or you live or you want something different from everyone else. People don't follow you, because it's scary. You are quite alone in your choices.
In 2010 she starred in the French psychological thriller In Their Sleep which was directed by Caroline du Potet and Eric du Potet.
|1977||Un amour de sable||uncredited||Christian Lara|
|1978||L'Hôtel de la plage||Estelle Delambre||Michel Lang|
|1979||Écoute voir||Chloé/Moune||Hugo Santiago|
|1980||Girls||Catherine Flavin||Just Jaeckin|
|Patrizia||Patricia Cook||Hubert Frank|
|1981||Pour la peau d'un flic||Charlotte||Alain Delon|
|1983||Le Battant||Nathalie||Alain Delon|
|1988||Juillet en septembre||Marie||Sébastien Japrisot|
|1989||Che ora è?||Loredana||Ettore Scola|
|1992||Innocent Blood||Marie||John Landis|
|1993||Map of the Human Heart||Albertine||Vincent Ward|
|1994||À la folie||Alice||Diane Kurys|
|1995||Frankie Starlight||Bernadette||Michael Lindsay-Hogg|
|1996||Passage à l'acte||Isabelle||Francis Girod|
|Dead Girl||Helen Catherine Howe||Adam Coleman Howard|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||Queen Mother Anne of Austria||Randall Wallace|
|Shattered Image||Jessie Markham||Raúl Ruiz|
|1999||Une pour toutes||Olga Duclos||Claude Lelouch|
|2002||Gangsters||Nina Delgado||Olivier Marchal|
|Sex Is Comedy||Jeanne||Catherine Breillat|
|2004||Deadlines||Julia Müller||Ludi Boeken and Michael A. Lerner|
|Promised Land||Anne||Amos Gitai|
|2005||Tout pour plaire||Florence||Cécile Telerman|
|2007||Demandez la permission aux enfants||Anna Sebag||Éric Civanyan|
|Une vieille maîtresse||Mme de Solcy||Catherine Breillat|
|2009||L'Imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo||Beatrice||Alfonso Arau|
|2010||In Their Sleep||Sarah||Caroline Du Potet and Eric Du Potet|
|2010||la marquise des ombres||Madame de Brinvilliers|
|2012||What the Day Owes the Night||Madame Cazenave|
- César Award for Best Actress in 1991 for Nikita
- David di Donatello Awards for Best Foreign Actress in 1991 for Nikita
- Paris Film Festival for Best Actress in 2004 for Deadlines
- Tokyo International Film Festival for Special Mention in 1993 for Map of the Human Heart