Due to the worldwide popularity of American films, it is not uncommon to find people of other nationalities in Hollywood, looking to make a name for themselves. Despite not being indigenous to the United States, Diane Kruger has become a major player in Hollywood. Making a mark in Hollywood takes a lot of hard work, but the actress’ grace almost makes her industry takeover look effortless. Keep reading to learn more about this German-born actress.
Diane Kruger’s Biography & Age
Diane Heidkruger was born on the 15th of July in 1976 to Maria-Theresa and Hans-Heinrich Heidkruger in Algermissen, West Germany. Her father worked as a computer specialist while her mother worked in a bank.
Diane Kruger, who is the first child of her parents, has one other sibling – a brother called Stefan. Diane and her brother had a comfortable childhood which was spent in her native country of Germany but by the time she became a teenager, she was placed on foreign exchange programs in English speaking countries. This was done in a bid to help her learn how to speak the English language better.
As a child, all she wanted to do was dance ballet and she nursed this dream till adulthood, eventually successfully auditioning for a spot at the prestigious Royal Ballet School.
Diane Kruger later decided to take up modeling and for this, she migrated to France. Her relatively short frame did not deter her from pursuing a career in modeling and despite her height, she successfully modeled for about ten years before she started to dabble in acting. As a model, she worked for high fashions brands like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Marc Jacobs among others. She also got the opportunity to make cover appearances for fashion magazines.
Her transition into acting happened in 2002 when Diane Kruger landed her first role in the film, The Piano Player. The classes she took at Cours Florent, a school for acting, paid off and she began getting cast in a number of movies within a short period of time.
While she lived in France, Diane Kruger learned to speak the language and as a result of this, she speaks German, French and English. This multilingualism has been good for her career and enabled her to get roles in German, French and English movies. Some of her notable roles include Abigail Chase in the two National Treasure films, Helen in 2004’s highly acclaimed Troy, Mirjana in The Hunting Party, and as Bridget Von Hammersmark in the Quentin Tarantino 2009 film, Inglorious Basterds. Most of the work she has done in acting are in films but from 2013 till 2014, she starred as Sonya Cross in the FX network’s TV series, The Bridge.
Over the course of her career, Kruger has received awards for the work she has done, serving as a testament to the skill she puts in her craft as an actress and not just in English films but in German and French films as well.
Although she took up acting full-time, she did not stop modeling or representing brands, she is currently the brand ambassador from Jaeger-LeCoultre, a Swiss wristwatch company. She also works with L’Oreal and Calvin Klein as one of their spokespeople.
Diane Kruger’s Husband
Diane Kruger was previously married to Guillaume Canet, a French actor. They began a relationship in 1991 and ten years later they got married on the 1st of September, 2001.
They starred together in the 2005 French film, JoyeuxNoel, but in 2006, they got divorced. The actress has reported that they had to split up because of how far apart their individual careers took them.
Her next prominent relationship in the spotlight was with Joshua Jackson, an American actor known for his roles in Fringe and Dawson’s Creek, among others. The two were together from 2006 till 2016 before going their separate ways.
In 2015, the actress met her next partner, Norman Reedus when they both were cast in the same movie, Sky. The couple officially began dating in 2016 and are still together. In 2018, Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus had their first child together.
Diane Kruger currently stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches and weighs a commensurate 57 kg. Her other body statistics have been measured to be 33-23-35 inches for her chest, waist, and hips respectively. The actress maintains her enviable physique through outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking, and cycling.