Charlotte Gainsbourg is part of one of the coolest families there is and so it would follow that her life would always be pretty extraordinary.
The daughter of actress and singer Jane Birkin and French musician Serge Gainsbourg, she was born in London and raised in liberal Paris surrounded by parties, music and the paparazzi. By the time she was 12, she was working as an actress and singer featuring on her father’s controversial track, Lemon Incest.
She made her film debut in 1984 playing Catherine Deneuve’s daughter in Paroles et Musique. While maintaining a successful music career, her acting roles came in thick and fast and she famously became a muse of controversial director of Lars Von Trier, appearing in Antichrist, Nymphomaniac and Melancholia. Now, she stars in her first Hollywood blockbuster for “Independence Day Resurgence”, in which she plays a stubborn French psychologist.
As you’d imagine, her style credentials are strong she has Parisian nonchalance nailed. But there’s something else about Gainsbourg, 44, that makes her captivating to be around, she’s graceful and perhaps a bit nervous, softly spoken but with clear opinions. There is also an air of dream-like melancholia about her.