Knockout blonde French actress Melanie Laurent plays sexy heroine Shoshanna in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” It’s her first movie in English at age 26.
But Laurent has other sides too. She directs films ‘ and even made a short film about porno just before playing Shoshana.
She’s also a singer. For the last year or she’s been collaborating with Irish singer songwriter Damien Rice up in Woodstock, New York. Rice, she says, may do the soundtrack for the French film she’s writing right now.
Ooh la la.
I had lunch with Melanie and co-star Christoph Waltz (pictured here together) yesterday over at the Standard Hotel near the HighLine. No one knows them yet. After “Basterds” opens on Friday, they will be household names and faces. Melanie, as Shoshanna, and Christoph, as Col. Hans Landa, steal the movie from a corps of hard at work actors including the hilarious Brad Pitt.
Since “Basterds” played in Cannes, each of their lives has changed. And it’s interesting since Christoph is exactly twice Melanie’s age (he doesn’t look it). At 53, he’s an overnight sensation.
“I just turned down a big police series in Germany,” Christoph tells me. “They offered me everything. They even announced I’d accepted. But I didn’t. I don’t want to do it.”
This is his chance, now, after a quarter decade, to make it in movies. He’s so good at comedy and drama, he’s already fielding lots of offers. It’s a dream come true.
“It’s unreal,” he says. “I mean, it’s real, because it’s happening. But it’s unreal.”