The Black­list: Re­demp­tion

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Famke Janssen loves play­ing for­mi­da­ble char­ac­ters. While she’s best known as pow­er­ful mu­tant Jean Grey in the X-Men movies (2000-cur­rent), she’s cur­rently on the smallscreen as vil­lain­turned-hero Su­san “Scot­tie” Har­grave in The Black­list: Re­demp­tion (2017-cur­rent). It’s the spin-off from The Black­list (2013-cur­rent) and she’s en­joy­ing repris­ing her role. “Tele­vi­sion is fun be­cause it moves fast,” she says. “It’s non-stop mov­ing, un­like film work.”

The Dutch-born 52-year-old never 1

in­tended to get into act­ing – she started her “show­biz” ca­reer as a model and worked with the likes of Yves Saint Lau­rent, Gior­gio Ar­mani and Chanel.

She ac­tu­ally didn’t even plan on 2

mod­el­ling – “I was study­ing eco­nom­ics at the Univer­sity Of Am­s­ter­dam and was spot­ted on the street. I wasn’t sure at first… but the more I stud­ied, the more I re­alised I didn’t want to be an econ­o­mist,” she laughs.

Famke quit the cat­walk in the 3

early ’90s and landed her first real role, as a Bond girl, in 1995 – she played Xenia Onatopp in Gold­enEye, along­side Pierce Bros­nan as James Bond.

She kept up with Pierce and only 4

let a stunt dou­ble per­form Xenia’s ac­tion scenes af­ter break­ing two ribs.

Famke hasn’t reprised her role as 5

Jean Grey in the new X-Men fran­chise and prob­a­bly won’t af­ter hit­ting out and say­ing “it’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause the women are re­placed and the older ver­sions are never seen again. Whereas the men are al­lowed to be both ages”.

The one thing she keeps pri­vate is 6

her dat­ing life. All that’s known is that she di­vorced her writer hubby Kip Wil­liams in 2000 af­ter five years and isn’t cur­rently see­ing any­one.

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