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Overview (2)

Born in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. After a notable debut in Nach Fünf im Urwald (1995), the role of the heroine in Run Lola Run (1998), directed by her then longtime companion Tom Tykwer was her national breakthrough. After some other successful movies in Germany, she starred in several Hollywood productions, most prominently The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and lived one year in Los Angeles. After her return to Berlin, she continues working with German and international directors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: fippi2000

Spouse (1)

Derek Richardson (2012 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Ever-changing hair color

Trivia (23)

Her last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-the) means "powerful" in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Education: Otto Falckenberg School, Munich; Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.
Her father is a teacher.
Graduated from high-school (German Gymnasium) in 1994.
Says she was discovered as an actress in a public restroom. She was in a bar when she noticed she was constantly stared at by some woman. She decided to leave but went to the restroom before. The woman followed her and again stared at her through the mirror. Suddenly she asked "How would you describe yourself in one sentence?". Turns out she was a casting agent.
Has a brother who is three years younger and was very sick when he was born. She says she always was very jealous on the way he was cosseted and that was why she often behaved like a clown and arranged performances to get more attention, and that this was why she decided to become an actress.
Tom Tykwer wrote Run Lola Run (1998) specifically for her, with the intention of casting her as Lola.
In spring 2002, she broke up with longtime boyfriend Tom Tykwer.
Knows how to fence.
Disliked the strict fitness regimen and diet that were required for The Bourne Identity (2002).
Has occasionally shaved off her hair after filming movies because she has wanted time to get her "real" hair back (as it is dyed or bleached so often for roles).
Speaks fluent French, English, and German.
Plays the violin and the flute.
Number 8 in 'Neon' Magazine's list of 100 most important young Germans. (Issue 1, September 2003)
1998: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
1/16th Italian by descent. Her great-great-grandfather was an Italian roof-tiler, who stayed in Germany.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005.
Was director for the short movie Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (2006) (German title) for the first time 2005. She also wrote the script.
Wrote her first book "Los Angeles - Berlin. One Year." together with her good friend, the actor Max Urlacher 2005.
She is of Sicilian descent.
During the shooting of Blow (2001), she was so impressed by Johnny Depp that she always blushed in his presence.
Filming The Bourne Supremacy (2004). [November 2003]
Has 2 daughters with her husband Derek Richardson - Polly Richardson (b. April 2011) and Georgie Richardson (b. 2013).

Personal Quotes (17)

To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give.
When I was a kid at first I wanted to own a candy shop. I guess every kid wants to - we just want to have access - free access.
I think working with Johnny Depp was very intimidating. It was my fault though. I mean he's a total cool nice, nice guy, but I was just so, I don't know, overpowered by his presence. Like he's a very mystic person. He's older so I never really warmed up around him. I was so stiff.
I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Matt Damon's character fell in love with a girl with a real butt?' They were like, 'Yeah sure, sure - here's your personal trainer.'
I always performed when I was a child. My parents got very annoyed, because my brother and I had our little bedrooms upstairs, and I would plaster the house with posters with arrows pointing upstairs.
I think when I'm in love, I really am very good with calling, little faxes, and visiting and I really put a lot of effort into it. I'm really not the one that's not available because of work and I'm very sad when I actually leave.
I choose my work very carefully, always for the script and the director, and I don't think that's going to change. My work is like a house. It's built on very strong poles.
I don't like actors who try to talk directors into making their part bigger and that's really lame.
Everybody is great when things are great. It's the 'not great' stuff that matters.
My background is a small town with no movie theater. So... I always pictured myself onstage. I went to acting school and learned all the skills. I left early because I did my first movie and discovered that I really loved the minimalistic work with the camera.
I just want to be able to sit on grass as long as I want to, without anybody telling me to leave. Everything is so restricted, here, in that you actually have to stand behind a line, you can't go up the Canyon and enjoy the view.
I don't really care where I work, actually, because you know making a movie is like living in movie world. There's such a secluded world, and the director is the king ruling the country, and everybody's building this little town to speak in symbolism.
I think I'm a really good partner and very sensitive to the other person's feelings. I want somebody else to be comfortable, to understand about my job, and if they want to come on a set and see me work, they always can.
I think actors are divided into two groups: one that wants to be an actor to become famous and rich, and the other that wants to be an actor because they have to be. I'm more in the second group.
I never consciously said, 'I want to be an actor.' It sounds stupid, but it's kind of like being a painter or something. You don't say, 'From today on I'm going to be a painter.' It's not something conscious - you've just been painting pictures all your life.
I'm so uncomfortable, especially in emotional situations, having to say sentences that don't feel right. As an actor - or really, as any kind of person sensitive to it.
I've published one book before, and now I'm writing a book of essays and stories about life in Tokyo. And I have one book coming out in May in Germany, about fitness.

Salary (1)

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) $1,000,000

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