Marie-Josée Croze first studied fine arts before opting for the stage at La Veillée-Prospero Theatre workshop in Montreal. In 1993 she got her first movie part in La Florida and started working for numerous Canadian TV series and movies.
In 2000, with her performance in Denis Villeneuve's Maelström she got national (Jutra and Genie best actress awards) and international recognition, and began shooting with some of the most acclaimed Canadian directors: Atom Egoyan for Ararat and Denys Arcand for Les Invasions barbares, for which she got the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
After the Cannes award many French directors used her incredible versatility: she played a mysterious and glamorous movie star in Ordo, adapted from Donald Westlake's novel, a single mother overwhelmed by her responsibilities in Jean-Pierre Denis' drama La Petite Chartreuse, a down-to-hearth architect in the romantic comedy Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités.
Chosen by Steven Spielberg to play the seductive Dutch assassin in Munich, Marie-Josée Croze is now associated with high profile projects. She will be in 2006 the mother of the young and rebellious peasant from Eugène Le Roy's novel in the historical drama Jacquou le Croquant; and Dr. Beck's murdered wife in Ne le dis à personne, the French adaptation of Harlan's Coben novel Tell no One.
Learned that she won the 2003 Cannes' Prize in a live TV show in Montréal at La brasserie Chez Roger (Christiane Charest on Radio-Canada Television). Crowd that was present applaused loudly and was very happy for her.
Is a big fan of Hank Williams.
I don't know why I won. I never imagined this. I thought it would be more likely that Rémy Girard or Stéphane Rousseau would win. I don't even have all that much screen time in the film. It's really a supporting role.
At a point when you feel there is no justice, when you're a victim, you start thinking that you should act badly. You become someone really dark. There was lots of anger and lots of aggressiveness in me. At 16, I was punk. So I didn't believe in God for a long, long time.
I don't have a career plan. It will give me more visibility in other countries and that's fun because then I'll have more opportunities to do different kinds of films. But I want to get roles because of my talent not because of some prestigious prize that I've won.
When you're a child, you're completely a victim of the people around you. You don't choose them. I've been through really difficult things: an alcoholic adoptive father and a mother who was depressive. People were really dark around me.
I believe in destiny. It is something really strong. You feel that something important will happen yet you just want to run away from that thing. I think that this is something that you just have to learn to accept.
Now I could die because I realize my dream and my dream was to do something I could be proud of.
My mother adopted me when I was three. Without her, I don't think I would be here today. My mother is a saint.
(October 2005) Debuting in theater as the main character in a play named "Requiem Pour une Nonne" in Paris, France.
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