Famke Janssen on fame after GoldenEye: I was thrown to the wolves

“Fame comes at a price, and I wasn’t willing to pay that,” said the X-Men graduate.

Fame is really in the eye of the beholder.

GoldenEye breakout Famke Janssen reflected on her meager experience of the press after rising to stardom in 1995, starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in the now legendary James Bond film.

“The Bond film dictated a lot of my relationship with the press,” Janssen told The Independent. “Honestly, after GoldenEye I felt like I was being thrown to the wolves. It was just a rush of attention, good and bad and everything in between. I realize that every actor in the world thinks they can control the press, but in the end the press always wins.”

Janssen continues: “I already had to deal with the stereotype of having been a model, but then I added something else: model became actress became Bond Girl. I sometimes feel incredibly misunderstood. It’s the dichotomy between how I look and what’s on my mind. But that comes with being in a Bond movie and playing this insane assassin. All my friends and family know that I’m goofy and sensitive and that I’m playing these characters who are so different; other people probably think I’m just playing myself.”

Janssen starred as Xenia Onatopp, a Russian hitman who attempts to assassinate Bond by holding him between her legs. Janssen previously addressed the “huge stigma” of being a Bond girl. After GoldenEye, Dutch actress Janssen starred in City of Industry, Celebrity, The Gingerbread Man, The Faculty and House on Haunted Hill. She later played Jean Gray in the “X-Men” franchise.

On the set of City of Industry, Janssen recalled being asked by co-star Harvey Keitel, “Are you even able to do your own laundry?”

“Trust me: I come from nowhere. I am self made. I’ve cleaned toilets, worked in bars… this whole notion that I’m some kind of glamorous movie star isn’t remotely correct,” Janssen said. “Sometimes I feel incredibly misunderstood.”

Janssen later wrote and directed Bringing Up Bobby, a story of a European immigrant who is forcibly separated from her son after moving to the United States. Milla Jovovich directed the film, which was not well received by critics.

“When you write or direct, it gets so personal. I had to take a few steps back because… [‘Bringing Up Bobby’] just got to me too much. And how it was received and how people talked about it… I didn’t feel valued or seen. I was just like, ‘Can I go through that again?'” Janssen said. “It was like heartbreak. I sometimes think I’m too sensitive for this world.”

She said I decided I’d rather be less famous and do things on my terms. That means I don’t make as much money as other people. I don’t date famous people. I’m not on social media… But fame comes at a price, and I wasn’t willing to pay it.”

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