Belgian-born blonde, blue-eyed Natacha Regnier began acting in amateur theatricals before moving to Paris where she appeared in a number of TV dramas. A short film brought her to the attention of prol...
At the age of 16, was already a member of amateur theatrical groups
Moved to Paris and began working in French TV dramas
Portrayed Catherine in Bonitzer's directing debut, "Encore"
Made film debut in "The Motorcycle Girl"
Exploded to prominence in Erick Zonca's "La Vie revee des anges/The Dreamlife of Angels", sharing the Cannes Festival Best Actress Award with co-star Elodie Bouchez and winning a Cesar as Most Promising Actress
Attracted the attention of screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer in a short film
Belgian-born blonde, blue-eyed Natacha Regnier began acting in amateur theatricals before moving to Paris where she appeared in a number of TV dramas. A short film brought her to the attention of prolific screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer who cast her as a glowing 19-year-old enamored of a middle-aged professor in his directorial debut, "Encore" (1996). Erick Zonca's feature directing debut, "La Vie revee des anges/The Dreamlife of Angels" (1998), then catapulted her to international prominence. As the unsociable, moody Marie, she was the very antithesis of the free-spirited, optimistic Isa (Elodie Bouchez), but the two developed an intense emotional bond despite their differences. The film followed the deterioration of their friendship, the spunky, resilient Isa trying to check Marie's sullen slide as Marie rejects the people who really care for her to vainly pursue the illusion of a better life. Regnier proved right on target with a character that is not easy to like, wrenchingly capturing Marie's desperation. She shared the Cannes Festival Best Actress Award with Bouchez, then picked up a Cesar as Most Promising Actress.
"When I read the script, I was overwhelmed by the character of Marie. I immediately felt a strong wish to play this character and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Subsequently, two months before the start of filming, some screen tests were made, during those tests I wanted to add more detail to the character. Playing Marie was like meeting a real person.
"On the set Erick always asked me to stretch myself further. At each take he demanded more so I evidently gave more. I knew his presence would be strongly felt and that he would not let up.
"I didn't know Elodie [Bouchez] and I was struck by her generosity. We shared a flat for the duration of the shoot and that added intimacy to our relationship. We are very different from each other, yet the whole experience was intense and enriching." --Natacha Regnier, from press notes for "The Dreamlife of Angels"