Full Name: Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski
Birth Date: June 10, 1982
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 9"
Quote: "I think when you're doing a lead role, there is so much more pressure. If you fail, not only do you fail, but everybody else fails, too. As opposed to when it's a supporting role and it's only you that sucked."
Born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski on June 10, 1982, Leelee Sobieski has shot to ingenue stardom in the time it takes to say "Helen Hunt's spitting image." The young actress, who does indeed bear a striking resemblance to Hunt, first came to the attention of art house audiences with her role in A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998).
Thanks to her participation in two high-profile projects, Deep Impact and Eyes Wide Shut, Sobieski has garnered both widespread recognition and the distinction of being one of the most promising actresses of her generation.
Born and bred in New York City, Sobieski, the eldest of two children, was raised by her father, a French painter, and her mother, a freelance writer. She was "discovered," rather unexpectedly, in her school's cafeteria by Woody Allen's casting director.
With the encouragement of her parents, Sobieski began auditioning, trying out at one point for the part that went to Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire. She landed her first screen role in the 1997 Tim Allen comedy Jungle to Jungle, and then was cast as Channe in Merchant/Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998).
Sobieski drew raves for the depth and intelligence of her performance and was further rewarded with another leading role, that of Joan of Arc in the 1999 TV miniseries Joan of Arc. Sobieski then turned her back on typical ingenue roles with her portrayal of a geek queen in the Drew Barrymore comedy Never Been Kissed. The film's producers had originally wanted Sobieski for the role of the most popular girl in school, but the actress had insisted on that of her antithesis, a choice that reflected her desire to take on more unconventional roles. This choice was made further apparent with her casting in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, in which Sobieski had a brief but memorable appearance as the silent, flirtatious daughter of a costume shop owner.
In 2000 Sobieski returned to more conventional fare with Here on Earth, a romantic drama in which she starred as a young woman coping with first love and terminal illness. That same year, she could be seen in the teen thriller Squelch and My First Mister, a romantic comedy that featured her as a recent high school grad who develops a crush on her much older boss (Albert Brooks).
Leelee Sobieski Filmography
Acts of Violence (2007) .... Olivia Che
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) .... Muriella
The Elder Son (2006) .... Lolita
88 Minutes (2007) .... Lauren Douglas
Coven (2006) .... Narrator
The Wicker Man (2006) .... Sister Honey
In a Dark Place (2006) .... Anna Veigh
Heavens Fall (2006) .... Victoria Price
Lying (2006) .... Sarah
London (2005) .... French Woman
Hercules (2005/I) (TV) .... Deianeira
A Whale in Montana (2005)
"Liaisons dangereuses, Les" (2003) (mini) TV Series .... Cécile de Volanges
... aka Dangerous Liaisons (USA)
"Frasier" .... Sheila (1 episode, 2002)
- Enemy at the Gate (2002) TV Episode (voice) .... Sheila
Max (2002/I) .... Liselore von Peltz
Idole, L' (2002) .... Sarah Silver
... aka Idol, Das (Germany)
... aka The Idol (International: English title)
Uprising (2001) (TV) .... Tosia Altman
The Glass House (2001) .... Ruby Baker
Joy Ride (2001/I) .... Venna
... aka Road Kill (Australia) (New Zealand: English title) (UK)
My First Mister (2001) .... Jennifer
Here on Earth (2000) .... Samantha 'Sam' Cavanaugh
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) .... Milich's Daughter
... aka EWS (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Joan of Arc (1999) (TV) .... Joan D'Arc
... aka Jeanne d'Arc (Canada: French title)
Never Been Kissed (1999) .... Aldys Martin
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) .... Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14
... aka Fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais, La (France)
Deep Impact (1998) .... Sarah Hotchner
"F/X: The Series"
- Evil Eye (1998) TV Episode .... Tanya
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) (as LeeLee Sobieski) .... Karen Kempster
... aka Un Indien à New York (France)
... aka The Station
- Arcade (1996) TV Episode .... Girl
"The Home Court"
- Love, Death & Soda (1996) TV Episode .... Leslie
"Grace Under Fire"
- Positively Hateful (1996) TV Episode .... Lucy
"Charlie Grace" (1995) TV Series .... Jenny Grace
A Horse for Danny (1995) (TV) .... Danielle 'Danny' Fortuna
Reunion (1994) (TV) .... Anna Yates
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