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Julie Dreyfus –

Dreyfus in Inglorious Basterds.

About Julie Dreyfus (1966 – )

Dreyfus was born and raised in Paris, the only child of French actress Pascale Audret and producer Francis Dreyfus. Her grandfather was a descendant of the famous Captain Alfred Dreyfus. She spent her summers in the U.K. Julie started learning Japanese in 1985 at the Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization at the University of Paris, after studying interior design and becoming interested in Japanese architecture. She moved to Japan to study at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies for a six-month intensive Japanese course, thinking she would eventually land a job in interior design. After finishing the course, Julie moved to Tokyo working part-time in a design studio while continuing her private Japanese lessons. In 1988, she worked as a French language instructor on the NHK morning television educational program. Centering on a mystery drama, chief producer Motoyoshi Sei hired Julie Dreyfus to increase ratings by changing the program into an episode-format. Eventually, she was cast by Japanese network executives as the 20-something beauty in several TV and film roles, leading her to become a gaijin tarento (foreign talent). Julie was also a judge on the cult-hit cooking show Ryōri no Tetsujin (Iron Chef).

Dreyfus portrayed Sofie Fatale in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill Volume 1. She was a member of the 2007 Gérardmer Film Festival, which honored her Kill Bill co-star David Carradine.

Dreyfus appeared in Vinyan in 2008 and in Tarantino's war epic Inglourious Basterds in 2009, as Francesca Mondino, a fictional French interpreter and mistress for Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. She also appeared as a translator in the Leos Carax short film entitled Merde in the feature film Tokyo!

Julie Dreyfus's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1986 Sekai fushigi hakken Herself
1992 Tōki Rakujitsu Mary
1994 Rampo Mademoiselle
1995 Ryôri no tetsujin Herself/Taster/Panel Guest
1995 A Feast at Midnight Mother
1998 Legal Aliens Isabel
1998 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (TV series) India Reyes
1999 The Godson Laura
2000 Bathory Lady Katarina
2002 Jean Moulin (TV movie) Lydie Bastien
2003 Kill Bill Volume 1 Sofie Fatale
2008 Tokyo! The interpreter
2008 Vinyan Kim
2009 Inglourious Basterds Francesca Mondino
2011 Interpol Barbara

Memorable Quotes

“(on filming Kill Bill: Vol. 1) I mean, on that last day, you would get to your spot, you'd get a break and go to the bathroom or whatever, and then you'd have to just pick your way through the bodies and not slip in the blood. I mean, it was exactly like that. It was very surreal. It was bizarre.”

Did You Know

Fluent in English, French, and Japanese.

Has known Quentin Tarantino since meeting him at a film festival in Japan in the nineties.

Her maternal uncle is legendary French singer-songwriter Hugues Aufray, who is known as the French Bob Dylan.

Julie Dreyfus in Inglorious Basterds (2009).
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Julie Dreyfus in Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)...
Bottom picture: with Uma Thurman.