Top 10 foreign actresses in Hollywood

It’s not easy to succeed in Hollywood. Many people spend years trying but only the luckiest and most talented ones make it. However, these wonderful ladies built pretty good careers in the world’s biggest movie industry, even though they are not American born. Here are some of the most popular foreign actresses in Hollywood (no specific order).

Marion Cotillard

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Marion Cotillard was born in 1975 in Paris. Her performance in 2007 as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose transformed the Parisian into an American star and an Oscar winner. The Oscar win was only the second time that the Best Actress trophy went to someone who was not working in English. She is now one of the most famous French actresses worldwide.  Marion starred in films like Inception, Nine, Midnight in Paris and Public Enemies.

Eva Green

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Another French actress who made it in Hollywood. She studied dramatic acting in London then returned to Paris. While there she caught the eye of director Bernardo Bertolucci and he cast her in his English language film, The Dreamers in 2003. The film earned her plenty of attention due to her full frontal nudity. Determined to be considered a multi-talented actress rather than just a beauty, Green went on to star in films like Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale and The Golden Compass.

Noomi Rapace

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Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the daughter of actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. She was the first actress to portray Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Rapace made her English language film debut in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011. She was also cast as Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Penelope Cruz

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Spanish beauty was born in Madrid and she studied classical ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory, but decided to be an actress in her teenage years. Starting out in Spanish television shows and commercials, she in films such as All About My Mother and Volver. Her excellence and good looks got her noticed in Hollywood and she then starred in films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Blow, Vanilla Sky, and All the Pretty Horses. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Freida Pinto

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She is an Indian actress and model. Pinto rose to fame playing the role of “Latika” in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, a film that marked her debut. She also starred in Woody Allen’s comedy-drama film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, fantasy-action-drama film, Immortals, etc.

Salma Hayek

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This Mexican actress has had a long and successful career in Hollywood. She started her acting career on a Mexican soap opera and became huge star in Mexico. She had her big break in Desperado, which put her on Hollywood’s map. After that she starred in From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Up, Wild Wild West, but her performance in Frida, which she also co-produced, brought her the Oscar nomination, making her the first Mexican actress to be nominated.

Kate Winslet

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Born into a family of thespians, the British actress got her first professional gig at 11, n a commercial for a kids’ cereal. Her first big break came at age 17, in Heavenly Creatures. The role that brought her worldwide fame was Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic. Kate was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008).

Charlize Theron

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She speaks English so fluently we forget that she is actually South African. After suffering under the weight of just being seen as another pretty face, Charlize finally managed to snag a well-deserved Oscar for her performance in the film Monster. That success has finally allowed her to be taken seriously as an actress and is one of the highest regarded present day working actresses in Hollywood.

Monica Bellucci

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One of the most beautiful women in the world, Monica Bellucci, was born in the Umbria region of Italy. She made her film debut in 1990 in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Bellucci attained superstardom in Europe when her role in L’appartement won her the French equivalent of an Oscar nomination. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Under Suspicion and The Matrix trilogy. She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood.

Cate Blanchett

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Born in Melborne, Australia, Cate Blanchett studied at Australia’s National Insittute for Dramatic Art. After graduation she quickly won roles with the Sydney Theater Company. Cate made her feature film debut in 1997’s Paradise Road. Later that year, she grabbed Hollywood’s attention with her performance in Oscar and Lucinda. In 2005, Blanchett earned an Academy Award (best actress in a supporting role) for her portrayal of the legendary Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator. In 2007, the actress was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

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