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Astrid Bergès Frisbey

Àstrid Bergès-FrisbeyÀstrid Bergès-Frisbey, born on the 26th of May 1986 in Barcelona, Spain, is a French-Spanish actress and model. She is best known for playing Suzanne in The Sea Wall and the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the series. She was born to a Catalan father and a French-American mother. Her family moved to Paris, France when she was five years old.

She is fluent in French, Catalan, and Spanish, and she has also recently learned to speak English. She made her acting debut in 2007 on French television and has since appeared in films alongside Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Perez, and Daniel Auteuil. In 2008, she made her feature debut in the film The Sea Wall.

She began modelling in 2010, fronting French Connection's spring/summer and autumn/winter campaigns. Bergès-Frisbey, the face of French Connection's Spring Summer collection in 2010 (www.frenchconnection.com ) - 'THE WOMAN' campaign.

French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks who set out to create well-designed womens clothing that would appeal to a diverse audience. French Connection now offers a fashion-forward clothing range as well as a full men's clothing collection. With quirky spins on design it prides itself on quality and affordable prices.

Berges-Fisbey was personally picked by director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to make her English language debut in 2011 in the highly-anticipated sequel: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Àstrid Bergès-FrisbeyShe landed the role of the mermaid Syrena after a whirlwind of auditions in France, Hollywood, and the UK. She had to learn to speak English for the role. During filming in Hawaii, she was restricted from going out in daylight in order to keep her skin pale. This had the effect of forcing Berges-Frisbey had to live a little like a vampire during the filming.

She had to stay indoors and out of the sun all day, and could only venture forth to socialize at night. The role required that she spend four to five hours in a make-up chair putting on a prosthetic breast plate and other visual effects.

Bergès-Frisbey joined Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz who played Blackbeard's daughter. The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie begans filming in June of 2010 in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles. The film is slated to open in May of 2011.

The enormity of the production only hit her when filming began.

"When I flew to Hawaii I really realized all that it was to be part of a movie like Pirates Of The Caribbean. Wow! Unbelievable. I still can't believe it," she says.

"She's not a typical mermaid," Berges-Frisbey notes of Syrena.

Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey"It's not the common mermaid people have seen in other movies. It's not the pretty girl with a tail and her legs together, it's more kind of a woman-fish. When the mermaids are swimming it's completely a work of CGI to create the movement - not like two legs moving, more like a fish moving."

Frisbey consulted with both director Rob Marshall and the CGI person in charge of the mermaids who would update her as the look of the creatures developed. The visual references helped the actress imagine the world she would have to inhabit. These mermaids have been compared to “vampire fish” – due to the look of their quite terrifying incisors.

"These mythical aquatic creatures will be quite dangerous, sometimes they're more like monsters," she explains.

For Berges-Frisbey filming on location meant spending time away from her six year-old sister. When she was originally cast, Berges-Frisbey explained to her that she was going to play a mermaid. The little girl's response was simply, 'wow.'

This reaction helped make Berges-Frisbey aware of the impact of the films, as she explains:

"I realized, seeing my little sister, how dreamy it is for the children."

So when it came to showing her sister images from the set, she was very careful not to ruin the illusion:

"I never show her pictures of when the CGI things are on me. So I let her know it's more kind of magic than it really is, because she's six, so I can enjoy it."

"So my little sister asks 'how is it possible?' It's just wonderful."

Àstrid Bergès-FrisbeyThe actress, who watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean at the cinema with her family, reveals that she met Johnny Depp for the first time in-costume as Jack Sparrow.

"It was one of the biggest surprises I had when I arrived in Hawaii, to see Kevin McNally and Johnny having fun," she says.

"It was the first day and they love their parts so much. I've never seen actors loving their parts and being happy to be in a story like that."

The large-scale sets and life-size pirate ships have made her feel like a kid again, and when the language barrier becomes too much she has the Spanish-speaking Cruz as an on-set pal. Come May, Berges-Fisbey will be spotted with Depp's Captain Jack, Cruz's Angelica, Ian McShane's Blackbeard and Sam Claflin's Philip on the big screen. They travel in a group for this latest adventure, with the promise of romance blossoming between Syrena and Philip and, maybe, Jack and Angelica.

She expressed her feelings about the opportunity to work with major stars like Depp and Cruz:

"I learned so much from watching them work. They put a lot of effort into their work, but they also manage to have a lot of fun. I really liked that about them. I got to see how normal, ordinary and humble they are, despite being incredibly professional, hard-working and lovely people."

"I feel that they are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work on amazing characters again and again – but most of all I love the way that they are so humble. They are two of the biggest stars in the world, but they are so normal, generous and welcoming. They are amazing..."

Àstrid Bergès-FrisbeyBerges-Fisbey relates a conversation she had with Depp, which perhaps reveals just how much playing the role of the eccentric sea captain means to him.

"I remember I asked Johnny: 'It must be incredible to play a part for eight years. You must know Jack Sparrow as a brother?'"

"He said, 'It's wonderful to play Jack Sparrow every time, it's a pleasure and I need it. I really need it.'"

"I wasn't expecting that."

Astrid is now based in Paris and is one of France's brightest young stars, appearing in French films La Fille du Puisatier, Bruc, Extase, La Premiere Etoile and Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique.

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Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Sur le fil Marie Sertissian TV series; 3 episodes
2007 Divine Émilie Marquise de Boufflers TV film
2008 Elles et moi Young Isabel TV mini-series
2008 The Sea Wall Suzanne also known as Un barrage contre le Pacifique
2009 La première étoile Juliette
2009 La reine morte The infanta TV film
2010 Bruc. El desafío Gloria
2011 La fille du puisatier Patricia Amoretti also known as The Well Digger's Daughter
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Syrena
2012 El Sexo de los Ángeles Carla



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