Full Name: Rachel Weisz
Height: 5’7” (1.70m)
Date of Birth: March 7th, 1971
Current Age: 35
Star Sign: Pisces
Place of Birth: London, England
Eye Colour: Hazel
Favourite Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman, Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin, Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Elizabeth Taylor, Cate Blanchett & Renee Zellweger
Favourite Singers: Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, the White Stripes, Dolly Parton & Madonna
Favourite Movie: Performance
Education: St Paul’s Girls School, London, England
Cambridge University, England
Family: Father – George Weisz
Mother – Edith Ruth Weisz
Sister – Minnie Weisz
Celebrity Relationships: Alessandro Nivola (Actor)
Darren Aronofsky (Director)
Children: Son - Henry Chance Aronofsky
Dirt Music (2008)
The Colossus (2007)
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
The Fountain (2006) playing Izzi
The Constant Gardener (2005) playing Tessa Quayle
Constantine (2005) playing Angela/ Isabel Dodson
Envy (2004) playing Debbie Dingman
Runaway Jury (2003) playing Marlee
Confidence (2003) playing Lily
The Shape of Things (2003) playing Evelyn Ann Thompson
About a Boy (2002) playing Rachel
The Mummy Returns (2001) playing Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell
Enemy at the Gates (2001) playing Tania Chernova
Beautiful Creatures (2000) playing Petula
This Is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis (2000) playing Lauren Hynde
Tube Tales (1999)
Sunshine (1999) playing Greta
The Mummy (1999) playing Evelyn Carnahan
My Summer with Des (1998) playing Rosie
I Want You (1998) playing Helen
The Land Girls (1998) playing Ag
Swept from the sea (1997) playing Amy Foster
Bent (1997) playing a prostitute
Going All the Way (1997) playing Marty Pilcher
Chain Reaction (1996) playing Dr. Lily Sinclair
Stealing Beauty (1996) playing Miranda
Death Machine (1995) playing a Junior Executive
White Goods (1994) playing Elaine
Dirtysomething (1993) playing Becca
Her family History: Rachel’s mother Edith Ruth is a Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst, she is of part Italian descent.
Her father George is a Jewish-Hungarian inventor, he invented a new type of artificial respirator. Both of her parents had
been forced to flee their respective countries during the oppression in the 1930’s. Her mother, Edith tried to teach
her German as a child but she never learnt it properly. At the beginning of Rachel’s career she didn’t want to
change her name because she thought she would be betraying her family.
Interesting Facts about Rachel:
Rachel has homes in New York & a $450,000 apartment
in Primrose Hill, North London
She studied English at Cambridge University
In the beginning of Rachel’s career her name was
spelt “Vyce” because “Vice” would have been too ridiculous & “Weisz” was too difficult.
Her agent though, told her to change it back because he thought it looked like a number plate. Rachel has also been credited
under the name Kenya Campbell
Rachel formed the theatre company ‘Talking Tongues’
while studying at Cambridge University
She won a student Drama award for a play she wrote &
acted in at the 1991’s Edinburgh Festival
She has a crush on actress Maggie Gyllenhaal
She loves her ‘Beautiful Creatures’
co-star Susan Lynch so much that a lot of people thought they were in love - "It's really difficult because we always sound
like we're madly in love with each other. My agent did actually say to me... I was seeing someone new and it was a bit of
a secret. After a while, my agent went, "Rachel, I've just got to ask you... I don't mean to be intrusive, but [whisper] is
it Susan?" I'd obviously spent the whole lunch going, "La la Susan, la la la Susan" and I went, "No, no. No, it's not actually!'"
She finds smoking a bad habit and she quit in 2003
Rachel was a radical feminist while she was at University
She says she finds Hollywood – particularly the
way women are treated “repellent”
Rachel wanted to make a documentary about a 70-year old
gynegologist who was the first woman to say “vagina” on National radio
Harry Houdini & Jackie Onasiss are her idols
Rachel considers herself a complete “woman appreciator”
and when asked which celebrities she thinks are the sexiest, she always mentions women first including; Shakira, Gena Rowlands,
Cate Blanchett & Maggie Gyllenhaal
She was offered a part in Richard Gere movie ‘King
David’ when she was 14 but her parents wouldn’t let her do it
She hates frogs & camels
Rachel drives a black, old Jaguar 4.2 sovereign with
Her ‘Beautiful Things’ co-star Susan Lynch
taught her the schoolgirl dance from Britney Spear’s “Baby One More Time” video
‘I Want You’ is her favourite film that
she has starred in so far
When Rachel heard that she got the part of Evelyn in ‘The
Mummy’ she went straight to the pub to celebrate and got in an argument with a male friend who objected to
the fact that she was asked to lose weight for the film
At school, she was in the same class as actress Emily
Rachel tried modelling while she was in her teens
Rachel won “Most promising Newcomer” by
the London Critic’s Circle
She is a patron of The X Appeal which is the official charity
of the Royal College of Radiologists
Named as one of European films' Shooting
Stars by the European Film Promotion Board in 1998
Ranked #30 in Stuff Magazine’s “102 Sexiest
Women in the World” in 2002
Rachel was the face of Revlon in 2005
She is to marry director Darren Aronofsky to whom is
the father of her child which she announced on “The tonight with Jay Leno” show
She has starred opposite both Ralph Fiennes & Joseph
Rachel is the 2006 face of Burberry
Rachel gave birth to her son Henry Chancee in spring
She won an Oscar for her role in ‘The Constant
Rachel’s Personal Quotes:
"I found myself a sophisticated, educated American. He's not an actor. He's traveled
the world. He knows where Europe
is, unlike a lot of Americans. He's very cultured, but he's all man."
"You just have to play every scene honestly and forget about a reaction and what the
audience is going to think. I think the more seriously you take something, the funnier it might be."
"People find out I'm an actress and I see that 'whore' look flicker across their eyes."
"I find Hollywood really toxic."
"I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people.
It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans."
"When I'm playing a character, I use the American accent. But when I go back to England, I just glide right back into Englishness
immediately. Every actor uses a dialect coach. Every actor, and if they say they don't, they're lying. Everybody does, yeah.
You don't want to worry about it. You have someone listening out to check that you're not straying."
I'm a bit superstitious about certain things, like what shoes to wear. If I wear the
wrong shoes, the whole day may go wrong. Or if I don't get to the bottom of the stairs before the door closes - stupid little
things like that. Then I also have all the normal ones, like don't walking under ladders and so on.
God no! I hate it, absolutely hate it. I can't stand it, it's such a drag. So I just
tend to wear the same things all the time. I don't like change anyway. - On shopping
I sometimes do worry that actors are people's role models, you know. And doctors and
teachers and people doing really important things just get paid nothing. And they put us on the cover of magazines. They should
be our heroes. I find it all a bit dubious.
I'm not one for parties and stuff like that. I get a bit nervous around lots of people.
Being invisible is what I really enjoy. That I find quite entertaining.
I think mystery is kind of great. I don't know anything about Bette Davis or Katharine
Hepburn or Ava Gardner - not really - and I like that. I love watching their movies because they're my personal movie stars.
I don't know what they eat and who their trainer is.
"You know what, I have faith in people. I think people want to see something new and
different. They don't want to see anything that they've seen before. They don't want to have it worked out in the first 10
minutes how it will end. I think people are really smart and sophisticated."
"I've never felt uncomfortable with my level of fame. I don't get hassled. Maybe sometimes
in a minor way, but New Yorkers are much too cool for that. The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity."
"'Oh God, don't make me come across as a moaner. I think it's unacceptable to moan
about anything when you're lucky enough to do what I do. What I'm trying to say is I'm more settled now. The thirties have
calmed me down. I know who my real friends are, I know what I want to do. In your twenties, you just do everything. It's just
overload all the time. In the thirties, you learn that it's OK to go to bed early if you want."
"I don't do too well there. If you were brought up in London, where you can walk around everywhere
and there are theaters, you can't really do LA. I couldn't make a life there. You're in a car all the time, and there are
"There's a lot of contemporary actresses I admire, but there's practically no one
who's made a color movie whose career I'd want ... I don't feel very modern at all."
"I'm very wary of talking about statements. I'm a storyteller, I'm an actor, an entertainer."