Meet the newest face to join the storied Pirates of the Caribbean franchise alongside Johnny Depp and fellow newcomer Penélope Cruz. The French beauty, 23, was cast by director Rob Marshall as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which begins shooting in June.
The face of French Connection’s 2010 spring line, Bergès-Frisbey (pronounced bear-je freez-bay) loves soccer, Facebook – and is one of France’s most alluring new stars.
Here, then, are five things to know about Pirates‘s latest addition:
1. She has hometown pride:
Though she now lives in France, the Spanish-born beauty – her dad is Catalan and her mom is French-American – is an avid soccer junkie, who collects a ton of her native FC Barcelona gear.
2. Acting wasn’t her first career choice:
With aspirations of becoming an osteopathic physician, the Pirates newbie actually studied science in school. According to some reports, shortly after her father died, the would-be doctor switched gears, enrolling in France’s Cours Simon drama school instead.
3. She’s had some big roles before:
In 2008, she wowed French TV audiences on the mini-series She and I, alongside screen legend Danielle Darrieux. The same year, she shot her first feature film, A Bridge Against the Pacific, in Cambodia opposite the French actor Gaspard Ulliel.
4. She’s a Penélope fan:
Though she’s been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Bergès-Frisbey might actually be more excited to work with Penélope Cruz: In a 2008 Italian TV interview, the young actress cited her future costar’s 2004 film Don’t Move as one of her favorites.
5. She’s a world traveler:
With Pirates shooting planned for Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles, the international actress should feel right at home. She was born in Barcelona, raised in Paris and spent four months shooting her first feature film in Cambodia.
• Reporting by PETER MIKELBANK