All you need to know about the latest actress to become a Bond girl

By Lindsay Kimble
October 27, 2015 02:20 PM

French actress Léa Seydoux, who stars as Daniel Craig‘s newest femme fatale in Spectre, joins an elite group of women who’ve tangled with James Bond.

From Halle Berry to Grace Jones, the 30-year-old is in good company as Madeleine Swann in the upcoming flick.

Seydoux is far from a fresh face in the film industry, however. She’s already worked with some of cinema’s most praised directors (Quentin Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds) and taken home some enviable trophies (Cannes’ Troph e Chopard for up-and-coming actors).

Here’s all you need to know about the new woman in the iconic (fictional) spy’s life.

1. She broke history as a coveted Palme d’Or winner.
The actress’ career-making role was in 2013’s gay romantic drama Blue Is the Warmest Color, a part that nabbed her the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor.

Seydoux, portraying a French teenager who begins a romantic relationship with another woman in the movie, jointly received the Palme d’Or with her costar Adele Exarchopoulos and the film’s director Abdellatif Kechiche. Actors are not typically awarded the accolade – the prize usually goes to a director, alone.

2. She learned English at summer camps in America.
The France native didn’t spend hours in a classroom perfecting her English grammar – Seydoux learned it by immersing herself in American culture.

“I learned in the States. Summer camps,” she revealed to Esquire.

Seydoux spent six years at a camp near Washington, D.C., in Maryland, where she mastered the language.

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3. She doesn’t have cable or Internet at her house.
Despite her Hollywood career, Seydoux has said she prefers the simplicity of a screen-free life.

The actress recently told British Vogue that she’s not a fan of “modernity.”

“I don’t have television or the Internet at home. The Internet scares me. I can’t drive a car. That is why I do this job,” she told the magazine. “This is why I became an actress. So that people will take care of me. To be an actress is a refuge. You are taken everywhere, stay in wonderful hotels, everyone looks after you.”

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4. She almost bombed her Spectre audition – because of alcohol!
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Seydoux told Cinema Blend that she was so anxious for her Bond audition that she decided to sip on a beer to calm her nerves. The beverage unfortunately had the opposite effect, and Seydoux briefly forgot some of her lines in front of the film’s casting directors.

“I couldn’t remember my text anymore. So, I [said], ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. Can I come back and redo the casting?’ ” she told the site. Luckily, they said yes!

5. She’s joining the Marvel world.
When Channing Tatum hits the screen as lesser-known X-Men member Gambit next year, it will be alongside Seydoux.

The actress will play Belladonna Bourdreaux, or Bella, in the Marvel adaptation, according to Deadline. Bella is Gambit’s childhood love and the head of the fictional Assassins Guild.

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