Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model. She later pursued acting and relocated to Paris at the suggestion of filmmaker Luc Besson (El quinto elemento(1997)). She married French actor Guillaume Canet (La playa (2000)) in 2001.
Was a finalist in Elite's 1992 Look Of The Year competition at age 15.
Had to gain 15 lbs for Troya (2004) because director Wolfgang Petersen wanted her to appear rounder. She has since lost the weight.
She has a younger brother, Stefan.
Modeled under her birth name, Diane Heidkrüger, in the mid to late-1990s.
Originally a ballet dancer, but quit dancing due to an injury at the age of 18.
Became an American citizen in 2013.
Trained at the Cours Florent and won the Classe Libre award for best actor in her year.
People magazine included Diane in its annual "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" issue in 2004.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the filmTroya (2004), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
Named #50 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Started her dancing career in the Royal Ballet in London.
As a teenager, she lived in Harsum (near Hildesheim, Germany) for a while. The street was called Milchberg. Next door lived Andre Schneider who would later become an actor, too. But even though the two lived next door, they never really met.
Lives in Paris. She had her own house built there in 2015.
With Wolfgang Petersen, we were always the only two ready at time and the first on the set during the filming of Troya (2004). The German rigour without a doubt.
It was something strange for me, to kiss Orlando. I was so embarassed! It is not as fun as people think to shoot love scenes. You feel vulnerable, and there are about 100 people looking at you.
I'm a little bit worried about this sudden success. I am quite independent and I'm afraid that this privilege could escape from me.
"Her beauty didn't do her any good and she couldn't use it in any positive way or manipulative way." - on Helen of Troy.
Sometimes it takes courage and experience to allow yourself to actually go there, and it's the most liberating thing to let go. I do think that's why I love acting - you're right, it's being someone that you're not. And sometimes you're really scared of it, and then once you let yourself go there, it's the best thing ever.
[on her quitting modeling] I thought "fuck everyone" and moved back to Paris, called my agent and said I didn't want to model any more, which they couldn't believe because I was 22 and doing very well. But I left it and went to drama school, and I'm so happy I did.
[on her role as Asperger's-afflicted "Sonya Cross" in The Bridge (2013)] I am fiercely protective of her. I think she has integrity. She is strong and yet really, really vulnerable and lonely in her personal life. It's the most colorful character I've ever been allowed to play.