Matthias Schoenaerts Biography
Matthias Schoenaerts is a Belgian actor, film producer, and graffiti artist of Flemish origin. He made his film debut at the age of 13 in Daens (1992), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
He is best known for his roles as Filip in Loft (2008), Jacky Vanmarsenille in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011), Ali in the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominee Rust and Bone (2012), for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor, Eric Deeds in The Drop (2014), Bruno von Falk in Suite Française (2015), Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) and Hans Axgil in The Danish Girl (2015).
Schoenaerts received critical acclaim for his portrayal of an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD in Disorder (2015). In 2015, he was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
Matthias Schoenaerts Family
Schoenaerts was born on 8 December 1977 in Antwerp, Flanders, the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts (1925–2006) and Dominique Wiche (1953–2016), a costume designer, translator and French teacher. He has an older half brother, Bruno Schoenaerts (born 1953), who is a lawyer. Schoenaerts grew up bilingual, speaking Dutch and French. He is also fluent in English, which he learned by watching American movies.
In 1987, at nine years old, he appeared in a stage production of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince opposite his father, who was also the director. His mother, Dominique, was the costume designer of the play. He started producing graffiti as a teenager under the pseudonym “Zenith”. Schoenaerts was close to becoming a professional soccer player and was on the books of Belgian team Beerschot AC, but gave up when he was 16 years old.
Matthias Schoenaerts Girlfriend
The talented actor is currently unmarried, but he is in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend Alexandra Schouteden. The love story of Matthias with the gorgeous Alexandra, a lawyer by profession, began in 2012. The girlfriend and Matthias attended the screening of his movie Rust And Bone together in New York City in November 2012 and have been living together since then.
Matthias Schoenaerts Films | Movies
- 2012 Death of a Shadow
- 2015 Far from the Madding Crowd
- 2015 The Danish Girl
- 2015 A Bigger Splash
- 2011 Bullhead
- 2014 Suite Française
- 2014 A Little Chaos
- 2018 Red Sparrow
- 2014 The Drop
- 2015 Disorder a.k.a. Maryland
- 2014 The Loft
- 2017 The Racer and the Jailbird a.k.a. Le Fidèle
- 2013 Blood Ties
- 1992 Priest Daens
- 2017 Our Souls at Night
- 2006 Black Book
- 2018 Kursk
- 2006 Love Belongs to Everyone a.k.a. Dennis van Rita
- 2009 My Queen Karo
- 2011 The Gang of Oss a.k.a. De Bende van Oss
- 2003 Any Way the Wind Blows
- 2004 Ellektra
- 2008 Left Bank
- 2010 The Pack
- 2008 Loft
- 2018 Radegund
- 2011 De President a.k.a. The President
- 2010 Pulsar
Matthias Schoenaerts The Danish Girl
With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.
Initial release: 31 December 2015 (Portugal)
Director: Tom Hooper
Adapted from: The Danish Girl
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor,
Matthias Schoenaerts Bullhead
A Flemish cattleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) is wary of going into business with a notorious dealer (Sam Louwyck) of illegal bovine-growth hormone.
Initial release: 2 February 2011 (Belgium)
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Screenplay: Michaël R. Roskam
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, César Award for Best Foreign Film
Matthias Schoenaerts Graffiti
The handsome actor spoke in an interview and touched on his graffiti talent. He says, “In the early 80s graffiti hit Europe. I just got totally obsessed by it when I was a kid and it never went away, so when I started drawing at 12 or 13, I grabbed my first spraycan and that stuck and I never let it go. I loved it.”
He would paint, “Just very classic old-school graffiti stuff,” he shrugs. “Back then it was just letters and little characters and funny typical stuff, and then over the years it became richer and richer.” Then came trouble, in the form of les flics. A few brushes with the law got the adrenaline pumping.
“A lot of funny stuff happened, we got in trouble, we got pinched,” he laughs. “Almost getting caught, running away and hiding under crazy places and sitting there for like, 15 hours because you’re scared to come out because you think the cops are all around – that sort of stuff.”
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In the video, the actor talks about his movie Red Sparrow. During the interview he speaks about working opposite star Jennifer Lawrence in the role as Dominika Egorova and what it was like for her to take on the role knowing she had to shoot some very difficult scenes. He also talks about the rumours that his performance was based on Vladimir Putin.
Matthias Schoenaerts Awards
The 40-year-old has been active in the film industry since 1992 and has acted on more than a dozen of films. The Ceasar Award winner for his movie Rust and Bone has been nominated for several other prestigious awards.
César Awards, France
2013 Most Promising Actor in the film Rust and Bone
Magritte Awards, Belgium
2012 Best Actor inthe film Bullhead
Flanders Film Awards, Belgium, Ensor group
2011 Best Actor in the film Bullhead
Étoiles d’Or Awards, France
2013 Best Male Newcomer in the film Rust and Bone
2003 Berlin International Film Festival EFP Shooting Star award
2011 AFI Fest New Auteurs Critic’s Prize For Best Actor in the film Bullhead
2011 Austin Fantastic Fest Next Wave Award for Best Actor in the film Bullhead
2011 Les Arcs European Film Festival Best Actor for the film Bullhead
2011 2-in-1 International Film Festival Heroes Award for Best Actor in the film Bullhead
2011 Saint-Jean-de-Luz Young Filmmakers Festival Best Actor in the film Bullhead
2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor for the film Bullhead
2012 Valladolid International Film Festival Best Actor in the film Rust and Bone
2015 Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival Revelation of the Year for the film The Danish Girl
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Matthias Schoenaerts, Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy to Star In ‘The Sound of Philadelphia’
Updated: May 2, 2018
Matthias Schoenaerts (“The Danish Girl”), Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”) and Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl”) will star in “The Sound of Philadelphia,” a story of family and loyalty set in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob.
The American crime story is adapted from the Pete Dexter book “Brotherly Love.” It is written and directed by Jérémie Guez, whose directorial debut “A Bluebird in My Heart” had its world premiere at SXSW.
The cross-generational story follows events after a young girl is killed by a reckless driver and her family seek revenge. Two decades later, Peter Flood (Schoenaerts, pictured) is still tormented by his baby sister’s death. As his cousin Michael (Hedlund) grows more powerful in the hierarchy of the family crime business, a cycle of betrayal and retribution starts. Shooting gets underway in August, in Philadelphia.
Protagonist will handle international sales and present the project to buyers at the market in Cannes. Endeavor Content has North America rights.
Christine Vachon (“Carol”) and David Hinojosa (“Beatriz at Dinner”) from Killer Films, are teaming with Cheyenne Films producers Julien Madon (“Macadam Stories”) and Aimée Buidine (“A Bluebird in My Heart”) on the project.
“We leapt at the chance to work with the teams at Killer Films and Cheyenne on this super smart and stylish mob thriller,” said says Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. “Jérémie Guez is an incredible talent and with such an amazing ensemble of actors in place, we can’t wait to discuss ‘The Sound of Philadelphia’ with buyers in Cannes.”
Protagonist had already announced it would launch sales of Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and Lily Collins (“Okja”) movie “The Cradle” at the market.
Schoenaerts is repped by CAA and UBBA, Hedlund and McNairy by WME, McNairy, and Guez by WME, Management 360, and UBBA.