Sylvia Hoeks Biography | Hoeks Sylvia
Sylvia Hoeks is a Dutch actress from Netherlands. She was born Sylvia Gertrudis Martyna Hoeks in Maarheeze, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands where she also grew up. She speaks Dutch, German, French, and English.
She was scouted by Elite Models and traveled to many European countries to model, at the age of 14. She earned her first job as a cover for Elle Girl. After doing this, she finished high school and attended the Maastricht Theatre Academy.
Following her graduation from Maastricht Theatre Academy, Hoeks made her national breakthrough with the Jos Stelling film, Duska (2007), for which she won a Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Supporting Actress for the role.
She quickly became in-demand for both stage and screen directors and stars in prestigious Dutch TV series, like Overspel (2011) (VARA), Bloedverwanten (2010) (AVRO) and several theatre plays. Her next role was as “Julia” in the feature film, The Storm (2009). In 2010, Sylvia starred as “Tirza” in the feature film, Tirza (2010), by director Rudolf van den Berg, which won the “Best Film” award at Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal.
She also played the character of “Johanna”, in the feature film, The Gang of Oss (2011). Her first international role was in “The Best Offer (2013)” directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring next to Geoffrey Rush. Hoeks portrayed the replicant Luv in the 2017 science fiction film Blade Runner 2049. For the role, she trained with weights and in martial arts for six hours a day, six days a week before and during filming.
Hoeks appeared as Lara in the Steven Quale action film Renegades. In February 2017, she was cast as Leigh in All the Devil’s Men.She was cast in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in October 2017.
Sylvia Hoeks Movies | Sylvia Hoeks Films
- 2007 Duska
- 2008 Tiramisu
- 2009 The Storm
- 2010 Tirza
- 2011 The Gang of Oss
- 2012 The Girl and Death
- 2013 The Best Offer
- 2013 Bros Before Hos
- 2017 Whatever Happens
- 2017 Blade Runner 2049
- 2017 Renegades
- 2018 The Girl in the Spider’s Web
- 2018 All the Devil’s Men
Sylvia Hoeks Television Shows
Year Title Role
- 2005 Sea of Fire Sonja Looman
- 2006 Gooische Vrouwen Lucy
- 2009–2013 ‘t Schaep met de 5 pooten Ellie de Beer
- 2010–2014 Blood Relatives Antje Zwager
- 2011–2015 Adultery Iris van Erkel-Hoegaarde
- 2016 Berlin Station Claudia Gartner
Sylvia Hoeks Awards
- 2007: Golden Calf for Best Supporting Actress for Duska
- 2009: Best Actress at the Festroia International Film Festival for The Storm
- 2011: Shooting Stars Award
- 2014: Sylvia Kristel Award
- 2017: IGN’s Best of 2017 Award nomination for Best Supporting Performer in a Movie for Blade Runner 2049
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Sylvia Hoeks never felt like a model
Sylvia Hoeks didn’t feel like a model “in [her] heart”, and never felt she “belonged” in the modelling industry.
Published: 5 October 2017
The 34-year-old actress was signed to Elite models agency when she was younger, but the star has admitted she never felt like she truly “belonged” in the fashion industry.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about her career, the blonde beauty said: “I was not really a model in my heart … like I didn’t really belong.
“My first job was to be the cover of Elle Girl and I hated the photo because they made me smile big, like a happy frog!”
And the ‘The Girl and Death’ star has admitted when she was in the French capital on a job she had a severe case of homesickness because she felt so out of her comfort zone.
She added: “I would be in Paris and would feel homesick.”
Sylvia plays the role of Luv in ‘Blade Runner 2049’, and the star has admitted when she was first introduced to the movie franchise as a child she considered it to be “very high fashion”.
Speaking about the original movie, she said: “I was only nine or ten when my parents showed my sisters and me the first Blade Runner. I was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t sleep that night. My breath just stuck in my throat. I couldn’t analyse it: the music, the rain, the darkness that room with the dolls and Daryl Hannah as Pris: I thought the style was very high fashion.”
Sylvia has revealed she was forced to undergo a gruelling fitness regime prior to starring in the American neo-noir science fiction film, which she appears in alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, as she was forced to train with triathlete Lesley Paterson ahead of filming.
Speaking about her workout sessions and preparation for the production, she said: “She [Lesley] is this muscular little Scottish lady with a fierce attitude. The worst was cardio. It was insane. After two and a half hours you have to go on the bike and do HIIT training. My brain was screaming: ‘ I can’t do it any more!’ But I meet my character in that pain.”
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