Thekla Reuten Biography
Thekla Reuten is a Dutch actress from the Netherlands who came to wide international attention with her role as Lotte in the Oscar nominated film Twin Sisters / De Tweeling, which went on to be a hit with critics and film lovers worldwide. Reuten can speak five languages: German, English, French, Dutch, and Italian.
She studied acting at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam. She assumed leading roles in Dutch film and theatre productions during the last yea of her studies. She won the ‘shooting Star Award’ for her portrayal of Lotte in the film Twin Sisters, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Subsequent roles included In Bruges, Hotel Lux, and The American alongside George Clooney, as well as the political thriller Waffenstillstand (‘Ceasefire’). Other films include De Trip van Teetje (Tate’s Voyage), Kruimeltje (Little Crumb), Rosenstraße, Una Bellezza Che Non Lascia Scampo (‘An Inescapable Beauty’), and Iedereen beroemd! (Everybody’s Famous!), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Her television work includes Hidden (BBC, Great Britain), Restless (BBC, Great Britain), and Sleeper Cell (Showtime, USA). She has performed in Johan Simons’ production Fall of the Gods at the Salzburg Festival and the Ruhr Triennial, as well as in Rufus Norris’ Blood Wedding at the Almeida Theatre in London, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal.
Thekla Reuten Age
The actress was born on 16 September 1975 in Bussum, Netherlands. She is 42 years old as of 2018.
Thekla Reuten Family
She was born Thekla Simona Gelsomina Reuten. She is the daughter of a Dutch man, economist and politician Geert Reuten, and an Italian mother, who was born in Benabbio near Bagni di Lucca.
Thekla Reuten Partner | Thekla Reuten Husband
Reuten’s partner is Gijs Naber (a Dutch actor) with whom she is expecting a child. This is according to social media posts on Reten’s Instagram.
Thekla Reuten Movies
- 1996: Stories from the Bible, ‘the man on the donkey’
- 1997: Arends
- 1998: Baantjer , episode De Cock and the murder of the witch
- 1998: Tate’s Voyage
- 1998: The 14th chicken
- 1998: We, Alexander
- 1999: The red swan
- 1999: Klokhuis
- 1999: Crumb
- 1999: Moët and Chandon
- 2000: Everyone famous!
- 2000: The black Meteor
- 2001: Chalk
- 2001: The Actors
- 2001: A beauty that leaves no way out
- 2002: Bella Bettien
- 2002: Twin Sisters
- 2002: Spagaat
- 2003: Brush with Fate
- 2003: My sister Zlata
- 2003: Pearls & Boar
- 2003: Rosenstrasse
- 2004: Co / Ma
- 2004: The Band
- 2004: The dark diamond
- 2005: Not She – Film Installation
- 2005: Smachten – Boy meets Girl Stories
- 2006: Boxing, ‘The Van Gogh disappeared’
- 2006: Waiter
- 2006: Sleeper Cell, II. Season
- 2007: Highlander: The Source
- 2008: In Bruges
- 2008: In Transit
- 2008: Lost – IV. Season
- 2008: The Silent Army
- 2009: Ceasefire
- 2010: Day One
- 2010: The American
- 2011: Hotel Lux
- 2012: Hidden
- 2012: Restless
- 2013: There’s something going on
- 2013: Speelmann
- 2013:The Dinner
- 2015: Atlantic.
- 2015: The Reunion
- 2015:Home Suite Home
- 2015: The Angel of Sarajevo
- 2015:Clean Hands
- 2015:The Legend of Longwood
- 2017: Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
- 2018: Red Sparrow
- 1997: Susn by Herbert Achternbusch as ‘Suus’
- 1998: The Comedy of Seduction by Arthur Schnitzler as ‘Gilda’
- 1999: The Dresser by Ronald Harwood as ‘Irene’
- 1999: Fall of the Gods by Luchino Visconti and Tom Blokdijk as ‘Bediende’, ‘Lisa’ and ‘Dirndl’
- 2001: The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca as ‘Adela’
- 2004: Braat forest by Willem Jan Otten as ‘Nana’
- 2005: Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca as ‘Braut’
Thekla Reuten Awards (Selection)
- 1997: Encouragement Award at Belgian Theatre Festival ‘Theater aan Zee’ for Susn
- 1997: Philip Morris Scholarship (Nomination) for Susn
- 1998: Golden Calf Award (Nomination) for Best Actress in De Trip van het Teetje
- 1998: NOS Culture Award (Nomination) for Best Actress
- 2004: European Shooting Star of the Berlinale for outstanding performance in Twin Sisters
- 2009: Rembrandt Award (Nomination) for Best Actress in The Silent Army
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Thekla Reuten Interview
Lucky Man star Thekla Reuten talks James Nesbitt, languages and luck
The Dutch actress speaks about her journey from Holland to Hollywood
“We really clicked,” says Thekla Reuten of her on-set relationship with James Nesbitt. “He’s so generous, funny, and easy to work with. I was so lucky.”
A funny choice of words from the Dutch actress, as she is about to take on a starring role, alongside Nesbitt, in the second series of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, a Marvel property written specially for the small screen. Reuten is taking over leading lady duties from series one’s Sienna Guillory – and she promises that this second outing will be just as wild a ride as the first.
“Every episode is full of tension,” Reuten explains. “Sometimes my world feeds in with James’ cases, and at other times I’m a very destructive and distracting presence in his life. But it was fantastic playing such a mysterious character, and it was fantastic working with such a down to earth person as James.”
Reuten, although reasonably new to UK screens – unless you caught her in the BBC’s acclaimed spy drama Hidden several years ago – has been a permanent presence in her native Netherlands since she burst onto the scene in 2002’s Twin Sisters – an Oscar-nominated drama that first put the actress in touch with the English-speaking world.
“I didn’t purposefully pursue acting in other languages,” says Reuten, “it just felt very logical to me. My mother was Italian so it was natural speaking in other languages – I can speak five. So, from there I went on to work in productions around the world.”
From 2008’s In Bruges, in which Reuten acted alongside Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes, to 2010’s The American, where Reuten and George Clooney played assassins, the Dutch actress has had quite the career. But she has always stayed close to home and – interestingly – has taken over voice roles of some of the world’s most famous actresses in their Dutch language dubs.
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“My mother was Italian so it was natural speaking in other languages – I can speak five”
From Angelina Jolie to Renée Zellweger, Reuten has stepped into the shoes of some big stars – most recently voicing Cate Blanchett’s role in children’s film How to Train Your Dragon 2.
“They’re really interesting roles to take,” says Reuten. “Cate’s such a phenomenal actress who I’ve always admired, but you don’t want to simply copy someone – that doesn’t make any sense. You have to add something of yourself, whilst keeping similarities. You never copy, but instead make it your own.”
Remakes, similarly, crop up a lot in the life of a multilingual actor. Reuten is currently awaiting the release of The Dinner, an English-speaking remake of a Dutch film she starred in back in 2013. Laura Linney will be taking on the actress’ role in the remake, alongside Richard Gere and Steve Coogan. So what does Reuten think of retreading ideas?
“I’m not a fan of remakes for the sake of remakes,” Reuten muses, “but if people are intrigued by a story- if it fascinates people and translates to other countries, like America, for example, then that works. In the Dutch and Danish world we are quite similar and geographically close together, so its much easier to translate projects.”
Last year, Reuten starred in a Dutch remake of a Danish show about an outspoken and rebellious schoolteacher, called Tessa. And, with her latest role in Lucky Man, is it possible that the actress has left film behind for the increasingly popular long-form format?
“I’m always after a story,” reasons Reuten. “It doesn’t matter if there’s a new form I haven’t heard of, its about a good story, it doesn’t even matter what country the story is from. It’s about going and telling that story, that’s what I’m passionate about and why I started acting.
“I’m not a fan of remakes- but if people are intrigued by a story- if it fascinates people and translates to other countries, then it works”
“It could be from my country or from another. Television has to be more like the movies today, in terms of sound and vision and images, as people now watch TV at home on big screens. It’s a big player now – and so important. But, overall, it could be theatre, film or TV – as long as the story is good.”
Reuten has worked extensively on stage, on television and in films. Most recently, her involvement was announced in Red Sparrow, a Jennifer Lawrence-starring spy thriller that will keep Reuten in Budapest until the end of April.
Alongside such actors as Vincent Cassel, Mads Mikkelsen and Lea Seydoux, Reuten is joining an increasing group of professionals who are leaving their native industries and striking out on the global entertainment market. But just how difficult is it to graduate to the world stage?
“To master the other languages and act in them, to not seem like a foreigner, that’s the skill. I think that we’ll see more people doing this in the future, I hope so at least. I think it’s such a positive thing to do, and we all travel so much anyway. In London today, you listen and can hear so many different languages – and stories told in so many different tongues.
“The difficulty in moving from Holland to Hollywood is in your own attitude,” says Reuten. “I knew what I was doing in the Dutch film industry, so of course I knew what to expect when I started working abroad. But, when you step up onto the global stage, it’s kind of like moving from middle school to high school – you have to start working with these people you’ve been looking up to, the older people.
“For me, it happened very organically. I love languages, and I’ve even had the chance to speak Russian and Arabic in my career. But the European languages – Dutch, German, English, Italian and French – are those which I really love acting in. But, of course, who knows how much longer it’ll be this easy to act across the continent. It’s all a bit scary – as we don’t know what Europe is anymore…”