Let’s look at her five best performances below.
The part of Helen of Troy in this big budget film was one of the most coveted and heavily debated roles in Hollywood for a good while, with Indian star Aishwarya Rai reportedly turning down the role before Kruger became the face that launched a thousand ships. The part required little of her, but certainly proved she could share the screen with the biggest names in Hollywood.
This French film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture and proved what a talented actor the former model had become. Kruger played Anna, a Danish opera singer during the World War I Christmas truce in 1914. Sadly she did not do her own singing, with that left to opera legend Natalie Dessay.
Kruger’s biggest role in America to date, the actress received a SAG nomination for this Best Picture contender in which she played German film star Bridget von Hammersmark. Her performance would have brought on better roles in America one would think, but either she is turning them down for better work in Europe or nobody is smart enough to be offering her any.
This very brilliant, and very, very long film from Jaco Van Dormael, seemed to sit on the studio shelf forever before getting a very limited American release. It is too bad, as Kruger’s performance along with Sarah Polley and Linh Dan Pham as the wife of the last mortal man on Earth, played by Jared Leto, was phenomenal.
Farewell, My Queen
Just look at this trailer. Amazing.