45 years old (Born on July 22, 1974)
Actor; She is famous from Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run).Says she was discovered as an actress in a public restroom. She was in a bar when she noticed she was constantly stared at by some woman. She decided to leave but went to the restroom before. The woman followed her and again stared at her through the mirror. Suddenly she asked "How would you describe yourself in one sentence?". Turns out she was a casting agent. Number 8 in `Neon` Magazine`s list of 100 most important young Germans. (Issue 1, September 2003) She is Sicilian German. Her last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-teh) means "powerful" in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. During the shooting of Blow (2001), she was so impressed by Johnny Depp that she always blushed in his presence.
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Fun Facts About Franka Potente
1/16th Italian by descent. Her great-great-grandfather was an Italian roof-tiler, who stayed in Germany.
Graduated from high-school (German Gymnasium) in 1994.
Education: Otto Falckenberg School, Munich; Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.
Has occasionally shaved off her hair after filming movies because she has wanted time to get her "real" hair back (as it is dyed or bleached so often for roles).
Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005
Tom Tykwer wrote Lola rennt (1998) specifically for her, with the intention of casting her as Lola.
Disliked the strict fitness regimen and diet that were required for The Bourne Identity (2002).
Was director for the short movie Der die Tollkirsche ausgru00e4bt (2006) (German title) for the first time 2005. She also wrote the script.
In spring 2002, she broke up with longtime boyfriend Tom Tykwer.
Her father is a teacher.
Speaks fluent French, English and German.
Plays the violin and the flute.
Wrote her first book "Los Angeles - Berlin. One Year." together with her good friend, the actor Max Urlacher 2005.
1998: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
Has a brother who is three years younger and was very sick when he was born. She says she always was very jealous on the way he was cosseted and that was why she often behaved like a clown and arranged performances to get more attention, and that this was why she decided to become an actress.
Knows how to fence.
Shares birthday with Danny Glover, Terence Stamp and John Leguizamo.