Pom Klementieff

Pom Alexandra Klementieff (French: [pɔm klemɑ̃tjɛf];[1] born 3 May 1986[2]) is a French actress. She was trained at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris and appeared in such French films as The Easy Way (2008) and Sleepless Night (2011), before making her American film debut in Oldboy (2013). In 2019, she also made an appearance in Striking Vipers, the first episode of the fifth series of the anthology series Black Mirror.

Pom Klementieff
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Klementieff in 2019
Pom Alexandra Klementieff

(1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 37)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
EducationCours Florent
Years active2007–present
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Klementieff received worldwide recognition for her role as Mantis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017),[3] Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), the television film The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023).

Early lifeEdit

Klementieff was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to a Korean mother, Yu Ri Park, and Russian-French father Alexis Klementieff,[4][5] who was working there as a consul with the government of France. She is a French citizen, but does not have Canadian citizenship because jus soli does not apply to children of diplomats.[6][7][8] Her grandfather was Russian painter Eugene Klementieff (1901-c.1985).[9] Her parents chose the name "Pom" because it is similar in pronunciation to the Korean words for both "spring" () and "tiger" ().[7] Klementieff lived in Canada for one year before her family began traveling extensively due to her father's job.[10] They lived in Japan and Ivory Coast before settling in France.

Klementieff's father died of cancer when she was five, and her mother had schizophrenia and was unable to care for children,[7] so Klementieff was raised by her paternal uncle and aunt.[6] Her uncle, whom she described as "like [her] second father", died on her 18th birthday, and her older brother Namou died by suicide seven years later, on her 25th birthday.[7][11] Klementieff briefly studied law in an undergraduate capacity after her uncle's death to appease her aunt, but did not find it appealing. She also worked as a waitress and saleswoman in France.[7] She started acting at age 19 at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris. A few months into her education, she won a theater competition and two years of free classes with the school's top teachers.[10]


2007–2012: Early careerEdit

Klementieff at the 2018 Brussels Comic Con

Klementieff's first professional acting job was the French independent film Après lui (2007), portraying the stepdaughter of the protagonist played by Catherine Deneuve.[6] Filming for her scenes took three days. In one scene, Klementieff was supposed to push someone down a set of stairs but accidentally fell down the stairs herself, and director Gaël Morel kept that shot in the final film.

Her first leading role was in Loup (2009), a French film about a tribe of reindeer herders in the Siberian mountains. During filming, Klementieff stayed in a camp, hours from the nearest village, where temperatures dropped well below zero. She befriended nomads who lived there, worked with real wolves, rode reindeer, and swam with a horse in a lake.[10]

2013–present: BreakthroughEdit

Klementieff made her Hollywood debut in Spike Lee's Oldboy (2013), a remake of the South Korean film of the same name.[10][12] She portrayed Haeng-bok, the bodyguard of the antagonist played by Sharlto Copley. A fan of the original film, Klementieff heard about the part through Roy Lee, a producer with the remake, and took boxing lessons after learning the role involved martial arts. After showcasing her boxing skills during her audition, Lee asked her to go home and come back wearing a more feminine outfit and make-up, like her character in the film.[6][7] She contributed some of her own clothes to the character's wardrobe,[6] and trained three hours a day for two months for an on-screen fight with star Josh Brolin.[6][12] Klementieff came up with the name Haeng-bok, Korean for "happiness", herself after Lee asked her to research possible names for the character.[6][10]

Klementieff moved to Los Angeles after Oldboy was filmed and began pursuing more Hollywood auditions.[6][10] She continued taekwondo after the film, and has a purple belt as of the summer of 2014.[6] Her next acting role was the film Hacker's Game (2015), in which she plays a hacker she compared to Lisbeth Salander from the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Klementieff used her boxing skills again in the film, and due to the movie's low budget, she had to do her own make-up and choose her own wardrobe.[10] It was her idea to dye her hair purple for the role, to which the directors first objected but later acquiesced.[6] In 2017, she appeared in the romance drama Newness and the black comedy-drama Ingrid Goes West.

Klementieff received worldwide recognition when she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mantis, appearing in the films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).[13] In 2019, she appeared in an episode of the Netflix science fiction anthology series Black Mirror, the thriller film Uncut Gems, and had voice roles in the animated supernatural comedy film The Addams Family. In 2020, she had a recurring role as Martel in the HBO science fiction series Westworld. She reprised her role as Mantis in the 2023 sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as appearing in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two in 2023 and 2024, respectively.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 After Him Emilie
2008 The Easy Way NHI
2009 Loup Nastazya
2011 Borderline Naomi
Delicacy The Waitress
Sleepless Night Lucy
Love Lasts Three Years Julia
Silhouettes Valerie
2012 Radiostars The Pizza Girl
Porn in the Hood Tia
2013 Paris Or Perish Jess
Oldboy Haeng-bok
2015 Hacker's Game Loise
2017 Newness Bethany
Ingrid Goes West Harley Chung
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Mantis
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Mantis
Time of Day Herself Short film
2019 Avengers: Endgame Mantis
Uncut Gems Lexis
The Addams Family Layla & Kayla (voice)
2021 Save Ralph Cinnamon (voice) Short film[14]
Thunder Force Laser
The Suicide Squad Dancer Uncredited cameo
2022 Thor: Love and Thunder Mantis
2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Mantis
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One   TBA Post-production
2024 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two   TBA Filming
  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Pigalle, la nuit Sandra 8 episodes
2019 Black Mirror Roxette Episode: "Striking Vipers"
2020 Westworld Martel 3 episodes
2022 The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Mantis Television Special



  1. ^ "Stan Lee's Alliances : L'éclair du génie - Backstage avec Pom Klementieff". Audible. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Qui es-tu Pom Klementieff?/Who are you Pom Klementieff?". Première (in French). France. 7 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Miss Klementieff est née au Québec le 3 mai 1986, d'un père russe et d'une mère coréenne./Miss Klementieff was born in Quebec on 3 May 1986 to a Russian father and a Korean mother. Additional WebCitation archive on 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Davids, Brian (2 May 2023). "Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff Talk 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Emotions and the Case of the Missing Chris Pratt Doll". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  4. ^ The Canada Gazette, vol. 119, collected issues 40-43, 1985, p. 6445
  5. ^ World Guide to Foreign Services, vol. 1, World Guides Internationale Publikationen, 1986, p. 261
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Actress Pom Klementieff from Spike Lee's Oldboy". Filler Magazine. Vol. 2, no. 5. Summer 2014. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. Additional Archive.is archive on 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Han, Steve (November 2013). "Korean French Actress Pom Klementieff Makes US Debut in 'Oldboy' Remake". KoreAm. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. So I told [filmmaker Spike Lee], my father died when I was 5. My mother, she is schizophrenic, so she couldn't take care of me and my brother, who died by suicide a few months before the audition [for Lee's remake of Oldboy].
  8. ^ @PomKlementieff (2 May 2017). "I'm French, not Canadian! I was born in Quebec under diplomatic passport. Was never able to get the Canadian passport because of that. Xxx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Chang, Mina (2 July 2013). "Q&A with Pom Klementieff". Anthem Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  11. ^ Maida, Jerome (2 May 2017). "In playing Mantis, Pom Klementieff Keeps Laughing Through The Pain". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  12. ^ a b De Ville, Reece (7 April 2014). "Interview: Oldboy's ass kicking, earth moving Pom Klementieff". TheDigitalFix.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  13. ^ Romano, Nick (28 January 2017). "Avengers: Infinity War adds Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy 2". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  14. ^ Amundson, Sara; Block, Kitty (6 April 2021). "In HSI's 'Save Ralph,' a lovable spokesbunny makes a case for ending cosmetics animal testing". HSLF. Retrieved 24 May 2023.

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