Vicky Krieps (born 4 October 1983) is a Luxembourgish-German actress. She has appeared in a number of American, Luxembourgish, French and German productions. Krieps' breakthrough role was in Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award-winning film Phantom Thread (2017).
|Alma mater||Zurich University of the Arts|
|Partner||Jonas Laux (2010–present)|
Krieps early films include Hanna (2011), Two Lives (2012), and A Most Wanted Man (2013). She also appeared in The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018), The Last Vermeer (2019), and Old (2021). She gained critical attention for her performances in Bergman Island (2021), and Hold Me Tight (2021). She received a Cannes Film Festival Award and European Film Award for her performance in Corsage (2022).
Krieps was born in Luxembourg City, the daughter of a Luxembourgish father, who managed a film distribution company, and of a German mother. Her father, Bob Krieps, is the director general of the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg, the former director of Sacem Luxembourg, and the former president of the Luxembourg Film Fund. Several of her films have been funded by the Luxembourg Film Fund, which is supervised by the Ministry of Culture, which then decides which films will be funded by state subsidies. Her paternal grandfather, Robert Krieps, was a politician, war-time member of the Luxembourg Resistance, and Luxembourg's Minister of Justice, National Education and Culture in the 1970s and 1980s.
Krieps had her first acting experiences at the Lycée de Garçons secondary school in Luxembourg, receiving training at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg City. In 2004, she was far from convinced that her career would be her future. Rather than enrolling in one of the drama schools, she participated in a social project at the primary school of a South African township near Knysna. This confirmed her resolve to study acting, with the goal of performing on theatre stages. She attended Zurich University of the Arts, while gathering acting experience at Schauspielhaus Zürich.
She had numerous roles in Luxembourgish films and television series, before starring in foreign productions, such as Hanna, Rommel, Before the Winter Chill and Elly Beinhorn – Alleinflug, a biopic about the German aviation pioneer Elly Beinhorn. She starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in the period film Phantom Thread. Receiving critical acclaim for her role, Dan Jolin of Empire stated that Krieps "can hold her own opposite a titan like Day-Lewis," while David Edelstein of Vulture wrote that she is "bewitchingly lucent, her face just masklike enough to make our sudden awareness of all her dark thoughts a shock." Krieps played the magazine publisher in The Girl in the Spider's Web. She played the morally compromised Alsatian interpreter in the television series Das Boot and subsequently in the second series. In 2021, Krieps starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller mystery film Old, and in the drama film Bergman Island.
Krieps moved to Berlin, Germany in her early 20s. She resides in Berlin with her two children, daughter Elisa (born 2011) and son Jan-Noah (born 2015), and her partner, the German actor Jonas Laux.
When asked about the #MeToo movement, Krieps said: "Maybe it's very European, but I always see both sides. I feel very sorry for the people who have been harassed, but I also feel very sorry for the people who have lived a life where they have been harassing people. You cannot tell me any of these people are really happy, it's more like a disease. So I really think it's important for everyone to wake up. That would be my hashtag: #WakeUp."
In April 2021, Krieps was part of the controversial campaign #allesdichtmachen ("close everything down"), which featured 50 German-speaking actors making fun of Germany's protective measures against COVID-19. In her video, Krieps says, among other things, that acting helped her to deal with her fear of people. "During this time, we all learned how good it is to finally get away from it all. To alienate, not always having to let others get close to you. Above all, you don't know if the people you meet are washed." The campaign, released when Germany had more than 80,000 deaths related to COVID, was highly criticized as being "tasteless" and "cringe-worthy", but it also received support from members of the far-right and COVID-deniers, who were rejoicing to find material supporting their own criticism of the authorities' handling of the pandemic.
When Krieps was questioned on Instagram about the alleged abuser in the cast of her film Corsage that was kept in the film after director Marie Kreutzer was informed about him, she said: "So, a feminist film made by two women should be discarded because of the misconduct of a male colleague? (Second question) Who exactly is being harmed by this?". Krieps was also an executive producer on Corsage. The case became public in Austria in June 2022, when Austrian director Katharina Mückstein shared an Instagram story that generated a lot of media attention and sparked a new wave of the #MeToo Movement in Austria.
|2008||La Nuit passée||Christina||Short film|
|2009||X on a Map||Ana||Short film|
|House of Boys||Flower shop girl|
|If Not Us, Who?||Dörte|
|Elle ne pleure pas, elle chante||Nurse|
|The Treasure Knights and the Secret of Melusina||Marie Kutter|
|Two Lives||Kathrin Lehnhaber|
|Measuring the World||Johanna Gauss|
|Before the Winter Chill||Caroline|
|Brotherhood of Tears||Russian woman|
|2014||A Most Wanted Man||Niki|
|Meer zwischen uns||Karen||Short film|
|The Chambermaid Lynn||Lynn|
|2015||M wie Martha||Helene||Short film|
|Pitter Patter Goes My Heart||Lisa||Short film|
|Outside the Box||Yvonne von Geseke|
|2016||Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert||Stella|
|2017||The Young Karl Marx||Jenny von Westphalen|
|Phantom Thread||Alma Elson|
|2018||3 Days in Quiberon||Hotel maid|
|The Girl in the Spider's Web||Erika Berger|
|2019||The Last Vermeer||Minna Holberg|
|The Survivor||Miriam Wofsoniker|
|Hold Me Tight||Clarisse|
|2022||Corsage||Empress Elisabeth of Austria||Also executive producer|
|More Than Ever||Hélène|
|TBA||The Dead Don't Hurt||Post-production|
|2011||Tatort||Mariam Sert||Episode: Eine bessere Welt|
|2012||Rommel||Comtesse de La Rochefoucauld||Television film|
|2014||Elly Beinhorn – Alleinflug||Elly Beinhorn||Television film|
|The Witness House||Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier||Television film|
|2015||Tag der Wahrheit||Ursel||Television film|
|Mon cher petit village||Elisabeth||Television film|
|2017||Der Kriminalist||Dr. Kim Koch||Episode: Hochrisiko|
|2018–20||Das Boot||Simone Strasser||10 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2008||Budapest Short Film Festival||Best Youngster Award||La nuit passée||Won|||
|2012||Luxembourg Film Award||Young Newcomer Award||—||Won|||
|2022||Cesar Award||Best Actress||Hold Me Tight||Nominated|||
|2022||Cannes Film Festival||Un Certain Regard Best Performance Prize||Corsage||Won|||
|2022||European Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
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