Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara


Life Story

Born on 12 November 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra Maria Lara fled to Germany with her parents when she was four and half years old. After graduating at the French High School, she studied acting at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg from 1997 and 2000, but had already played leading characters in several TV shows and movies such as Die ... See full bio »



Sam Riley (8 August 2009 - present) ( 1 child)


Ranked #1 in a list by tabloid "Bild" searching the "50 most beautiful Germans of today" (28 April 2005).
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 4th Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2005.
Often used to travel to Bucharest to visit her grandmother.
Daughter of actor Valentin Platareanu.
When leaving Romania, her family planned to emigrate to Canada, but remained in Germany.
Due to her convincing performance in Downfall (2004), Francis Ford Coppola wrote her a letter and gave her a leading role in Youth Without Youth (2007).
Failed to pass driver's license three times.
Split from boyfriend Florian Unger after 9 years. (2006).
Met companion Sam Riley on the set of Control (2007).
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival in 2008.
Moved to Germany at the age of 4.
Lives in Berlin with boyfriend Sam Riley.
Gave birth to her first child, a son, Ben in January 2014. Father is Sam Riley.


Personal Quotes 

No matter what happens to me and my career in the future, Berlin is always going to be my hometown.
No, [as a child I didn't feel like a refugee] at all. I remember my German wasn't that good yet when I was in primary school and because of that, maybe I wasn't as well-integrated as other children. But when I went to primary school this was no longer the case. It was only much later, when I was 15, 16, that I visited Romania again for the first time. This was when I asked myself questions: Why am I the way I am? How much about me is German, which things about me are Romanian?
I don't remember [when I first visited the Berlin Zoological Garden]. To me, it was important that [in Germany] I could drink Coca Cola. In Romania, my father had bought me a bottle every now and then. To me, that was something really special. And mom and dad always told me, 'We are going somewhere you can drink as much Coke as you want'. To this day, Coke means so much more to me.
That was really strange, having to come up with a new surname [when my agent deemed my birth name too hard for people to remember]. After a long decision making process, me and my parents agreed on Lara because that was the name that sounded the most beautiful.
[I typically start my day with] coffee and a cigarette... Smoking is terrible, to smoke a cigarette as the first thing in the day is the worst thing you can do to yourself... I want to stop smoking, I have smoked almost a pack a day, you see, since I was 16. I told my parents immediately. They always wanted me to be honest with them... my father accepted my promise not to smoke more than two or three cigarettes a day. But unfortunately it didn't quite work out.
I had already been one of the uncool students in my class and had few friends. But once you could see me on the TV, I was even more uncool.



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