Vincent Perez

Vincent Perez


Life Story

Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father. From the classical theatre stage (Paris Conservatoire, L'Ecole des Amandiers) in works ranging from Shakespeare to Chekhov, Perez became an instant romantic idol after pairing opposite slightly older femme stars Jacqueline Bisset in La maison de jade (1988) and Catherine Deneuve in the Oscar-winning film Indochine (1992). His breakthrough role, however, came as the callow, vacuous lover "Christian" opposite Gérard Depardieu's Cyrano de Bergerac (1990). The film is considered these days the definitive version of the Edmond Rostand classic. With this European success, the lithe, moody heartthrob branched out internationally, finally making his American film debut in The Crow: City of Angels (1996), taking over the vengeful title role from the late Brandon Lee who was accidentally killed in the original. The sequel proved crashingly dull and the U.S. has been surprisingly unreceptive to Perez ever since. This may be in part due to his subsequent American movies, which have included the passionless I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Bride of the Wind (2001) and Queen of the Damned (2002) with the late musical star Aaliyah. Perez has been married to model/actress Karine Silla since 1998 and they have three children, including one set of twins). Sylla also has a child by Perez's ex-co-star Gérard Depardieu. In Europe, however, Perez is an art-house favorite.


Karine Silla (18 December 1998 - present) ( 3 children)


Born at 9:58pm-CET
His father is Spanish, his mother German
Attended drama school in Geneva and at the Paris Conservatory
Wife, Karine Silla, has a daughter, Roxane, by actor Gérard Depardieu, Vincent's former co-star in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990). On May 2, 1999, Karine gave birth to Vincent's first child, a daughter named Iman.
Welcomed twins (Pablo and Tess) on January 24th, 2003.
Before being actor he wanted to be a sculptor, a painter or a photographer.
Has dual citizenship, Swiss and Spanish.
Has two siblings: brother Carlos and sister Estrella.
Father worked in an import-export, and mother was an housewife.
Favourite book is "Le petit prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Loves painting, drawing and photography.
Dated actress Jacqueline Bisset and model Carla Bruni.
Speaks French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Best friend is Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was Vincent's wife's witness at their marriage, she is the closest friend of the couple.
Wanted to be an actor since he saw a film of Charles Chaplin, at the age of seven.
Moved from Switzerland to France at eighteen.
Is the second of three children.
His role in "Fanfan la tulipe", was held by late french star Gérard Philipe in the original version of the film, also called "Fanfan la tulipe".
One of his favorite paintings is "Portrait de Jean Genet" by Alberto Giacometti. He commented the painting on french TV, in an art TV show.
Brother-in-law of Virginie Besson-Silla and Luc Besson.
In 1995, he was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
He is the stepfather of a girl named Roxane, whose biological father is Gérard Depardieu. Not only did Vincent star with Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac, but he was also a good friend of the family, especially with Guillaume Depardieu. Vincent and Guillaume also starred together in "Le Pharmacien de Garde" and Guillaume starred in "Peau d'ange", directed by Vincent.

Personal Quotes 

We grow up in a society that takes us apart instead of showing us we are all part of the same unit.
When I was a kid, I fell in love very easily, but they were stories that I invented myself. In fact, I was very catholic. I needed to fall in love in order to suffer a little, in order to show myself that I was alive. I often say that a woman can reveal a man. I love strong women who leave an impression.
Deep fidelity is a part of love.
What is your favorite women's perfume? The smell a woman has in the morning. Oh, come on! It's the best. Everybody knows that.
Every morning I'm facing myself in the mirror. It doesn't change anything finding out I'm supposed to be a sex symbol. It's like a joke. My mom is always saying that to me. She's like, 'A sex symbol? You, my son? Oh, please. Look at your nose!'
In the US I can cry without anyone going immediately around saying that Vincent Perez is in the middle of a depression crisis.
I was like a plant in the wrong ground. It wasn't the right earth for me, but I think it was great because I was in touch with the nature and grew up in nature with forest and trees, fields, mountains, rivers, and it was good.
"Can you imagine her solitude? She must be so proud, scared and lonely. Viviane is like that ­ she' s really very pure; she's a good girl. The idea of becoming a woman was impossible for me too, but this kind of challenge brings out new things in my acting. I used to feel you had to show, to bring things to people, but it's good to let them steal from you. With Viviane I decided not to show, just to be." on playing a transvestite.
From the waist up I'm German, from the waist down I'm Spanish.
"She's been in my life a long time and a certain day, instead of turning my head somewhere else, I finally felt that my happiness was with her. Since then, I feel more adult. I work better. Karine wants a lot; she wants to face every problem. She's the ideal woman. With her I know where I am going" on wife Karine Silla.
I was not really fond of marriage, of contracts,but when everything became so evident with Karine, all fears and uncertainty disappeared. I only wanted to make her happy. When it was time to arrange everything for the wedding, I was in Africa in a reservation surrounded by snakes and lions, and I was stressed thinking about Karine, who had to face it all alone. She came for a while over there with Roxane, and it was wonderful.



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