Famke Janssen Shunned the Press After James Bond Movie Because She Felt 'Incredibly Misunderstood'

The actress who portrayed 'GoldenEye' villainess explains she decided to be 'less famous' after the 007 film in 1995 because people often had a wrong impression of her.

AceShowbiz - Famke Janssen says many people have a wrong impression of her. Feeling she has been "incredibly misunderstood," the Hollywood star thinks the public have sometimes failed to recognize the distinction between her on-screen characters and real-life self.

"I feel incredibly misunderstood at times. It's the dichotomy between the way I look and what is happening inside. But that comes with being in a Bond movie and playing this crazy assassin. All of my friends and family know that I'm goofy, and sensitive, and that I play these characters who are so different from that; other people probably think I'm just playing myself," she explained.

Famke has always made a concerted effort to keep her private life out of the spotlight. The actress even admits that she doesn't "like people knowing anything about [her]."

She told The Independent, "I basically shun the press. I'm sure you Googled me to try and find some things, but I am super private and realised a long time ago that I don't really like people knowing anything about me."

Famke played the part of Xenia Onatopp in "GoldenEye", the 1995 James Bond movie. And she admits that it marked a turning point in her career. She shared, "It was just an onslaught of attention, good and bad and everything in between."

Famke subsequently made a decision to shun the cameras and "be less famous." But she now accepts that her approach has, to some extent, diminished her potential star power.

The actress - who has also starred in the "X-Men" film series - said, "I decided I'd rather be less famous and do things on my terms. That means I don't make as much money as other people do. I don't date famous people. I'm not on social media ... But fame comes at a price, and it wasn't one that I was willing to pay."

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