Matthias Schoenaerts

Actor

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  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • 1977-12-08
  • Belgium
Bio

Matthias Schoenaerts was born on December 8, 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium. His parents are Dominique Wiche and actor Julien Schoenaerts. He made his acting debut at age 15 alongside his father in the belgian film "Daens", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Schoenaerts enrolled in film school but was expelled for poor attendance in his second year. By age 21, he was enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp and was acting professionally in small roles on Belgian television and in Belgian film. By the time he graduated in 2003, Schoenaerts was already named one of "Europe's Shooting Stars" by the influential marketing organization, European Film Promotion.

In 2006, he played a supporting role in Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" and landed his first starring role in the Belgian film "Love Belongs to Everyone", playing Dennis, a mentally-challenged man learning to adjust to life after a prison sentence for a rape he may not have committed. Though Schoenaerts garnered critical praise for his role in "Love Belongs to Everyone," the film that would make him a star in his homeland came in 2008. In Erik Van Looy's "Loft", Schoenaerts played Filip, one of a group of married friends who share the rent on a downtown loft as a place to meet their respective mistresses. The dramatic thriller was a smash hit, becoming the top-grossing Flemish film of all time.

In 2011, Schoenaerts starred in Michaël R. Roskam's "Bullhead", playing Jacky Vanmarsenille, a cattle farmer who becomes entangled with the underworld of bovine hormones and steroids. Impressed by the script, Schoenaerts committed to star in the film in 2005, and over the five years that it took first-time director Roskam to secure financing, the actor transformed his naturally thin body into that of a steroid abusing brute. His powerful performance in the tragic role won awards at numerous film festivals and propelled "Bullhead" to an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.

In 2012, Schoenaerts played the lead role opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" as Ali, an ex-boxer. Like Audiard's previous film, "Rust and Bone" received a breathless reception at the Cannes Film Festival with a ten-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening. Schoenaert's performance in the film earned him a César Award for Most Promsing Actor.

Schoenaerts also starred in the belgian short film "Death of a Shadow", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2013 and won the European Film Award for Best European Short.

In 2013, he starred in Guillaume Canet directorial debut in Hollywood: "Blood Ties", after being recommended for the film for his former co-star in "Rust and Bone", Marion Cotillard.

Following his breakthroug in "Rust and Bone", Matthias is starting his carrer in Hollywood and landing roles in american and british productions like "The Drop", "A Little Chaos", "Suite française" and "Far from the Madding Crowd", all set to be released in 2014.