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Rachel Weisz was born 7 March, 1970 in Westminster, London, England. In November 2010, she announced the end of her nine-year relationship with Darren Aronofsky, the director of The Wrestler which resurrected Mickey Rourke's career. Weisz married James Bond actor Daniel Craig on 22 June 2011.
Weisz and Aronofsky worked together on sci-fi love story The Fountain (2006). They have a four year old son, Henry Chance. These days, Weisz is romantically linked with Daniel Craig, who is filming the Dragon Tattoo movies in Sweden for director David Fincher.
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Weisz speaks fondly of working with Aronofsky on The Fountain, which also starred Hugh Jackman ( a stand in when Brad Pitt could not play the part):
Darren is an actor's director, which is a pretty extraordinary thing.
There aren't many of them around. I don't think I've really come across hardly any before. He rehearses with the actors for weeks before we start filming in detail, using improvisation. And then on the set he definitely pushes actors, everybody, me, Hugh Jackman, everybody, further than they've ever, ever been in their life before.
Hugh and I would sometimes be sitting there and we're crying. We thought we'd given the ultimate we could ever give and Darren went, 'Okay, let's do it again immediately,' and you'd just do it again and again. I think he pushes you to the point where you're no longer conscious of what you're doing and for an actor, that is heaven. That's what you want, she says.
Her 2009 movie Agora (Greek for market or gathering place), is just out on dvd. It's not the usual swords and sandals costume drama. Movie critic Roger Ebert was pleasantly surprised:
This is a movie about ideas, a drama based on the ancient war between science and superstition. At its center is a woman [Hypatia] who in the fourth century A.D. was a scientist, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and teacher, respected in Egypt, although women were not expected to be any of those things.
Her father Theon, played by Michael Lonsdale, was the curator of the Library of Alexandria, whose task was to collect all the world's knowledge. Scholars traveled there from across the ancient world. Unfortunately, Christians, who associated the library with paganism, destroyed it in 391 A.D.
Weisz is fascinated by the story and the woman:
Hypatia lived in a very interesting time where it was the end of the Age of Classical Enlightenment and the beginning of the Dark Ages. And one of the reasons why those ages were dark was because women were really relegated to being tenth class citizens and demonized. She was called a witch.
Agora is directed by Alejandro Amenabar and was a huge hit in Spain.
Weisz objects to the idea she loves to play strong women:
I have an issue with the word strong, quite a big issue. You would never say to a man, 'Do you like playing strong men?' You just wouldn't say that. It's a ludicrous thought and I know people are unconscious of it when they say it.
What does strong woman mean? Can I lift a twenty pound weight? What does that mean, strong? I literally don't know what it means.
Do I want to play boring people or do I want to play interesting people? I would say I want to play interesting people. I want to play interesting women. And strong is such a bizarre notion. I'm kind of interested in people who are a little bit of a pain in the ass.
In real life, I'm polite and nice all the time. It's fun to play people who aren't. It's escapism.
In 2011, Weisz plays in Larysa Kondracki's The Whistleblower about Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and exposed the United Nations for covering up a sex scandal.
Her co-stars in The Whistleblower are Monica Belluci, screen great Vanessa Redgrave, and indie star David Strathairn.
Weisz stars in the suspense movie Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan, also featuring Naomi Watts and her new romantic interest Daniel Craig.
It has received awful reviews, saying the movie is far too slow and not so thrilling.
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