Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen (born 3 July 1965) is a Danish actress.
She speaks eight languages: Danish, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Nielsen's favorite band is The Clash, and she is a big fan of Danish movie directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. The latter directed Metallica's music video for their song The Day That Never Comes.
Biography: At 18, she traveled to Paris, France, where she worked as an actress and model, which led to further work and study in Italy - at drama school in Rome and in master classes with Lydia Styx, a teacher at il Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan. She lived in Italy for many years, before moving to the United States, where she still resides.
She moved to the United States in 1996 and made her first appearance in a major English-language film in 1997 as Christabella Andreoli in The Devil's Advocate, starring opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. This first minor breakthrough led to roles in the films Permanent Midnight (1998), Rushmore (1998), and Soldier (1998). In 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Ridley Scott's internationally acclaimed Academy Award–winning epic Gladiator, starring opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Since then, she has starred in some notable American films, including Mission to Mars (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), The Hunted (2003), and Basic (2003). She also starred in the acclaimed French thriller Demonlover (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas. In 2004, Nielsen made her Danish film debut in the drama, Brødre. Neilsen also made for a quintessential film noir femme fatale in director Harold Ramis' pitch black "The Ice Harvest" (2005) as a strip club owner who considers an escape with a mob accountant (John Cusack) after he steals a bundle from his boss....
- "What makes you feel sexy?
- Well-being makes me feel sexy. Knowing that I'm loved by my guy - that makes me feel sexy. But it's not only that, it's also dependent on where you are emotionally. I think for women it's a lot to do with that. You know, if you slept well. Have you had a week when you actually did go to the gym instead of flaking on it? Little things like that. But I think it comes first and foremost, in my case, through physical well being and emotional well being. Then, you feel sexy."
The Devil's Advocate
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen
Hotshot Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax has never lost a case. In Gainesville, Kevin is defending a schoolteacher, Mr. Gettys, against a charge of child molestation. During the trial, he realises through the furtive actions of his client that he is guilty. During a recess, a reporter speaks to Kevin briefly in the restroom and tells Kevin that "nobody wins 'em all." Kevin then decides to go forward to try to win the case, even though he knows his client is guilty. Ultimately, he wins the case after harshly questioning the young victim (Barbara) and reveals that she had other children lie about Mr. Gettys, though her explanation is that "she didn't want to be the only one" to come forward.
Related Pages: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Gladiator