Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky

Birth name: Elsa Lafuente Medianu
Born: July 18, 1976
Age: 42
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Biography

Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born 18 July 1976), known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model, actress, and film producer. Pataky is known for her role as Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise. She has appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane (2006), Giallo (2009) and Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2009). She also starred in the Spanish film Di Di Hollywood in 2010.

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Early life

Pataky was born Elsa Lafuente Medianu in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist, and Cristina Medianu Pataky, a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry. She changed her name to Elsa Pataky from her mother's maiden name. Pataky attended the Universidad CEU San Pablo, studying journalism and taking acting classes.

Career

Pataky was a member of the Madrid theatre company Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez. Eventually, she left school when she was cast in the television series Al salir de clase. Some of her subsequent films were co-productions with the UK and France, which introduced her to working in English and French. She was in the cast of the television series Queen of Swords (2000) as Señora Vera Hidalgo, trophy wife of Gaspar Hidalgo and mistress of Captain Grisham, credited in the opening titles but appearing in only 14 of the 22 episodes. She also had a recurring role in the television series Los Serrano, playing teacher Raquel, who fell in love with her student Marcos (Fran Perea).

Pataky has appeared in over 10 Spanish films and co-starred in the French film Iznogoud (2004). She was also on the cover of August 2006 issue of Maxim. She was cast in 2009 in the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas as Paula Moncada in the episode "Ana y Paula, Ultrajadas". She also starred in the action noir film Give 'Em Hell, Malone and Dario Argento's Giallo.

Pataky became the female face for the first collection of Time Force's jewelry line Ultimate Jewel, opposite football star Cristiano Ronaldo. She played Officer Elena Neves in the movie Fast Five, with Dwayne Johnson as her partner, Luke Hobbs. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011. Pataky was a stand in for Natalie Portman in the post end credit scene in Thor: The Dark World.

She reprised her role as Elena Neves in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017), the respective sixth, seventh, and eighth installments of The Fast and the Furious film series.

Personal life

She started dating American actor Adrien Brody in 2006. For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century estate in New York. Pataky and Brody were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008. The pair broke up in 2009.

She then started dating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in early 2010, after meeting through their mutual representatives. Pataky and Hemsworth married over the Christmas holidays in 2010. They have 3 children, a daughter and twin sons.

In September 2012, Pataky won €310,000 in Spain's supreme court against publishing group Ediciones Zeta. In March 2007, Interviu magazine, owned by the Zeta, published topless photos of Pataky that had been taken with a long lens while Pataky was changing clothes during a photoshoot for Elle magazine. The Zeta group said it would appeal the decision.

In addition to Spanish, she is fluent in English, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, and French.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Solo en la buhardilla Chica revista Short film
2000 The Art of Dying Candela
Tatawo Blanqui
Less Is More Diana
2001 Don't Tempt Me Waitress in Hell
Twelfth Night Marta Cuspineda
2002 Peor imposible ¿qué puede fallar? Fátima
2003 Beyond Re-Animator Laura Olney
El furgón Nina
Atraco a las 3... y media Katya
2004 Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt Barbara
Tiovivo c. 1950 Balbina
2005 Iznogoud Prehti-Ouhman
Arquitectura efímera deconstruida Vídeo 'Retorciendo palabras' Direct-to-video
Ninette Alajandra 'Ninette'
2006 Snakes on a Plane Maria
2007 Manual of Love 2 Cecilia
2008 Máncora Ximena Saavedra
Skate or Die Dany
Santos Laura Luna
2009 Giallo Celine
Give 'Em Hell, Malone Evelyn
2010 Mr. Nice Ilza Kadegis
Di Di Hollywood Di Di
2011 La importancia de llamarse Enesto Short film
Fast Five Elena Neves
Where the Road Meets the Sun Michelle
Snowflake, the White Gorilla Bruja del Norte aka Copito de nieve
2013 All Things to All Men Sophia Peters
Fast & Furious 6 Elena Neves
The Wine of Summer Veronica Also producer
Thor: The Dark World Jane Foster Uncredited cameo: Stand-in for Natalie Portman
2015 Furious 7 Elena Neves
2017 The Fate of the Furious Elena Neves
2018 12 Strong Jean Nelson

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Al salir de clase Raquel Alonso 192 episodes
1998 Tio Willy 1 episode
La vida en el aire 13 episodes
2000 Hospital Central Maribel 2 episodes
Queen of Swords Vera Hidalgo 14 episodes
2002 Clara TV movie
Paraíso Luisa Episode: "El cebo"
2003 7 vidas Cristina Episode: "La jaula de las locas"
Los Serrano Raquel Albaladejo 11 episodes
2005 Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale Ekran TV movie
2009 Mujeres asesinas Paula Moncada Episode: "Ana y Paula, ultrajadas"

[ Source: Wikipedia ]