Mostly Credited As: Leonor Varela
Sometimes Credited As: Leonor Varela Palma
Birth Name: Leonor Varela Palma
Date Of Birth: December 29, 1972 (Age 43)
Country Of Birth: Chile
Birth Place: Santiago
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Born in Santiago, Chile on December 9, 1972, Leonor Varela is the daughter of a scientist and a dancer; she has one sister and two brothers. Her family moved to Costa Rica when she was young in order to escape the rule of a military regime in Chile; they then moved to Germany, the U.S., and France. In the 1990s, her family returned to Chile; she, however, remained in France, where she studied acting at the Neils Arestrup's School, The Ecole de Passage, and Conservatoire Superieur de Paris.
She began appearing in TV and movies in 1995, with her first role playing the character Annette in Pony Trek. After another movie, she was then cast in the Chilean television show Tic Tac. In 1998, she appeared as a nameless beauty in The Man in The Iron Mask with Leonardo Di Caprio; and in 1999, appeared with Billy Zane in Cleopatra in the title role. This lead to a relationship with Zane, which ended two years later. She has since appeared in various movies and television shows, such as Blade II and Arrested Development. Her upcoming projects for 2006 include: Where God Left His Shoes with John Leguizamo; The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (tv) with Casper Van Dien; and Goal!2 with Rutger Hauer.
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Trivia Her father is Chilean and her mother is French
Has 3 siblings
Was #11 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" in 2002
Was engaged with Billy Zane
Leonor Varela Quotes
In this business, if you don't have the capacity to step back and have some sort of relativity about things, you're screwed.
I don't need jewels and cars. It's about the delicacy of the way I'm handled.
I'm not good with limitations. I tend to like to find my own. It hurts sometimes, but it's good. I'm little extreme in that sense-the middle ground is not my forte.
I don't believe in nudity for nudity's sake, but it's really beautiful when it's done well, when it's within a story. I'm very comfortable with my body. I grew up mostly in France, where nudity is not taboo. It's not this hypocritical thing where we go, "No!" and then it's "Oh, yes!" When we strip away the clothes, the jewelry, that's who we really are. I walk around naked in my house.