Bio / Info
Janssen was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, the only brunette in a family of blondes. There, besides her native Dutch, she learned to speak English, German, and French. She has two sisters, Antoinette Beumer (director) and Marjolein Beumer (actress). Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 and began her professional career as a fashion model. She was signed with Elite Model Management, and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Victoria's Secret, although she lost several months due to a car crash which required her to wear a neck brace. After studying writing and literature at Columbia University, she moved to Los Angeles to establish her acting career. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Janssen obtained her first parts, appearing in guest roles on TV series (such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Melrose Place). Her first film role was with Jeff Goldblum in Fathers & Sons (1992). Later she appeared in the first Pierce Brosnan James Bond film, GoldenEye, as femme fatale Xenia Onatopp. In 1998, she starred in eight films. Janssen played superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Janssen also starred in the movies Lord of Illusions, The Faculty, House on Haunted Hill, I Spy, Rounders, Deep Rising and Hide and Seek. In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV show Nip/Tuck as the seductive and manipulative transsexual life coach Ava Moore. Janssen has signed on toplining a new police drama for NBC. The show will be created by David Shore, also the creater and executive producer of House. The writer of House - Peter Blake will also help develop the project. The show will be a light drama with procedural elements that center on a female police officer (Janssen). Janssen provides the Dutch-language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at all Disney parks.