Diane Kruger, 39, earned her international breakthrough role as Helen of Troy in 2004’s Troy and starring alongside Nicholas Cage in the National Treasure movies. She’s also known for playing Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino‘s 2009 hit Inglorious Basterds. Her newest film is The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston.
Kruger speaks French, German and English and still performs in French and German-language films. She was in a long-term relationship with Fringe and The Affair actor Joshua Jackson. Reps for the actors told Us Weekly on July 18 that the two have broken up after a decade together.
Here’s a look at Kruger’s net worth and her career.
1. Kruger Has an Estimated Net Worth of $24 Million
Kruger started her film career in French movies and quickly caught the attention of Hollywood. Her first big year in Hollywood was 2004, with both Troy and National Treasure hitting theaters that year. She played Abigail Chase again in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
The biggest role of her career so far has been in Inglorious Basterds. The ensemble film, which also featured Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, made $321.4 million worldwide.
2. She Made Her TV Debut in ‘The Bridge’ as a Detective With Asperger’s
Like many movie stars, Kruger decided to take a role on television to make sure she had a part in the modern Golden Age of the medium. So, she starred in FX’s The Bridge with Demian Bichir. It only ran two seasons from 2013 to 2014, but it gave Kruger an opportunity to play a really different character.
In an interview with Zap2It in 2013, Kruger said her character, Detective Sonya Cross, was written as a person with Asperger’s. This is the aspect of Cross that was interesting to Kruger, not the act that she was a cop.
“How can someone who has a condition such as Asperger’s really excel at being such a good cop? That’s really what drew me initially to the project, because, yes, she has this condition, there are so many shortcomings in her personal life that appear because of that condition,” Kruger said. “Yet she is so different in her job because she has this ability to focus and to really look at things from a different point of view. I had never really had a desire to play a cop, I’m not really the gun toting kind of person, so that’s what really was interesting to me.”
3. She’s Made Endorsement Deals With Chanel, Calvin Klein & L’Oreal
According to Kruger’s Fashion Model Directory, she’s been appearing on magazine covers and working as a model since 1995. While she no longer focuses on modeling, she still attracts major company endorsement deals.
Since Kruger has over 20 years of experience in fashion, she doesn’t need a stylist. “I come from fashion, and who knows better what I like than myself?” Kruger told Vogue UK in 2011. “I understand why some actors just don’t care, or they are not sure. If those people want stylists, great, go for it.”
4. She Says She’s Never Been Paid as Much as Her Male Co-Stars
In October 2015, Jennifer Lawrence famously brought attention to Hollywood’s gender pay gap, as actresses routinely make less money than their male counterparts. In a June 2016 interview with Town And Country Magazine, Kruger revealed that she’s never been paid as much as a male co-star. She also said that she has been told she’s difficult to work with if she brings it up.
“I have yet to be paid the same amount as a male co-star,” Kruger said. “And absolutely I’ve been labeled a bitch, or difficult to work with, when I’ve spoken up about something. Or it’s, ‘She doesn’t really know what she’s talking about.'”
In that same interview, Kruger admitted to being arrogant during her early film career, so she’s made an effort to stay away from blockbusters. Her latest film, Sky, never even earned a wide release in the U.S.
“I had become arrogant. I had been a model, I spoke three languages, I had a career,” Kruger told Town And Country. “I felt I had figured it all out. And then I realized that I was living this very privileged life in my own bubble that I created and I don’t know anything about what’s really going on in the world and I don’t ask enough questions.”
5. She Supports UNICEF, Stand Up To Cancer & More Charities
In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Kruger, Keira Knightley, Lupita Nyong’o and other stars donated some of their clothes to Vestiaire Collective, a site that auctions off high-end fashion. Proceeds went to Women for Women International, which supports women who have survived war through job training and providing health services.
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