Famke Janssen says men are "threatened" by her in Hollywood
The 47-year-old actress - who played Bond Girl Xenia Onatopp in 1995 movie `GoldenEye` - believes some male actors in the industry don`t feel comfortable in her presence but she refuses to change the way she is just to please guys.
She said: "My boyfriend [Cole Frates] says men get threatened by me and I notice it sometimes. I`ve seen women dumb themselves down in order to deal with men in Hollywood. I`ve never done it. I don`t know how to, I`m too Dutch. I think we`re way too straightforward as people to do that."
Famke recently reprised her role in `Taken 2`, which sees her play the ex of Liam Neeson`s alter-ego, who is still in love with her, and she enjoyed working with the 60-year-old actor again because he is "so talented and handsome".
She explained: "Oh my God, fantastic. He is so talented and handsome and tall. As a tall actress, it`s not easy to find people you can actually look up to rather than look down on. In the story, he`s married to his work and I think that would be problematic in a relationship.
"But Liam is one of my favourites. I am not supposed to say that but it is true. He`s very clever in how he has reinvented himself as an action hero. It`s the only way to sustain yourself in this business because there are millions of people fighting for your place."
Famke got her big break in `GoldenEye` and admits she was about to quit acting until she landed the role of Xenia, and while the part saved her career, she didn`t want to be typecast in similar roles.
She added to Metro newspaper: "It changed everything. What preceded it were years of struggling and being turned down in Hollywood for every imaginable reason. I was just about to give it up when I got `GoldenEye`.
"After that, I had to say, `OK, but I`m really not dumb and I am really not Russian and I don`t want to have a career playing this type of role.` So I focused on independent films but did studio ones, too."