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Overview (2)

Born in Paris, France
Height 6' 2¾" (1.9 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Debicki was born in Paris, to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent, who were both dancers. When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne, where she grew up with two younger siblings. She became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to switch to theatre. A student at Huntingtower School in Melbourne's east, Debicki achieved two perfect study scores in Drama and English and was the school's dux when she graduated in 2007. In 2010, she completed a degree in drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts. In August 2009, she was the recipient of a Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students in their second year of training.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alexandre Baltazar

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Statuesque height

Trivia (14)

She was nominated for the 2014 'Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play' for her stage performance in 'The Maids'.
Was awarded the Trophée Chopard at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, alongside actor Joe Alwyn.
Upon graduating high school at age seventeen, Debicki had to decide between studying drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts or attending law school on a scholarship. She chose the former.
Appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's 25th Annual Hollywood Issue, alongside Rami Malek, Chadwick Boseman, Saoirse Ronan, Nicholas Hoult, Tessa Thompson, Henry Golding, Yalitza Aparicio, Regina King, Timothée Chalamet, and Tenet (2020) co-star John David Washington.
Is the eldest of three children. Debicki has a younger sister and brother.
Her performance as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby (2013) was ranked #32 in IndieWire's 'The 50 Best Movie Performances of the Decade'. [2019].
Her performance in Widows (2018) was ranked #8 in IndieWire's 'The 16 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2018'.
Was added to the cast of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) in an undisclosed voice-over role a month and a half before its release. The role was eventually revealed to be that of Emperor Haban-Limaï. Aymeline Valade did the motion capture for the role.
Reportedly beat out Charlize Theron and Rose Byrne for her role in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).
Was originally cast as Christina Braithwhite in Lovecraft Country (2019), but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The role later went to fellow Aussie actress Abbey Lee.
Was on the shortlist of actresses who were in the running to play the female lead in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), along with Katherine Waterston and Kate Upton. The role went to Waterston.
Was considered for the lead female role in Gemini Man (2019). The role went to Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
In 2019, Debicki was the fourteenth recipient of the Women in Film 'Max Mara Face of the Future Award'. She was honored at the 2019 Women in Film Awards on June 12th at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
In 2015, she was honored as the breakthrough star of the year at the Australians in Film awards gala, following her roles in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Macbeth (2015), and Everest (2015). Previous recipients of the Breakthrough Award include Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth, Joel Edgerton, and Mia Wasikowska.

Personal Quotes (24)

If it's a real passion, it's almost like a need. As a child, I got bored with my surroundings, so I would be another person for a little while. I was obsessed with Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) so I developed into one of the characters and told everyone that I was the character. It's like a need, you have to change. And as soon as I've finished one thing, I'm like, okay, what can I be next?
[on taped auditions] I don't know if I prefer it. There's a lot to be said for being in a room with a casting agent or a director. There are things you can't really replicate when you're self-taping and there's the bonus of having someone to direct you, which is extremely helpful. The benefit of self-taping is, I suppose, being on your own clock. It's certainly more relaxing to self-tape than to audition with someone in the flesh but I don't know if it's necessarily better.
[on how her height affects her career] What I always think when I am asked that or have to consider that is that if I did not get a role because I was too tall, then I don't think I wanted it anyway. My agent was never going to call me up and say, "Look, they didn't want you because you're tall," because there's nothing I can do about that. I'm sure it's happened. It's been a process in my life but I'm really proud of it. It's been a journey coming to terms with it.
I was small once upon a time. But I was always tall for my age. At about twelve, I really shot up, which I minded because I felt different to all my friends, and I slouched a lot on one hip. But my parents are dancers, so they used to just come up and grab my shoulders back.
I was a dancer for many years, and I thought I was going to be a ballerina. I once went to a summer school for the Australian ballet, and I was taller than my teacher. So I remember thinking I'm gonna have to rethink this plan. I did a lot of contemporary dance until I was about seventeen and then I went to acting school.
I grew up learning ballet and then I took up contemporary as I got older. I probably thought I was going to be a ballet dancer when I was younger, but at a certain age, I really was more interested in acting.
When I was younger my mom was still dancing, but at a certain point she stopped. My father stopped dancing and started working in the theater, so I spent a lot of time backstage with him. We would see pretty much every show that came through the theater, which was pretty incredible. We were exposed to a lot of different kinds of theater, which really broadened my horizons from an early age.
[on being very tall] No one's ever going to call me up and say you didn't get the role or this actor doesn't want to work with you because you're too tall. That's probably happened, but there is nothing I can do about it. It's never been something in my life I've felt is a hindrance. Obviously I can't think like that or I'd just stay in bed. Why get up? I'm too tall to act! I like to think I can use it to my advantage.
I mean, why don't you have a good time in high school? The age you are, you're like this unformed ball of plasma that's desperately sensitive and sort of absorbing multiple shocks of identity crisis. You couldn't pay me to be fifteen again. Awful. I've always felt like I was very odd. I definitely didn't feel like I fitted in, in a big way.
[on the first job she auditioned for] I think it was the first job I got, which was an Australian comedy called A Few Best Men (2011). I had three lines in it, and they cut two of them. The one that stayed in the movie is something about a sheep. I played a secretary. I was really pleased about it. I remember that my dressing room was in the back of a car; funds were scarce. But I did get to meet Olivia Newton-John and that was a big deal then because she's an Aussie legend.
I remember when I was a teenager I used to shrink down on my hip. I was lucky that my parents were tall and they were both ballet dancers so I was taught to really own my height. I was also really blessed that the very first role I played was in Baz's film The Great Gatsby (2013), and Baz was somebody who really loved that about me. He taught me to embrace it really early on and that was a blessing.
[on The Night Manager (2016)] I definitely try my best not to stay in character when I'm not on set, which can be more difficult in some roles than others. Here, I found Jed quite consuming. She was probably in me a lot when I wasn't actively playing her, but we had lots of time off set to enjoy locations and spend time with each other. It was really an adventure, this job.
[on how her height affects her career] It's been both. It's been a huge help because I think it can be extremely graphic on-screen. When I think of the role I played in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and how the director and I decided we would make Ayesha taller, it made her even more graphic and alien. If I've missed out on a part because I'm tall, that's not the excuse my agent is going to use, whether or not that's happened in the past. There's nothing I can do about that. You are the way you are, and you have to embrace that and love that about yourself.
[on her audition for Widows (2018)] I put myself on tape while I was in Australia in my friend's garage, 'cause I am all about the glamour. I remember putting a lot of eyeliner on, and picking out some hoops. A few days later, I flew over to L.A. and read for Steve McQueen in person. I was completely terrified. Good terror, though. Sort of the best terror.
I think it's only with hindsight that you understand what was a turning point. If you actually felt the penny drop, you should probably check yourself, like, "Whoa, you're doing OK, but you're not that great." It's an interesting schism between knowing quietly inside yourself that you're worth being heard, but challenging yourself so you don't plateau. I look back at certain moments that empowered me and it's always about the people I worked with.
The older I get and the more experience I have, the more it becomes apparent that your truest strength is to speak with your own voice. It's scary to be authentically yourself.
[on being very tall] I realized that I couldn't do anything about it. You just have to accept it, or it will be a burden for your whole life. I am very tall and when you're a teenager, you want to be like everyone else. I used to slump a lot, it's very human at that stage to want to be part of the crowd, and not want any part of you that is sticking out.
I think my parents were aware that, because I was going to be so tall, if I slouched it wasn't going to be good for me. So I'm really grateful for that slapping on the back of the head.
People often think I'm quite calm and confident, but we know that's not the truth! The other thing is people see what they need and want to see, and I'm fine for that to happen. I'll just be that open canvas and people can project what they would like to...that's the weird thing about our job as actors, we're there for the projecting upon.
I always loved being on stage when I was young and doing my ballet concerts. It just became clear to me that was my happiest place. The kick you get out of that connection with a faceless crowd, nothing beats that kick, and I felt that when I was really young.
[on meeting Hugh Laurie] We had breakfast together at a diner and sat for hours. I ordered a pancake stack, but he insisted on also ordering me his favorite thing on the menu - a milkshake with bananas and peanut butter. And, even though I eat like a racehorse, I couldn't manage it, which he has never let me live down. He talks about how we're going back there and this time I'll drink the milkshake. He makes me laugh all the time.
Making Steve McQueen's movie Widows (2018) was a huge moment in my personal life. I can remember when I first saw Hunger (2008) and thinking, "I don't know what this is, I've never seen a film like it." There are images in that movie that never leave you. So then I meet this man and he gives me a job. Then the work starts. And the work is, "How do I rise to the challenge of what he's going to ask of me and how do I do it so that I'm proud of it myself?" You can never be in control of how someone receives your work, but you can know in the moment whether you have done yourself justice.
Acting is a craft to me: I just think you get better the more you do it. And then the irony to that is your doing it is not in your control. If it was up to most actors, we'd work all the time and we'd always get better. But it's not in our control, so we have to wait to be given parts to do.
I'm not a great sleeper. I try and do too many things every day. I think that I get very obsessive about parts and projects. I do let them kind of consume me, and when there's something on the horizon that I want to be involved in, I just kind of hurdle myself towards it.

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