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You're just under six feet tall, with dark striking looks, and your first big movie role is playing a James Bond girl named Xenia Onatopp - who just happens to crush men between her thighs.
It would be easy for Famke Janssen to be typecast. But Famke, a former Chanel model, has managed to sidestep being pigeonholed by taking on diverse roles that show her range: a Russian gambler in 'Rounders'; a transgender life coach on 'Nip/Tuck'.
It also helps to land in another massive franchise - in Famke's case the X-Men/Wolverine films, in which she plays the telekinetic superhero Jean Grey.
Famke's next up in the Netflix original series 'Hemlock Grove' - the freaky story of a twisted Pennsylvania town where no one is what they seem.