Elsa Zylberstein

Supporting actress, 'I've Loved You So Long'

Born in Paris to a Polish-Jewish physicist father and a Catholic mother, Zylberstein studied classical dance in childhood and made her screen debut in 1989 in “Bapteme.” Since then, the bilingual actress, who is largely unknown in America, has appeared in several dozen French films as well as the occasional English-speaking production, such as James Ivory’s “Jefferson in Paris.” The three-time Cesar Award nominee, who has found what she terms her American “angel” in Mike Medavoy, plays Kristin Scott Thomas’ younger sister in this year’s wrenching drama “I’ve Loved You So Long.” “We look very much alike,” she says of the uncanny casting.

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