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Bijou Phillips Bio
Phillips made her film debut as Charlie in Black and White (1999). Phillips’s performance was praised by film critics. The film was directed by James Toback and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jared Leto, Brooke Shields and Elijah Wood, with whom she would later begin an off-screen romance.
She appeared alongside Kate Hudson in the musical drama Almost Famous (2000). The film received four Academy Awards nominations and was a critical success but not a box office success. In 2001, she appeared in the comedy Tart and in the drama Bully. Later, Phillips starred in the thriller feature Octane, which was released at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003; in the film, she appeared opposite Mischa Barton. In 2004, Phillips starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in The Door in the Floor, a film adaptation of John Irving‘s novel A Widow For One Year. She portrayed a leading role as Emily in the low-budget drama Havoc (2005), alongside Anne Hathaway. That year, she appeared in the teen horror-thriller Venom. She played one of the main characters, Whitney, in the sequel to the horror film Hostel, Hostel: Part II, which opened in 2007. She also starred in What We Do Is Secret, in which she appeared again with Lauren German (her Hostel co-star). She received critical acclaim for her portrayal; Phil Gallo for Variety called Phillips’ performance “striking” and stated that her character “lights up in a unique way whenever she’s in Crash’s company or simply talking about him.”
She starred in the 2008 black comedy Choke, with Anjelica Huston and Sam Rockwell, and directed by Clark Gregg. The film is based on the Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel of the same name. Choke premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2008, where it won a Special Jury Prize for a dramatic work by an ensemble cast. She played as Marcy in the comedy Made for Each Other, with Danny Masterson and Chris Masterson. She was also cast as Nancy Spungen in a biopic about the Hotel Chelsea directed by Abel Ferrara. She got the starring role in Dark Streets.
She landed the lead role in a horror remake of It’s Alive. She also has an uncredited cameo in the as-yet-unreleased Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. Phillips starred alongside Danny Masterson, in the 2009 drama The Bridge to Nowhere. She appeared as Lucy in three episodes of the Fox Network‘s comedy series Raising Hope. The show premiered on September 1, 2010.
During an interview about Dark Streets, she was asked about the idea of making an album in the future, and she said that “No. I love singing and writing, but right now, the record industry is a disaster. I have friends who’ve worked for years, and they’re so talented, but even if they have a best-selling album, there’s no money right now. They’re not exactly handing out lucrative recording contracts left and right; I think it would be very difficult to get one at all. I mean, I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard it would be very hard”.
Phillips has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Playboy, Missbehave, Stuff, and Nylon. She was on the cover of Interview magazine when she was 13, and shortly thereafter became the youngest model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue‘s Italian edition. Phillips also became an image model for Calvin Klein and appeared on several advertising campaigns in which adolescents showed white underwear. The campaigns were widely condemned as eerily paedophilic. In 2000, she was listed #88 on Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list. Stuff magazine ranked her as #52 in their “100 Sexiest Women in the World” in 2007.
She said in one interview on modelling: “It was like, I wanted to go swimming in the ocean, but I was jumping up and down in a puddle.” It is said that the title of her album ‘I’d Rather Eat Glass’ is a reference to what she’d rather do than go back to modeling.