- Category : Actor
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 6/3 - Role Model / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (1,7,13,20)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Confrontation 1
Louis Garrel (born 14 June 1983) is a French actor. He is best known for his starring role in The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. He regularly appears in films by French director Christophe Honoré, including Ma mère, Dans Paris, Les Chansons d'amour, La Belle Personne and Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser.
Garrel is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy. His grandfather, Maurice Garrel, and his godfather, Jean-Pierre Léaud, are also famous French actors. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris.
He was 6 years old when he first appeared onscreen, in the movie Le baisers de secours. It would be more than a decade before appearing in another film, Ceci est mon corps. It wasn't until 2002, however, that Garrel gained international recognition playing Eva Green's twin brother in The Dreamers. Director Bernardo Bertolucci found him on the first session of casting in Paris. Garrel has since then starred in various French films before being awarded the 2006 César Award for Best Male Newcomer for his work in Les amants réguliers, directed by his father and featuring his grandfather in a supporting role. He showcased his singing ability in the Christophe Honoré-directed film Les Chansons d'amour.
In 2008, Garrel was the writer and director of the short film "Mes copains".
"It's true I have a hard time with the notion of creating a character. And I feel it's a limit. I'm always really impressed by actors who are able to construct a character, like Johnny Depp.”
He is in a relationship with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi - the older sister of former French First Lady Carla Bruni. Bruni Tedeschi adopted an African baby in 2009. Aside from his native French, Garrel speaks English and Italian.