Adèle Haenel

Adèle Haenel (French: [adɛl enɛl]; born 1 January 1989) is a French actress.

Adèle Haenel
Adèle Haenel in 2017
Born (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989
Paris, France
Years active2002–present

Life and career

Haenel began her film career as the lead in the film Les Diables in 2002. In 2019 she said that after being systematically harassed by the director of the film, Christophe Ruggia, she decided to abandon acting. Christel Baras, the casting director of Les Diables persuaded her to continue acting and cast her in Water Lilies for which she was subsequently nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2008. She was nominated in the same category in 2012 for House of Tolerance (2011).[1] In 2014, Haenel was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Suzanne,[2] and in 2015, she won the César Award for Best Actress for performance in the film Love at First Fight.[3]

Personal life

In 2014 Haenel revealed she was in a romantic relationship with director Céline Sciamma, whom she met on the set of Water Lilies, by publicly acknowledging their relationship in her acceptance speech for her César award in 2014.[4] In 2018 she was in a relationship with musician and singer Julia Lanoë from the band Sexy Sushi.

In 2019 Haenel gave an interview accusing director Christophe Ruggia of sexually harassing her from the age of 12 to 15 after casting her in his film Les Diables by touching her inappropriately.[5] Her account was backed up by many people who had worked on the film and noted Ruggia's inappropriate behavior towards her, along with letters he had written her at the time proclaiming his love for her.[6] As a result Ruggia was expelled from the Société des réalisateurs de films, the guild for French directors.[7][8][9] Though Haenel had explicitly chosen not to go to the police with her accusations, citing the justice system as "usually condemning so few sexual offenders" and "only one rape out of a hundred" and stating that "the justice ignores us, we ignore the justice." [10], the publicity garnered by her interviews about the abuse led the Paris prosecutor's office to announce they were investigating Ruggia.[8]


2002Les DiablesChloé
2006Water LiliesFloriane
2009DéchaînéesLucieTV movie
2010Adieu MolitorLa copine de PaulinShort film
2010Les Grandes ForêtsLiseShort film
2010PaulineShort film
2011Iris in BloomIsabelle
2011House of ToleranceLéa
2011Heat WaveAmélie
2011Les Enfantants de la NuitHerietteShort film
2011GoldmanJeanneTV movie
2012FolksShort film
2012Three WorldsMarion Testard
2012La MouetteMachaTV movie
2014Love at First FightMadeleine
2014In the Name of My DaughterAgnès Le Roux
2015The Forbidden RoomThe Mute Invalid
2015Les OgresMona
2016The Unknown GirlJenny
2016NocturamaGirl with a bike
2016The Bloom of YesterdayZazie
2017BPM (Beats per Minute)Sophie
2018The Trouble With YouYvonne
2018One Nation, One KingFrançoise
2019Portrait of a Lady on FireHéloïse
2019Heroes Don't DieAlice


Year Production Director Venue
2012 The Seagull Arthur Nauzyciel Festival d'Avignon
2013 Le Moche / Voir Clair / Perplexe Maïa Sandoz Théâtre La Générale, Paris
2016 Old Times Benoît Giros Théâtre de l'Atelier
2016 The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas Maïa Sandoz CDN d'Orléans
2018 Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï Paul Moulin Ferme du Buisson

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 César Awards Most Promising Actress Water Lilies Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award N/A Won
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actress House of Tolerance Won
César Awards Most Promising Actress Nominated
2014 César Awards Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Won
Prix Suzanne Bianchetti N/A N/A Won
2015 César Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Won
Cairo International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Lumières Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress In the Name of My Daughter Nominated
Prix Romy Schneider N/A N/A Won
Globes de Cristal Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Nominated
2016 Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur Best Actress Orphan Won
2018 César Awards Best Supporting Actress BPM (Beats per Minute) Nominated
2019 César Awards Best Actress The Trouble with You Nominated
Globe de Cristal Awards Best Actress - Comedy Nominated


  1. Adèle Haenel, comédienne «déchaînée» qui refuse de dépendre du goût des autres Archived 21 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Les Quotidiennes. 29 May 2010. French
  2. "France's Cesar Awards: Me, Myself and Mum Wins Best Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. "Cesar Awards: 'Timbktu' Sweeps, Kristen Stewart Makes History". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. Romney, Jonathan (4 December 2016). "Adele Haenel, 'Recycling cliches is a sign that a film lacks courage'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. Chu, Henry; Keslassy, Elsa (4 November 2019). "'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Star Adele Haenel Accuses Director of Years of Harassment". Variety. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  6. Grater, Tom (4 November 2019). "French Actress Adèle Haenel Accuses Director Christophe Ruggia Of Sexually Harassing Her From Age 12; He Denies Allegations". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  7. Mintzer, Jordan (4 November 2019). "Christophe Ruggia, French Filmmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment, Is Fired From Directors' Association". Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  8. Vandoorne, Saskya (8 November 2019). "French film star Adele Haenel accuses director of abuse". CNN. Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Broadcasting Systems. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  10. elle ne souhaite pas porter l'affaire devant la justice qui, de manière générale, selon elle, « condamne si peu les agresseurs » et « un viol sur cent ». « La justice nous ignore, on ignore la justice. » , #MeToo dans le cinéma: l’actrice Adèle Haenel brise un nouveau tabou {{ | url= |date=3 November 2019}} Mediapart, Marine Turchi. 3rd November 2019. French

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