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Diane Kruger goes to the dark side in The Bridge

After roles that rely on her looks, Diane Kruger dresses down to play drab detective in The Bridge

Published on Jul 14, 2014 11:17 AM
The second season of The Bridge sees Diane Kruger’s character explored in greater depth. -- PHOTO: FOX

Her perfectly Teutonic features, rail-thin frame and tabloid-worthy romances have made Diane Kruger a fixture on red carpets and magazine pages for the better part of a decade.

But for much of that time, the actress did not really have the career to match her public profile. She hit a professional peak between 2004 and 2009, which was bookended by juicy roles in the films Troy and Inglourious Basterds. This was followed by a bunch of largely forgettable movie projects, although the former model was still in demand as a fashion and beauty spokesman for brands such as Chanel, Calvin Klein and L'Oreal.

Then a year ago came a complex dramatic role that she could finally sink her teeth into and prove her acting chops with once again. The only catch was that it was in a television show, The Bridge.

And it would mean playing an intensely unlikeable person: the abrasive, socially awkward American detective Sonya Cross, who is forced to work with her counterpart in the Mexican police force after a grisly murder is discovered along the United States-Mexico border.

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