Ex Playboy Playmate of the Month (April 2000), model, singer and actress Bijou Phillips gained notice for portraying an Upper East Side teen of privilege in director James Toback's drama Black and White (1999), in which she received rave reviews. In 2001's Bully, Bijou gave a convincing turn as party girl Alice 'Ali' Willis, which resulted in her being listed as one of The Hollywood Reporter's Shooting Stars of Tomorrow. She is also known for playing roles in such recent films as Almost Famous (2000, starring Kate Hudson), Tart (2001) and The Door in the Floor (2004, opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger).
Off Screen, best friend of Nicky and Paris Hilton Bijou is an animal lover who has two dogs and a horse. She named her white male Pekinese Mama's Flea Angel Eyes and her black female Pek-a-Poo Sweet Pea. Her horse is named Finnegan. In June 2004, Bijou reportedly crushed Playboy Playmate Nicole Marie Lenz in a nightclub in Los Angeles.
Actor Matthew Perry, who later became a witness for Lenz, broke up the quarrel. As for her private life, Bijou was romantically involved with Sean Lennon.
Recently, Bijou dots her resume with Stephan Gaghan's romance Havoc (2005, also starring Anne Hathaway), the thriller film Venom (2005) and the drama movie What We Do Is Secret (2005). While working on the films, Bijou also recorded tracks for her second album.
Childhood and Family:
In Greenwich, Connecticut, Bijou Lilly Phillips was born on April 1, 1980. Her father is John Phillips, a musician and the founder of The Mamas and the Papas, and her mother is Genevieve Waite, a South African model and actress. Bijou also has one brother named Tamerlane Phillips and two half-sisters, Mackenzie Phillips and Chynna Phillips.
Bijou Phillips, whose nickname is Bij, had a turbulent childhood.
She grew up in a family where her father and sister were addicted to cocaine. Emancipated from her parents at the age of 15, Bijou lived in her own apartment in Manhattan and modeled to earn a living. Aside from her modeling jobs, Bijou filled her teen years with nightclubs, parties, and drugs, and was once a "wild girl" of New York party scene. As soon as she returned home and underwent rehab, Bijou started to turn life around by concentrating on her music and film career.
What We Do Is Secret
"Bijou Phillips- you never knew what the f**k she would say or do next. There is no line between her unconscious and her articulation of it and her behavior. She is a genuine psychopath. I say that with affection and admiration, because she's also incredibly smart and talented, so she knows how to amuse and how to get and hold attention.
If she were just a psychopath, you wouldn't want to use her- you'd just be bored. But she is always amusing and interesting, and if one thing isn't working she has a good sense of it, and she just starts on something else." Director James Toback
Thirteen-year-old Bijou Phillips ran away from boarding school to begin her modeling career. She landed her first modeling gig in Interview magazine as their cover model and quickly became the youngest model to grace the cover of Italian Vogue. Her next project put Bijou on the spotlight in 1995 when she appeared as part of the controversial Calvin Klein ad campaign that featured immature models in evocative poses.
"Music is real, it's something you can touch and feel. It moves you- the bass literally shakes you and rocks you from the inside. Music makes your soul feel amazing while you're performing it. It's not air, it's not wind, it's not anything like that. It's solid. It's thick. It's like summertime in New York." Bijou Phillip on music
Bijou, who was taught to play guitar by her father at age 15, decided to leave modeling and tried her hand in singing after signing a record deal with Almost Record. At age 17, she launched her debut album, I'd Rather Eat Glass, an emotion expressing of feelings about her former occupation. Her confessional pop album was well received and Bijou earned positive reviews from critics. She also embarked in Lilith Fair musical festivals.
In 1999, Bijou also turned her attention to acting when she made a cameo appearance as an autograph girl in Allison Anders' and Kurt Voss' ensemble comedy Sugar Town (1999). She continued with the supporting role of Charlie, the young Upper East Side child of privilege, in the drama Black and White (1999). With James Toback directing, Bijou earned praise from film critics for her good acting.
Playing the supporting role of Estrella Starr, opposite Kate Hudson, in Almost Famous (2000), was Bijou's opening film in the new millennium. Around the same time, the former Calvin Klein model drew attention with her naked pose for Playboy and was featured on the cover of the April issue. The following year, Bijou starred as Delilah Milford in the independent feature Tart (2001), a drama film about 1980's affluent New York teenagers in New York City, and played Tracy in director Salime Breziner's Fast Sofa (2001).
The same year, Bijou costarred with Brad Renfro and Rachel Miner in the scary drama Bully (2001), playing young party girl Alice 'Ali' Willis. Delivering an impressive performance, Bijou was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's Shooting Stars of Tomorrow, in 2002.
After a year away from film, Bijou returned to the big screen with the 2003 horror film Octane, appearing as backpacker. She next found herself acted opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in the film adaptation of John Irving's novel "A Widow For One Year," in The Door in the Floor (2004).
Recently, Bijou starred as Emily in Academy award winning writer Stephan Gaghan's romance film Havoc (2005, also starring Anne Hathaway). She will soon play a role opposite Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson and Rick Cramer, in the thriller Venom (2005) and portray the leading role of Lorna Doom in the drama What We Do Is Secret (2005).