Chanel No. 5 Girl
"I really wanted to go to the Olympics, but everyone wanted me to model for them, so I said what the hell, why not!" Estella Warren
English Canadian model Estella Warren was noticed as the image of Chanel No. 5 perfume and one of Victoria's Secret catalog models. A world-class synchronized swimming champion in Canada, Estella has also posed for Elle and Italian Vogue magazine covers as well as the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Estella Warren later branched out in acting and had her breakout film role as sexy primitive vixen Daena in Tim Burton's 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (starring Mark Wahlberg). Making her big screen debut in the fashion industry-set feature Perfume (2001), Estella continued to grace the screen, notably in Driven (2001), Tangled (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), I Accuse (2003), The Cooler (2003) and Trespassing (2004, a.k.a. Evil Remains). Soon, she will be seen in the upcoming movies Glamorama, In Your Dreams, Nomad: The Two Worlds and National Lampoon's The Trouble with Frank.
As for her private relationships, this 5' 9" tall and 34B-24-34 figure was linked to Kip Pardue (actor; born on September 23, 1976; dated in 2001) and Josh Hartnett. Strawberry blonde-haired, blue-eyed Estella also placed first in Maxim's Hot 100 Babe List in 2000.
Childhood and Family:
In Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Estella Warren was born on December 23, 1978, to an elementary school principal mother and a used-car salesman father. She is the youngest of three sisters, one of whom is named Julia. During her high school years, Estella had no friends but excelled in swimming and became a world-class synchronized swimmer.
She joined the Canadian National Team and represented her country at the world aquatic championship in which she finished second. She received the nickname Tellie.
Estella's hobbies include horseback riding, playing piano, singing and swimming.
"Coming from a barely clothed childhood as a swimmer makes me really comfortable with my body." Estella Warren
Having started synchronized swimming at age eight, Estella Warren then headed to Etobicoke, Ontario in 1991 to train for the Canadian National Team at the Olympium Synchro Club. She became the Canadian National Champion for three years and represented her country at the World Aquatic Championship, where she placed second.
Entertainment business knocked in 1996 when a talent scout spotted her performance at a charity high school fashion show. The agent took a Polaroid photo and sent it to a New York City modeling agency.
Estella landed a modeling contract and decided to leave her possible stint in the Olympic competition to pursue a modeling career. Managed by her own father, Estella's stunning looks have been showcased in such magazines as Marie Claire, Elle, GQ, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Vogue and Vanity Fair. She also posed for a string of advertisements, including Andrew Marc, Byblos, Manuel Canovas beachwear, Perry Ellis, Cacharel, De Beers, Samsung notebooks, Cartier, Volvo, and a Victoria's Secret catalogue. Moreover, she managed to replace French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis as the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume with a Red Riding Hood-inspired commercial directed by Luc Besson. On the runways, she has worked for several fashion designers, notably Andrew Groves, Sonia Rykiel, Kenzo and Yves Saint Laurent.
Estella Warren later packed for Los Angeles to try a hand in acting and landed on the fashion industry-set feature Perfume (2001). In the Sundance premiered film directed by Michael Rymer, Estella starred as Arrianne, alongside Jeff Goldblum and Omar Epps. She followed it up with the role of Sophia Simone, a woman who adds fuel to the rivalry between top car racers (Kip Pardue and Til Schweiger) in Renny Harlin's action flick Driven (2001, also starring Sylvester Stallone).
The portrayal of Amazonian warrior princess Daena in Tim Burton's 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes helped Estella catapult her name towards the spotlight. In the film, she shared the screen with actors Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter. On her role, Estella revealed, "It was so empowering to play this female action hero. I'm so aggressive in that movie, with all this pent up animosity. I got to run and horseback ride, and I'd get clobbered fighting these apes. All the action was the fun part."
Along with Rachael Leigh Cook, Estella costarred as Elise Stevens in the romantic thriller, Tapestry Films' Tangled (2003). During that same year, she joined Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson in David McNally's Australia-set action comedy Kangaroo Jack, and William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin in the independent feature The Cooler. Estella was then seen with John Hannah in John Ketchum's independent feature I Accuse. On the small screen, she was spotted as a guest in "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "That '70s Show."
Recently, Estella played roles in the 2004 films Blowing Smoke, James Merendino's Trespassing (a.k.a. Evil Remains) and Pursued, as well as the 2005 movie Her Minor Thing. She will continue to grace the screen next year in her forthcoming movies National Lampoon's The Trouble with Frank (will play a trial lawyer and potential love interest opposite Jon Bon Jovi), Nomad: The Two Worlds, In Your Dreams, and Glamorama.
"If I can't use my beauty now, I'm never going to be able to. This is the way I'm going to get myself to a position where it isn't a factor." Estella Warren