Rachel Hannah Craig (née Weisz), professionally known as Rachel Weisz (born 7 March 1970), is an Anglo-American film and theater actress as well as a former fashion model.
Known for being an "English rose" due to her appearance, Weisz started modelling when she was 14. In 1984, she gained public attention when she turned down an offer to star in King David with Richard Gere. Instead Weisz entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge and graduated with a second-class honors, upper division (2:1) Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her university years, where she was a contemporary of Sacha Baron Cohen, Alexander Armstrong, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Osman and Ben Miller (whom she briefly dated), she appeared in various student productions, co-founding a student drama group called Cambridge Talking Tongues. It won a Guardian Student Drama Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for an improvised piece called Slight Possession, directed by David Farr. The group existed until 1993.
After several smaller films, Weisz breakthrough role came in the action film Chain Reaction (1996), opposite Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. Next, she appeared as Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell in the adventure films The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). Other notable films featuring Weisz are the war film Enemy at the Gates (2001), opposite Jude Law; the comedy-drama About a Boy (2002), opposite Hugh Grant; the supernatural action-thriller Constantine (2005), pairing her once again with Keanu Reeves; and in the Darren Aronofsky-directed romantic drama The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman. For her supporting role in the drama thriller The Constant Gardener (2005), opposite Ralph Fiennes, she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors' Guild award. In 2006, Weisz received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She played the Wicked Witch of the East, Evanora, in the fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) opposite Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis.
Personal Life Edit
Weisz began dating American filmmaker and producer Darren Aronofsky in the summer of 2001. They met backstage at London's Almeida Theatre, where she was starring in The Shape of Things. Weisz moved to New York with Aronofsky the following year; in 2005, they were engaged. Their son, Henry Chance, was born in 2006 in New York City. The couple resided in the East Village in Manhattan. In November 2010, Weisz and Aronofsky announced that they had been apart for months, but remain close friends and are committed to bringing up their son together in New York.
Weisz began dating English actor Daniel Craig in December 2010 and they married on 22 June 2011 in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in attendance, including Weisz's son and Craig's daughter. Weisz, a British citizen by birth, became a naturalized American citizen in 2011.
Weight Issues Edit
Weisz's weight has wildly fluctuated throughout her career, being both blessed and cursed with easily being able to gain weight very quickly. Entering Trinity College, Weisz admitted that she weighed over 400 pounds and struggled to keep her weight under control. Once her acting career her weigh rose quickly to over 650 pounds then dropped to just 450 only to rise again to 600 over a 12 year span. After the birth of her son, Weisz's weight nearly reached 700 pounds and she struggled to keep her mobility causing her to take a break from acting for three years while slowly losing weight and building up her muscle strength.
Weisz's younger sister, Minnie, had the same struggles and was effectively immobile for a year before she was able to both lose weight and gain muscle strength with help from Rachel. Given her family's genetic prevalence to quickly gain weight over a short period of time and struggle to lose it, Weisz and her sister have publicly been apart of medical studies along with many other women who have had the same struggle.
Weisz currently weighs around 500 pounds, but admits that it fluctuates between 470 and 550 pounds.