Bijou Phillips

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Bijou Phillips
Bijou Phillips.jpg
Phillips in 2005
Born Bijou Lilly Phillips
(1980-04-01) April 1, 1980 (age 38)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, singer, socialite
Years active 1994–present
Height 5 ft 5.25 in (1.66 m)
Danny Masterson (m. 2011)
Children 1
Parent(s) John Phillips
Geneviève Waïte

Bijou Lilly Phillips (born April 1, 1980)[1] is an American actress, model, socialite, and singer. The daughter of musician John Phillips and actress, model, and artist Geneviève Waïte, she began her career as a model but soon began acting and singing. When she was 13, she became one of the youngest people to ever appear on the cover of Italian Vogue. Bijou also appeared in several ads for Calvin Klein. She made her musical debut with her album I'd Rather Eat Glass in 1999. She has appeared in films such as Black and White (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Bully (2001), Octane (2003), The Door in the Floor (2004), Venom (2005), Hostel: Part II (2007), and Choke (2008). From 2010 to 2013 she played the recurring role of Lucy Carlyle on the television series Raising Hope.

Early life[edit]

Named after the song "My Petite Bijou" by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (bijou means 'jewel' in French),[2] Phillips was born in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is the daughter of John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and his then-wife, Geneviève Waïte, a South African model, artist, and actress.[1] The youngest of John Phillips's children, she has one brother, Tamerlane, and three half-siblings: Mackenzie, Jeffrey, and Chynna. At 14, she quit school and moved into her own apartment with a housekeeper, just off Fifth Avenue.[3] She used to party, drink and take drugs, explaining in 2002, "If you were 14 years old and able to live on your own in an apartment in New York City, and you got invited to all these clubs, and you got a bank account and you had a car service you could call so that you could go wherever you wanted... what would happen?"[3]


Phillips made her film debut as Charlie in Black and White (1999). Phillips's performance was praised by film critics. The film was directed by James Toback and starred Robert Downey Jr., Jared Leto, Brooke Shields and Elijah Wood, with whom she would later begin an off-screen romance.

She appeared alongside Kate Hudson in the musical drama Almost Famous (2000). The film received four Academy Awards nominations and was a critical success but not a box office success. In 2001, she appeared in the comedy Tart and in the drama Bully. Later, Phillips starred in the thriller feature Octane, which was released at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003; in the film, she appeared opposite Mischa Barton. In 2004, Phillips starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in The Door in the Floor, a film adaptation of John Irving's novel A Widow For One Year. She portrayed a leading role as Emily in the low-budget drama Havoc (2005), alongside Anne Hathaway.[4] That year, she appeared in the teen horror-thriller Venom. She played one of the main characters, Whitney, in the sequel to the horror film Hostel, Hostel: Part II, which opened in 2007. She also starred in What We Do Is Secret, in which she appeared again with Lauren German (her Hostel co-star). She received critical acclaim for her portrayal; Phil Gallo for Variety called Phillips' performance "striking" and stated that her character "lights up in a unique way whenever she's in Crash's company or simply talking about him."[5]

She starred in the 2008 black comedy Choke, with Anjelica Huston and Sam Rockwell, and directed by Clark Gregg. The film is based on the Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name. Choke premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2008, where it won a Special Jury Prize for a dramatic work by an ensemble cast. She played as Marcy in the comedy Made for Each Other, with Danny Masterson and Chris Masterson. She was also cast as Nancy Spungen in a biopic about the Hotel Chelsea directed by Abel Ferrara.[6] She got the starring role in Dark Streets.

She landed the lead role in a horror remake It's Alive.[7] She also has an uncredited cameo in the as-yet-unreleased Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.[8] Phillips starred alongside Danny Masterson, in the 2009 drama The Bridge to Nowhere. She appeared as Lucy in three episodes of the Fox Network's comedy series Raising Hope.[9] The show premiered on September 1, 2010.

In 2011, she starred in the video for Broken Social Scene's song Sweetest Kill.[10]

During an interview about Dark Streets, she was asked about the idea of making an album in the future, and she said that "No. I love singing and writing, but right now, the record industry is a disaster. I have friends who’ve worked for years, and they’re so talented, but even if they have a best-selling album, there’s no money right now. They’re not exactly handing out lucrative recording contracts left and right; I think it would be very difficult to get one at all. I mean, I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard it would be very hard".[11]


Phillips has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Playboy, Missbehave, Stuff, and Nylon. She was on the cover of Interview magazine when she was 13, and shortly thereafter became the youngest model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue's Italian edition.[12] Phillips also became an image model for Calvin Klein and appeared in several advertising campaigns in which adolescents showed white underwear. The campaigns were widely condemned as eerily pedophilic.[3] In 2000, she was listed #88 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list.[13] Stuff magazine ranked her as #52 in their "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2007.

She said in one interview on modeling: "It was like, I wanted to go swimming in the ocean, but I was jumping up and down in a puddle."[12] It is said that the title of her album 'I'd Rather Eat Glass' is a reference to what she'd rather do than go back to modeling.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Phillips began dating That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson;[14] the couple met at a poker tournament in Las Vegas. They are both Scientologists.[15] The couple announced their engagement in March 2009.[16] They were married on October 18, 2011, in a private castle in Ireland.[17] On February 14, 2014, Phillips gave birth to their daughter, Fianna Francis Masterson.[18]

Masterson appeared alongside Phillips in an episode of Fox's Raising Hope in 2011.

On February 17, 2017, Masterson revealed that Phillips had been suffering from kidney disease for five years. She was born with small kidneys and had been battling the disease by living a stress-free life, eating a vegan diet, and getting dialysis. She suffered from a blood infection and was in need of a transplant.[19] On April 7, 2017, she received a kidney transplant.

In November 2017, actor Daniel Franzese alleged that Phillips had "ridiculed" him about his sexuality and weight, as well as physically assaulted him, on the set of Bully. Phillips subsequently apologized for her behavior.[20] That same month, actress Heather Matarazzo claimed that Phillips had held her against a wall and choked her shortly before filming for Hostel: Part II began.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sugar Town Autograph Girl N/A
Black and White Charlie N/A
2000 Almost Famous Estrella Starr N/A
2001 Fast Sofa Tracy N/A
Tart Delilah Milford N/A
Bully Ali Willis N/A
2003 Octane Backpacker N/A
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Helena Wankstein (voice) Video game
2004 The Door in the Floor Alice N/A
2005 Pancho's Pizza N/A Short film
Havoc Emily N/A
Venom Tammy N/A
The Outsider Herself Documentary
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lil' Cherry Episode: "Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye"
Totally Awesome Karelynn (uncredited) TV movie
2006 Friendly Fire The Lover N/A
2007 Spin Aubrey N/A
The Wizard of Gore Maggie N/A
Hostel: Part II Whitney Swerling N/A
What We Do Is Secret Lorna Doom N/A
2008 Chelsea on the Rocks Nancy Spungen Documentary
The Art of Travel Christina Layne N/A
Choke Ursula N/A
Dark Streets Crystal N/A
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Lauren Lamont N/A
Wake Carys Reitman N/A
Made for Each Other Marcy N/A
The Heart Is a Drum Machine Herself Documentary
The Bridge to Nowhere Jasper N/A
It's Alive Lenore Harker N/A
2010 Black Limousine Erica Long N/A
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Camille Episode: "Heihei"
2010–2013 Raising Hope Lucy Carlyle Recurring, 7 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dia Nobile Episode: "Vanity's Bonfire"



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  5. ^ Gallo, Phil (July 25, 2007). "What We Do Is Secret Review". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Waris In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead". 
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  13. ^ "2000 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. 
  14. ^ "Danny Masterson". E! Online. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. 
  15. ^ "Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips: LA Power Couple". Paper Magazine. January 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (March 16, 2009). "Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips are Engaged!". People. 
  17. ^ Garcia, Jennifer. "Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips Marry". Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips welcome daughter". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  19. ^ "Danny Masterson reveals wife Bijou Phillips has kidney disease". Fox News. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Bijou Phillips Accused of Body-Shaming, Homophobic Harassment by 'Bully' Co-Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  21. ^ "Actress Heather Matarazzo Tells Daniel Franzese That Bijou Phillips Once Strangled Her". Hornet. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  22. ^ Goldsmith, Belinda (May 25, 2007). "Actress Bijou Phillips is sick of being bad". Reuters. 

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