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Her last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-teh) means "powerful" in Italian and Spanish.
Education: Otto Falckenberg School, Munich; Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.
Her father is a teacher.
Graduated from high-school (German Gymnasium) in 1994.
Says she was discovered as an actress in a public restroom. She was in a bar when she noticed she was constantly stared at by some woman. She decided to leave but went to the restroom before. The woman followed her and again stared at her through the mirror. Suddenly she asked "How would you describe yourself in one sentence?". Turns out she was a casting agent.
Has a brother who is three years younger and was very sick when he was born. She says she always was very jealous on the way he was cosseted and that was why she often behaved like a clown and arranged performances to get more attention, and that this was why she decided to become an actress.
Tom Tykwer wrote Lola rennt (1998) specifically for her, with the intention of casting her as Lola.
In spring 2002, she broke up with longtime boyfriend Tom Tykwer.
Knows how to fence.
Disliked the strict fitness regimen and diet that were required for Bourne Identity, The (2002).
Has occasionally shaved off her hair after filming movies because she has wanted time to get her "real" hair back (as it is dyed or bleached so often for roles)