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Famke Janssen Says Her Jean Grey Days Are Over

One of the highlights of the X-Men movie franchise has been Famke Janssen’s portrayal of Jean Grey. She found the perfect balance of Jean’s struggles with her telepathic abilities, ignorance of the deep powers within herself and ultimate take over of The Phoenix.

Recently at Denver Comic Con, Janssen said she thinks her time as Jean Grey is sadly over.

“It’s the gift that keeps on, kept on giving,” Janssen said. “I think we’re done, but it was really great while it lasted and it lasted for a long time. It’s been nothing but a pleasure working not just as Jean Grey, which was such an honor because comics were so fantastic already, but then the entire cast who I got to play with, all my fellow actors, thespians who are so talented. It was just a wonderful experience. I’m very grateful.”


Sophie Turner took over as the teenage Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse. Source: Digital Spy

In addition to the original X-Men trilogy, Janssen’s Jean has appeared in The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Working in all these movies allowed her to interact with every major character and actor in the franchise.

“That was so amazing. I never knew – I don’t think any of us had any understanding of how popular our first movie was going to be and that it was gonna live on for 15 plus years,” Janssen said. “And then I certainly didn’t realize – I mean I knew Jean Grey could turn into Dark Phoenix, obviously, and that Phoenix rises from the ashes, but the fact that as Jean Grey or the Phoenix they’ve killed me, I’ve come back, I’m like a cockroach. They can’t get rid of me.”

While she thinks she’s done being Jean, considering the character’s “cockroach” status, Janssen is open to returning.

“Jean Grey is a part of me. I would definitely come back to play her whenever they ask me.”

In the young X-Men films Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey and it’s assumed her character will be the main focus of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which opens November 2, 2018.


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