Matthias Schoenaerts was kicked out of a film school for exhibiting sluggish and lazy traits. Today, he is vastly admired for his astounding performances as an actor, especially in his country Belgium; although he has also gained the attention of the world. This actor is a co-owner of Hakuna Casting, a Belgian casting agency that supports diversity. He partly owes his success to his lineage as he grew up under the tutelage of his father Julien Schoenaerts, a legendary actor who died in September 2006.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium on December 8, 1977, Matthias made his acting debut in a stage production opposite his father when he was only 9 years old. His mother Dominique Wiche was a French teacher, translator, and costume designer.
It is worthy to note that the celebrated actor worked towards being a soccer player, he was even a part of a professional team known as Beerschot AC. But then, he abandoned the career path when he was 16. Schoenaerts completed his studies at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2003.
The Early Days of Matthias Schoenaerts’ Acting Career
Schoenaerts’ debut movie, Daens (1992), was nominated for the Academy Award under Best Foreign Language Film. It earned him a lot of recognition in his country and by the time his breakthrough movie titled Bullhead was released in 2011, a lot of people were already enthusiastic about the good-looking actor.
He appeared mostly in Belgian films like Any Way the Wind Blows (2003), A Message from Outer Space (2004), Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), and The Gang of Oss (2011). Matthias Schoenaerts shot into the international scene after he played Anthony Scarfo in 2014’s thriller, Blood Ties (2014).
Check Out His Latest Projects
From playing a mentally challenged man in Love Belongs to Everyone (2006) to a cattle farmer addicted to steroids in Bullhead (2011), and an impulsive drifter making a living out of illegal bare-knuckle fights in Rust and Bone (2012); Matthias Schoenaerts has proved his versatility and this has made him one of the most sought after actors in the industry.
His latest works include the spy blockbuster Red Sparrow (2018), 2019’s The Laundromat, A Hidden Life, and The Mustang in which his performance as an inmate learning to break wild horses earned him critical acclaims.
The multi-talented actor has several projects underway, including The Last Planet, where he plays the disciple Peter in a retelling of the story of Jesus. There is also The Old Guard and The Sound of Philadelphia.
Reception and Criticism of His Works
The Belgian actor has bagged several prestigious awards and numerous commendations. For instance, the European Film Promotion named him one of Europe’s Shooting Stars in 2003. Disregarding this, he has received other notable recognitions for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Matthias Schoenaerts has starred in several Oscar-nominated films such as Bullhead, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; the Academy Award-winning film The Danish Girl, and the Belgian short film Death of a Shadow, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film. He has received the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor, Palm Springs International Film Festival FIPRESCI Award, Magritte Award, Flanders Film Award, and AFI Fest New Auteur’s Critic Prize.
Matthias is also a fine graffiti artist and an excellent movie producer. In 2015, France honored him as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. The New York Times in 2012 described him as “the most versatile beefcake actor of our time”. He is often regarded as the Belgian Brando and has been compared to Marlon Brando.
Is Matthias Schoenaerts Dating Anyone?
His current relationship status is not known but he had a wonderful affair with a woman in Antwerp, a practicing lawyer named Alexandra Schouteden.
The two reportedly started dating in 2012 and were like an old married couple: living happily together with their two kittens, flooding the social media with romantic photos, and going everywhere together; they attended the Rust and Bone screening in New York City in 2012.
From all indications, Matthias Schoenaerts was very happy with the lawyer. He appeared to be uninterested in any other woman throughout his romance with Alexandra. Even the normal rumors and controversies that are usually associated with celebrities like him were absent in their relationship.
Unfortunately, they ran out of passion. While we may want to believe they might still be dating secretly, we can’t deny it’s most likely they have parted ways. The actor hasn’t said much about his love life of late; hardly can anyone authenticate anything about him in that regard.