Catrioina BalfeBorn in the Irish countryside, 36-year-old Catrioina Balfe began her career in the spotlight as an international runway model, walking for the likes of Michael Kors, Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga, before she was bitten by the acting bug and headed west to LA to try her luck on the silver screen. It wasn’t long before she landed the lead on the STARZ hit TV show "Outlander," which helped her nab a role in "Money Monster," which premieres tomorrow night at the Grand Palais. The film follows Lee Gates, a wealthy financial talk show host (George Clooney), who is held hostage on his live TV show by a man who lost his entire life’s savings after falling victim to a corporate financial scheme that Clooney promoted on his show. Balfe plays the financial company’s communications director who has a moral awakening halfway through the film, when she realizes the extent of her boss’s deceit and her role as a cog in the American money wheel. For her audition, director Jodie Foster had Balfe embrace her Irish heritage, and asked her to read in her natural Irish accent. “Originally I auditioned with an American accent, but she wanted me to do it in my Irish one, to show how my character probably didn’t come from much, how she had to work her way up, like the image of the American dream.”
Caitriona Balfe wears a Louis Vuitton dress.
Photo by Victoria Stevens. Styled by Tara Swennen and Louis Vuitton. Hair by Marcus Francis at Starworks, makeup by Mary Wiles at the Wall Group. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee. Text: Gillian Sagansky.