Diane Kruger starred as German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark in the critically-acclaimed World War II movie, directed by Tarantino. The film followed a team of Jewish soldiers going undercover to bring down the Nazi party.
While promoting her latest film “The 355” on “Reign,” Kruger told the host that Tarantino initially did not want her to be part of the movie.
He auditioned everyone,” the 45-year-old actress said. “He didn’t want to audition me because he saw a film that I was in that he didn’t like. So he didn’t believe in me from the get-go. Literally, the only reason he auditioned me is that there was no one left to audition.”
Kruger further said “I had to pay for my own flight from New York to go to Germany because he wouldn’t, even though, obviously, he’s American, but he wouldn’t see me in the US,” Kruger continued. “So I had to jump through all these hoops that definitely put my nose out of joint, but I was like, ‘You know what? Fuck him! I’m just gonna do that and prove to him that I can do it.'”
Kruger herself was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. She also won a SAG Award for the cast’s outstanding performance in a motion picture.
She added: “And thankfully it all worked out but sometimes it just seems so unfair and you’ve gotta change the narrative.” Kruger then said that this moment was a “lesson” for Tarantino to not put “people in boxes.”