LeeLee Sobieski – Virgin Until Age 26May 11th, 2011 by WTM.org Community
I guess 26 is kind of old to lose your virginity, but it was important to me that I remained a virgin until after I was married. It wasn’t for any religious reasons or anything like that, but simply because, to me, my virginity was the most precious gift that I could ever give to a man, and I wanted to be sure I was giving it to the right man.
LeeLee Sobieski is not an actress; She is a writer, a painter, and a director who got pulled into acting for a little bit. She is known by her peers as being sweet, grounded, and highly, highly intelligent.
Born with a powerful mind and artistic soul, LeeLee has stuck to her own path in her career as well as her personal life, never wavering far from the vision she had for herself when she was a child to create, and to make her mark on the world.
While other young stars partied, LeeLee studied and read and painted. She didn’t do drugs, she didn’t watch MTV, she didn’t chase rock stars. Today, at only 28, LeeLee is already easing out of acting, and preparing to step behind the camera to start writing and directing, which is what she always wanted to do in the first place.
Born: June 10, 1982 in New York City to Elizabeth and Jean Sobieski, a writer and a painter who are deeply in love (and remain married to this day).
Ages 0-10: LeeLee has a happy, cultured childhood, spent in New York, with frequent visits to France with her parents and extended family. Although they were not particularly wealthy, LeeLee’s parents wanted her and her brother see the great artistic achievements of the world. A true idealist, young LeeLee dreams of becoming a writer like or mother, or a painter like her father.
Age 11: While eating lunch in her elementary school cafeteria, she is approached by a talent scout who’s trying to cast the role of Claudia for Interview with the Vampire. He hands her a card and asks her to come to his casting office with her parents.
Young LeeLee’s interest is peaked. She’d never considered acting before, but it sounds appealing (especially since her father is an actor). She almost lands the role of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, but loses narrowly to Kirsten Dunst. But she made a big enough impression on the casting directory that she soon lands her first acting role in the TV movie Reunion.
Age 13: Cast for the leading child role in A Horse for Danny (she plays Danny)
Age 14: First appearance in a mainstream sitcom on an episode of Grace Under Fire. In that same year, she gets her first first recurring character role as Jenny Grace in Charlie Grace (daughter of the main character, Charlie).
Age 15: First role in a major motion picture (Jungle 2 Jungle).
Age 16: Achieves wider fame with role in the asteroid blockbuster Deep Impact, where she plays Elija Wood’s girlfriend.
Age 17: Wins an Emmy for her performance as Joan D’Arc in the TV Movie Joan of Arc. She jokes that for the first time, Joan D’Arc (a virgin) will be played by an actress who is actually a virgin. Offered the role of the popular girl in “Never Been Kissed” with Drew Barrymore, but turns it down says she’d rather play the math nerd instead.
Age 19: After several more memorable supporting movie roles, she lands her first starring role in a major movie as Rudy Baker in the excellent thriller Glass House.
Age 26: Marries boyfriend Matt Davis in a secret wedding, something goes horribly wrong, and within a few months she has filed for divorce. In the wake of the Matt Davis catastrophe, she meets fashion designer Adam Kimmel and quickly falls in love.
Age 27-28: After officially announcing that they are dating in January, seven months later Leelee and Adam Kimmel are in engaged. She soon gives birth to daughter in December. She marries Adam officially the following August. Her brief marriage to Matt Davis is all but forgotten. In every article, on every website, and in every interview in the years since, only Adam Kimmel is mentioned and recognized as LeeLee’s only love. And for all it matters now, he is.
Interesting Facts about LeeLee
- “LeeLee” is just a nickname she was given as a child. Her full name is Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta, but (in her own words) “[Liliane] was a little too serious and formal for a little girl. So they called me Leelee.”
- She is the great, great, great, great niece of King John III Sobieski, king of Poland.
- She sometimes paints with her father. They will each take one side of the canvas, and try to pain pictures that meet in the middle and still maintain cohesiveness.
What her peers say about her.
Leelee is smart, but, like, way smart. –Michael O’Keefe, actor in The Glass House
I cast LeeLee because because all the other actresses weren’t thinking. –Stanley Kubrick
[LeeLee is] a woman-child who combines intensely analytical intelligence and sophistication with a dewy face and voluptuous body –Los Angeles Magazine
I’m crazy about her. I know it sounds funny coming from an old guy talking about a younger woman, but when you spend time with Leelee, age doesn’t hang around for very long. Pretty soon you’re engaged and having a conversation, and it’s just like two adults talking. Then her parents show up and take her home, and you go, “Oh, that’s right.” –Albert Brooks