Leelee Sobieski is perhaps best known for her statuesque appearance and her willingness to take on provocative, often challenging roles. At only 13, for example, she appeared in Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick's controversial film examining sexual deviancy in the modern American marriage. Her brief, but memorable scene, set her up as not only a formidable actress, but a budding sex symbol. Ironically, however, it is not Sobieski's body but her mind and spirit that have truly made her stand out among her peers.
Sobieski didn't intend to become and actress; rather, she had visions of herself taking after her mother and becoming a writer, or perhaps following in her father's footsteps and becoming an artist. She only became interested in acting after she was approached by a casting agent. Even then, Sobieski didn't let show business interfere with what really mattered, attending Brown to further her education.
Unlike many child actresses, Sobieski isn't known for her partying or wild encounters. While working on films, she spent her spare time reading, painting, and preparing herself for the next phase of her career-behind the camera. In fact, Sobieski willingly admits that, in contrast to her on-screen image, she was a virgin until age 26. Additionally, although her first marriage to Matt Davis ended in divorce, she is now working with husband Adam Kimmel to develop a solid family life for their daughter, Louisanna.
In the end, Leelee Sobieski represents the kind of old Hollywood class and charm that many young actresses only dream of. Her intelligence, determination, and convictions have helped build a her strong reputation as more than a pretty face. As Kubrick said, "I cast LeeLee because because all the other actresses weren’t thinking."