Known for her screenwriting and directorial work on Polisse (2011), Pardonnez-Moi (2006), and Le Bal des Actrices (2008), Maïwenn (born Maïwenn Le Besco) also had a career as an actress, appearing in a number of French films of the 1980s, '90s, and early 2000s.
During her teenage years, she acted in the 1983 film L'été meurtrier (English title: One Deadly Summer).
She wrote and performed two solo theatrical pieces based on her experiences as a child actress: I'm an Actress and Le Pois Chiche.
At the age of sixteen, she married producer and director
She appeared in her then-husband's film, The Fifth Element, alongside her husband's future wife, Milla Jovovich.