25-year-old Bianca Van Varenberg (her father’s original name), and known professionally as Bianca Bree is the daughter of Van Damme and ex-bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues.
Five years ago she appeared alongside her father at a film premier, but since that time has been largely silent, until now.
Dad and director Jean-Claude is best for his martial arts skill and roles in films like Bloodsport and Timecop, but his daughter Bianca is also an aspiring actress, having appeared in some of her father’s films.
In 2011, for the reality series, Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, Bree spoke about how growing up with a famous father has impacted her life.
‘I shy away from a lot of people because I don’t want them to know my life and personal issues. I just have a couple friends who are close and that is it’, she said.
Bree fell into acting by accident however when she was on set with her father and a kid was needed for a scene.
‘It just happened. I did a few films with my father then the director of UFO saw me on my father’s reality show and cast me. I just went along with it. My first role was in a film my father was doing. They needed a kid, I was on set, so they gave it to me,’ she said in 2012.
She’s since co-starred in six of Jean-Claude’s films and even co-produced a couple of them.
These days she can be seen showing off her flexible body – an ability she inherited from both of her parents.
‘I want to show little girls and little boys that you can be physical and feminine. That you can cross your legs at the dinner table and then kick ass in a nice, feminine way,’ she told the New York Post. ‘Kind of like how my father brought martial arts to the mainstream for my generation — I want to continue that legacy.’
If you ask me, I’d say Bianca certainly is feminine in a “kick ass” way. How about you?
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