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Diane Kruger Gets Uber-Sexy For Manhattan Magazine's March Issue

February 27th, 2013 10:03pm EST

Diane Kruger Manhattan Magazine Diane Kruger opens up about how her early dreams of becoming a ballerina, landing a top modeling gig, and her struggle to win the role of Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds in the new issue of Modern Luxury Manhattan Magazine.

"By 11, I realized I didn't have the talent to be a prima ballerina; I was getting curvier, and it was getting harder for me to keep up with the other girls, no matter how hard I worked," the 36-year-old German star says. "That's a pretty sucky thing to find out."

Shortly after her realization she began modeling, winning the Elite Look of the Year in Germany and landing in Paris at age 15 on the advice of a scout in the US.

The move paid off, and in less than three years fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld discovered her.

"Before then I had never been called pretty," Diane says. "It was huge to be financially independent, and I loved the travel."

But her biggest struggle came while trying to land the role of von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated film -- a role she desperately wanted.

"What's especially frustrating is when a script comes along that you love, with a part you feel was written for you, and the director won't even see you," she says. "Then [Tarantino] made me wait two weeks before he called."

The actress stars in the upcoming sci-fi/horror flick The Host, opening March 29.

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