International actress and French singer-songwriter, Melissa Mars received major notice in the United States and around the world after appearing alongside John Travolta in From Paris With Love produced by Luc Besson (Nikita, Lucy), winning a best supporting actress award for her performance in The Cabining, and having her song “Beautiful” be included in Coca-Cola's "52 Songs of Happiness" worldwide music compilation.
She is well-known in France for her pop music career. She released 3 solo albums with Universal Music, and featured on many duets, including "1980" which reached number 5 in the charts. She is also well known for her leading role in the successful musical Mozart the Rock Opera, a smash hit with more than 1,500,000 tickets sold.
She takes her first steps onto the stage, performing works in both French and English, at the young age of 13 in her southern French hometown of Marseilles. She also starts to write and film anything and everything that attracts her eye and excites her imagination.
At 16 she moves to Paris with her single mother and continues acting in the theater while pursuing a curriculum of math and science at the top-rated Lycée Louis-Le-Grand. After graduation Melissa decides it is time to dedicate herself to her passion. The stage leads the way to cinema, and she makes her film debut in the Laurent Heynemann feature, One Way Ticket. It is around this time that a shift towards music takes place. During a fateful meeting with a film director, she catches the ear of a songwriter & music producer. After she auditions for him, she quickly begins a career path as a singer-songwriter, partnering with Lilas Klif, her mother, a writer and poet, to co-author lyrics. Within a few short years, she produces and releases three solo albums with Polydor - Universal Music as well as several duets and featured hit performances, among which the hit single 1980 reaching number 5 in the charts.
As a self-taught artist, in 2007, she starts to officially direct her music videos (LOVE MACHINE, ARMY OF LOVE…) and short films. In November 2007, she exhibits in Paris a series of photographs Children of China to promote children’s rights during the whole month following the International Children’s day. The exhibition of her photographs printed on giant canvas of nearly 6 feet long, is praised in both Elle magazine and Metro Daily.
In 2009 she combines her vocal and acting talents for a leading role in the hit rock musical, Mozart The Rock Opera, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the Oscar winning film, La Vie en Rose. She plays the role of Aloysia for an astounding 346 shows in front of over 1,500,000 spectators, resulting in three NRJ Music Awards, a diamond record (over 700,000 sales), and a 3D movie filmed by FX guru Mark Weingartner (The Matrix, Inception).
After the musical, Melissa’s acting career comes back in full swing, beginning with a high-profile appearance in the Super Bowl spot for From Paris with Love alongside John Travolta. Five more American feature films follow in less than a year, in which she stars alongside the likes of Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), David Proval (Mean Streets, The Sopranos), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, X-Men)...
In 2014, Coca-Cola comes calling, including her bossa nova infused song Beautiful in it’s 52 Songs of Happiness compilation.
In November 2014, her role in The Cabining garners a best supporting actress award at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival of San Diego, CA.
Melissa uses her fluency in Arabic, one of five languages she speaks besides French, English, Spanish, and German, for her series regular role as a spy on a new TV show, Khamsa, which combines action, comedy and supernatural genres and which also gives Melissa the opportunity to train and perform her own fighting scenes – no stunt double! She is also one of the leads in The Curse of Mesopotamia, the first international feature film shot in Kurdistan, Iraq! As she likes to say: "Because Music, Cinema and Art in general... have no borders, no religion! " The movie is interrupted by the events with ISIS in Iraq, the shooting resumes and wraps six months later in Jordan.
Melissa Mars has been traveling between Los Angeles, New York and Paris, moving between the worlds of music and film. In 2018, she just had her American TV debut on Lifetime in Deadly Delusions, a thriller alongside Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite) and Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The Fosters...). Several other projects are soon to be released, among which the four-part series TEXAS ZOMBIE WARS; and for the first time, Melissa explores a pure comedic character in PUZZLED, an upcoming original series that features “Hors La Loi” an original song of hers in the opening titles. When she’s not on set or in the studio, Melissa dedicates her time to writing and her other passion: the photography.
To be continued...