Melissa Mars is an international actress and singer-songwriter. She received major notices in the United States and around the globe after appearing alongside John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love, produced by Luc Besson (Nikita), having her song Beautiful be included in Coca-Cola's 52 Songs of Happiness worldwide campaign, and her award-winning performance in the horror comedy The Cabining.
She is well-known in France for her pop music career, 3 albums released with Universal Music, and featurings among which 1980 reached number 5 in the charts and for her leading role in the successful musical Mozart the Rock Opera, a smash hit with more than 1,500,000 tickets sold.
She took 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, located in southern France. At 16 she moved to Paris with her single mother and continued acting in the theater while pursuing a curriculum of math and science at the top-rated Lycée Louis-Le-Grand high school. After graduation Melissa decided it was time to dedicate herself to her passion. The Stage led the way to cinema, and she made her film debut in the Laurent Heynemann French feature, One Way Ticket, alongside other established French actors. It was around this time that a shift towards music took place. During a fateful meeting with a film director, she caught the ear of a songwriter & music producer who happened to be nearby. After he contacted Melissa’s agent to audition her voice, she quickly began a career path as a singer-songwriter, partnering with her mother, a writer and poet, to co-author lyrics. Within a few short years she had produced and released three albums with Polydor - Universal Music as well as several duets and featured performances. Among those pairings, she sang on and released "Les Homericains" with Lara Fabian, who has sold over 20 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling Belgian-born female artist of all time. In 2006, Melissa also appeared on the hit single "1980" alongside Pascal Obispo, an established French pop-star and successful songwriter for many well-known vocalists (Johnny Hallyday, Patricia Kaas). Their duet “1980" reached number 5 in the charts.
In 2009 she combined 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 played 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 came back in full swing, beginning with a high-profile appearance in the Super Bowl spot for From Paris with Love alongside John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Five more American feature films followed in less than a year, in which she co-starred with the likes of Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), David Proval (Mean Streets, The Sopranos) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch, X-Men)... In 2014 Melissa began studying Arabic again, one of five languages she speaks besides French, English, Spanish, and German, for her leading role as a spy on a new TV show, Khamsa, which combines action, comedy and supernatural genres and also gave 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 shot in Iraq. Interrupted by the events with ISIS in Iraq, the shooting is planned to resume in March 2015.
In 2014, Coca-Cola has come calling, including her bossa nova infused song Beautiful in it’s 52 Songs of Happiness campaign, which sought to bring attention to interesting artists from across the globe. In november 2014, her role in The Cabining garnered a best supporting actress award at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival of San Diego, CA.
Currently Melissa is effortlessly moving between the worlds of music and film, and she appears regularly on the fashion pages of international magazines (France, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, USA...) She's starred in several features soon to be released, has reunited with the cast of Mozart for symphonic concert tours (more than 60 musiciens on tour) through Ukraine, Russia, Tunisia, and France, and contributed songs and music to films she's acted in…