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Oona was born in Madrid, but spent half of every year of her childhood in Switzerland, where Charlie Chaplin had settled for tax purposes. She is a mix of Chilean and European ancestry. English is Chaplin’s third language, after Spanish and French. She learned English in New York and speaks with a non-specific Americanized accent.
Growing up, she studied ballet, salsa and flamenco and attended boarding school at Gordonstoun in Scotland. “I made a lot of naughty mistakes when I was there, but it was a beautiful rite of passage and I never got homesick; I’ve always found that if I stay in one place for too long, I need to leave.” She graduated in 2007 from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Aside from “Game of Thrones,” Oona Chaplin has appeared in “Sherlock,” “The Hour” and “MI-5,” among other projects. She said, “Watching yourself on screen is always a little weird.”
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Oona said, “I’m the child of the future…I think that’s the way it should be – being from millions of different places and traveling – it’s the best education. I don’t buy things now, I buy plane tickets. The only thing I want is to make enough money to be able to travel with my children.”
Her great-grandfather was Nobel Prize-winning Eugene O’Neill. Oona was named after her grandmother, the daughter of Eugene.
Fame runs in her family: her grandparent was the uber-famous Charlie Chaplin. “When people say ‘Charlie Chaplin,” I still think now of the guy in the moustache and bowler hat and funny walk – I don’t think of an old man who was my grandfather. I never met him, which probably adds to the confusion. There are moments, even now, when I sort of go ‘Whoa…my blood has some of that in it? It’s amazing, but it kind of freaks me out sometimes” (independent.co.uk).
Oona Chaplin admits to being a clean freak. “I like to put on some uncomfortably loud reggae-Cuban music and get down with my bad self and my hoover.” She is irritated most by people with no imagination; her favorite things are: laughing, running, hugs, the end of a really good film and sunshine.
Oona considers herself a nomad and moves around a lot.
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