Flora Cross (born January 11, 1993) is a French-American actress.

Personal life

Cross was born in Paris, France. Her father, Joseph Cross, is a journalist. Flora is Jewish.[1] She has traveled extensively with her family, most recently back to France to finish her degree. She graduated from La Sorbonne where she received her BA in Socologie. She currently resides in Jacmel, Haiti where she is a teacher. Her two brothers are also actors (Eli Marienthal and Harley Cross). Cross attended French schools since childhood (Lycée français de New York), and speaks French, Spanish and English fluently. During high school, she switched to the American school system and attended a private school in Los Angeles' Westside. She graduated from New Roads School in 2012. She attended Sarah Lawrence for a year and is currently in California attending West Los Angeles College and plans to transfer to University of California Los Angeles where she plans on becoming a teacher.

Acting career

Cross played the lead role of Eliza in the 2005 film Bee Season, opposite Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Max Minghella. She auditioned for the part shortly before moving to Argentina, where she was living when offered the role. "My manager sent the tape in, and then I was called in for an audition that was very long and very tiring," recalls the actor. "It went on for five hours. Two weeks later I was told I got the part".[2]

Her next role was playing the eccentric daughter of Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in director Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding. She worked alongside actors such as Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, John Turturro, and fellow teen actor Zane Pais.

Cross plays the co-starring role of Cynthia in the film "Chlorine", written and directed by Jay Alaimo. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio as Cynthia's troubled parents, and Ryan Donowho as her eccentric brother.


"The performance by Flora Cross is haunting in its seriousness. She doesn't act out; she acts in. " Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun TImes[2]

"When FLORA CROSS landed her first role in 2005's Bee Season, it was alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche. For her role in Margot At The Wedding, an off-color domestic dramedy directed by Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale), Cross shares screen-time with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black. Not too shabby for a 14-year-old, huh?"[3]

"With the help of clear direction and some excellent acting, especially from Flora Cross in a memorable debut as Eliza, Bee Season is affecting in ways that movies have all but given up trying to be." Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times[4]

"The beating heart of the Naumann family is Eliza (the wonderful Flora Cross), a doleful beauty with bottomless eyes that flutter closed whenever she spells out a word. " Manohla Dargis, The New York Times[5]

"Flora Cross blooms in Season " JANE STEVENSON - Toronto Sun [6]

Flora Cross is featured in Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Issue.[7]

Her first brush with the public eye occurred as an infant, when she appeared in Vogue Bambini.


Year Title Character
2005 Bee Season Eliza
2007 Margot At The Wedding Ingrid
2013 Chlorine Cynthia


Year Awards Group Film Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Bee Season Nominated
2006 Critics' Choice Award Best Young Actress Bee Season Nominated
2007 Gotham Award Best Ensemble Cast Margot At The Wedding Nominated


  1. ^ "Flora Cross". Jewogle. 1993-01-11. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
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  3. ^ [2] Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "Entertainment - entertainment, movies, tv, music, celebrity, Hollywood - latimes.com - latimes.com". Calendarlive.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  5. ^ "God Spells? School Champion Puts Cabala Theory to the Test". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-07. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists - Cross, Flora : Flora Cross blooms in Season". Jam.canoe.ca. 2005-11-10. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ Waterman, Lauren. "Young Hollywood". TeenVogue.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07.