Pom Klementieff will be appearing at Awesome Con on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Pom Klementieff was born in Quebec City, Quebec, to a Korean mother and French-Russian father, who was working there as a consul with the French government. She had an older brother, Namou, who committed suicide. Her parents chose the name “Pom” because it is similar in pronunciation to the Korean words for both “spring” and “tiger”. Klementieff lived in Canada for one year before her family traveled extensively due to her father’s job, and she lived in Japan and the Ivory Coast before settling in France. Klementieff later said that traveling at an early age gave her a “gypsy soul”.
Klementieff’s father died of cancer when she was 5, and her mother was schizophrenic and unable to care for children, so Klementieff was raised by her paternal uncle and aunt. Her uncle, whom she described as “like my second father”, died on her 18th birthday. Klementieff briefly attended law school after her uncle’s death to appease her aunt but did not find the career path appealing. She also worked as a waitress and saleswoman in France. She started acting at age 19 at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris. A few months into her education, she won a theater competition that awarded her free classes for two years with the school’s top teachers.
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