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Approach her with caution! Jean Claude Van Damme's daughter is a chip off the old martial arts block

Bianca Bree, 25, grew up in the film industry watching her father, martial artist/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme preform on sets all over the world 

She also is extremely athletic due to her mother, ex-bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues

Despite not using her father's last name initially, she has since had a change of heart

These days, she is pursuing a career in acting while showing off her flexibility through Instagram postings 

With Jean Claude Van Damme as her father - potential suitors may want to think carefully about approaching this pretty brunette.

25-year-old Bianca Van Varenberg (her father's original name), and known professionally as Bianca Bree is the daughter of Van Damme and ex-bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues.

Five years ago she appeared alongside her father at a film premier, but since that time has been largely silent, until now. 

In 2012, she had said that she wanted to make it on her own and not use her father's last name, but four years on, her views appear to have completely changed and she now appears happy to embrace the perks that name-recognition affords. 

'I don't want to be a shadow of my dad. That's what these celebrity kids are, really – shadows of their parents. I'd rather go through struggles than have it easy. I'm going for auditions,' she told Metro a couple of year ago.

'It's complicated,' she says. 'I always have people coming up and telling me how much they love my dad. It's nice to hear, but it's like…what does that have to do with me?' she said in a recent interview. 

Dad and director Jean-Claude is best for his martial arts skill and roles in films like Bloodsport and Timecop, but his daughter Bianca is also an aspiring actress, having appeared in some of her father's films. 

His name did not always mean success however. In the 1990s, Jean-Claude admitted he was hooked on a drug habit taking 10 grams of cocaine a day.

There were fights with paparazzi and he was reportedly in a huge amount of debt.

He underwent several rounds of rehab and was diagnosed as bipolar before finally getting clean.

Bree meanwhile, stayed out of the limelight until she appeared on the big screen alongside her dad in 2008 for The Shepherd: Border Patrol as the daughter of Van Damme's character, Jacques Robideaux. She has since also held roles in 2012's Soldiers and 2011's Assassination Games as Anna Flint.

In 2011, for the reality series, Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, Bree spoke about how growing up with a famous father has impacted her life.

'I shy away from a lot of people because I don't want them to know my life and personal issues. I just have a couple friends who are close and that is it', she said.

Bree fell into acting by accident however when she was on set with her father and a kid was needed for a scene.

'It just happened. I did a few films with my father then the director of UFO saw me on my father's reality show and cast me. I just went along with it. My first role was in a film my father was doing. They needed a kid, I was on set, so they gave it to me,' she said in 2012.

She's since co-starred in six of Jean-Claude's films and even co-produced a couple of them. 

These days she can be seen showing off her flexible body - an ability she inherited from both of her parents. 

'I want to show little girls and little boys that you can be physical and feminine. That you can cross your legs at the dinner table and then kick ass in a nice, feminine way,' she told the New York Post. 'Kind of like how my father brought martial arts to the mainstream for my generation — I want to continue that legacy.' 

It's an interesting u-turn for the pretty brunette considering she spent her childhood telling her dad, who was known as 'the Muscles from Brussels,' and her mom who was a bodybuilding champion, that she 'hated' martial arts.

The Van Dammes have had their own ups and downs however. The Bloodsport actor was previously divorced from Gladys back in 1992 before they remarried seven years later; then in March of last year she filed for their second divorce, but then appeared to call it off.

During an interview in 2015, the actor suggested things were back on track, citing 'love' and family obligations for inspiring a reconciliation with the mother of his two children.

'The JCVD family is still strong,' the film action hero said. 'The kids are strong, the wife is strong. There's so much divorce around the world and it's very bad for the children.'

Bianca, who now lives in New York's West Village used to dream of being a speed-skater and to take part in the Olympics, but an injury forced her to reconsider.

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