Killer Elite’s Yvonne Strahovski
Australiaâ€™s hottest Hollywood star, Yvonne Strahovski, has Robert De Niro and Jason Statham seeing stars in the action flick Killer Elite
HOMETOWN: Sydney, NSW.
BIRTHDAY: July 30, 1982.
PARTY SPOT: Las Vegas. â€śI get bored gambling, but I love dancing. Last time I went I pulled an all-nighter.â€ť
SIGNATURE DRINK: â€śTequila on the rocks with a splash of fresh pineapple juice and fresh lime.â€ť
TIME WASTER: Angry Birds. â€śIâ€™m obsessed. I have all my watermelons and three stars in all the seasons, which I think is impressive.â€ť
GUILTY PLEASURE: [TV show about childrenâ€™s beauty pageants] Toddlers & Tiaras. â€śItâ€™s pretty educational... Thatâ€™s my way of justifying it.â€ť
LAST MEAL: â€śSugar cookies, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and a jar of Nutella. Just a mass hit of sugar.â€ť
There are precious few actresses with the acting and action chops to stand up to big boys Robert De Niro and Jason Statham. Yvonne Strahovski is one of them. Playing a farm girl who gets caught up in a web of violence in Killer Elite, she adds some much-needed sexiness to an otherwise testosterone-heavy movie. Yvonne, who left Australia to play a dorky spyâ€™s CIA contact in TV show Chuck, has more than just looks and talent. Just check out her three-in-one parody of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha on the College Humor comedy website to witness the dazzling, down-to-earth Aussieâ€™s (literally â€“ sheâ€™s from Sydneyâ€™s beachside suburb Maroubra) sick sense of humour
They say youâ€™ve only truly made it in Hollywood if you call Robert De Niro â€śBob.â€ť Did you?
Iâ€™ve called him Bob, so I guess Iâ€™ll tick that one off the bucket list.
How was meeting him?
I just knocked on his trailer door and there he was! I felt like a kid in a candy store â€“ I couldnâ€™t wipe the smile off my face.
Is Jason Statham a total badarse?
No, heâ€™s not Mr Tough Guy or anything. Heâ€™s not ready to punch someone at all times.
As far as love interests go, you could do worse than him.
Yes, you certainly could! But we sort of had a brother-sister thing going on, which is gross, because we play lovers in Killer Elite.
Clive Owen also stars, although we were more interested in his LOL-worthy moustache than his performance. Weâ€™ve gotta know: Do women dig a mo?
I could be wrong, but I donâ€™t know if the females dig the moustache. And this is one of those, you know, especially â€™80s moustaches.
Your character works on a farm. Is that how you grew up?
Yes and no. I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, but I spent lots of time in the bush, hiking and rock climbing and running around. So those scenes were very much in my comfort zone.
When you talk about â€śthe bushâ€ť do Americans make cracks about needing a Brazilian wax?
Or an anti-Brazilianâ€¦
Thought so. Moving on, whatâ€™s the biggest stereotype youâ€™ve encountered about Australians?
People think there are kangaroos hopping around in the city, which, as you know, isnâ€™t the case. They do, but only inâ€¦ the bush. Thereâ€™s that word again! Iâ€™m really not trying to carry on the joke, but the thing I miss most about Australia is the bush.
Youâ€™d better be careful, because thatâ€™s gonna be the quote that ends up right next to your picture.
Oh, no! OK, I miss the â€śAustralian forestâ€ť. Howâ€™s that?
Much better. What else do you miss about your homeland?
I love Tim Tams but Iâ€™m not eating sugar these days, so I canâ€™t have them. There are so many Australian chocolates that I love but I canâ€™t eat anymore. I live vicariously when I come home â€“ I watch people eat them. Or Iâ€™ll sniff them to get my fix. Wow, this interview is sounding worse and worse. All Iâ€™m talking about is sniffing and bush.
How is it sounding worse? You kick butt on Chuck, the TV show about a geek-turned-spy. Do you have a martial arts background?
Not really, but I was a dancer from five till about 18, and it helps you remember the choreography. I did have to strengthen my moves a bit so they werenâ€™t so balletic.
It looks like a pretty fun role to play.
Yeah, Chuck is a comedy-action-drama-romance, and I feel like I get to play one of the best female characters on TV.
Have you ever gotten any strange gifts from overzealous fans?
I once got sent an MP3 player with Bible movies on it.
Yeah. It was accompanied by a Bible as well, I think. Iâ€™ve also received some pretty interesting poetry. Like, nine pages of typed rhyming poetry from someone who was in love with me â€“ and also an American football team. So the poetry would alternate between me and then the football team and then me againâ€¦
Creepy! However, anyone who can rhyme with Strahovski must be pretty skilled. On Chuck, you fall for a geek. Is that what you like or are you more about the Statham-esque types?
Iâ€™m into a mix of both. I like a suave dude with some geek.
You did a great boozy puke when you played Ke$ha in that College Humor video last year. Was that from experience?
No, Iâ€™m not really big on the throwing-up thing. I have a trick before it gets to that level, and that is to eat bread. If Iâ€™m feeling a little woozy, it makes everything better.
Keeping with K-E-dollar sign-HA, are you a fan of pop tunes?
Theyâ€™re my favourite. Anything I can sing along to â€“ you know, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, all that stuff. When I dance, I do this thing called the Scissor Move, which is hard to explain but itâ€™s like a simultaneous body roll with rotating scissor arm movements. My feet stay planted, though.
Youâ€™re right, that is hard to explain. Anyway, your family is from Poland and you can speak fluent Polish. Have you ever been wooed in your native tongue?
Iâ€™ve spent enough time there for it to have happened but I canâ€™t say Iâ€™ve ever been picked-up in Polish.
For shame, Polish brothers. Have a go!
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