VANITY FAIR – Asked which of two famous jewellery scenes she would choose to act out, Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian-French actress of Quantum of Solace fame, has no doubts. When the options are Kate Winslet’s Rose in Titanic wearing nothing but the famous Heart of the Ocean blue diamond while Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack sketched her, or Julia Roberts’ Vivian yelping as Richard Gere’s Edward jokingly snapped a jewellery box at her hand in Pretty Woman, it would definitely be the latter. “I’m a huge fan of both actresses,” Kurylenko told us. “But I would have preferred to play the Julia Roberts part because it’s more fun and it’s more me. She is just so fresh and full of joy but at the same time a little clumsy. I love that.”
Kurylenko, who we’ll see next as Agent Ophelia in Johnny English Strikes Again (out October 5), and in Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited comedy The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (release date as yet unconfirmed) is anything but clumsy in real life. She’s effortlessly elegant, even when having her earlobes weighed down with enormous rocks, including one pair that required its own support system for fear of tearing straight through her skin. “Red-carpet jewellery is very important to me,” she reveals. “As it either completes the look, if chosen right, or totally spoils it if it doesn’t go with the whole outfit. It also usually adds a lovely sparkle to everything—the right earrings, for example, can really light up the face.”
And if she wasn’t an actress? “I would have loved to have been a doctor. I’m fascinated by medicine.” But acting it is, as she has just finished filming French thriller Springwell (“One of the most fun films to shoot!”) and is now preparing to shoot The Bay of Silence “and after that, a French film which I can’t reveal yet!” Busy busy, but not so much that she couldn’t fit in a full day shooting our cover story for this issue before going straight from a North London studio to Cannes for the film festival—where, needless to say, she lit up the red carpet.
I’ve updated the gallery with some new photos of Olga at the ‘Tresors d’Afrique’ Unvelling of Chaumet High Jewelry in Paris yesterday (July 1). Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2018 > ‘Tresors d’Afrique’ Unvelling of Chaumet High Jewelry
With thanks to the wonderful Emily, I’ve updated the gallery with some stunning photos of Olga attending the Cabourg Film Festival last week (June 14-June 16).
I’ve finally been able to bring the gallery up-to-date with Olga’s most recent appearances, from late September until last Sunday’s British Independent Film Awards. Many thanks to my lovely friend Emily of Marvelous Margot for her help with these. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > Last Updated Albums
How gorgeous is this? Olga is the November cover star of Harpers Bazaar Malaysia – her full interview can be found below, whilst photos from the editorial have been added to the gallery.
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2017 > Session 005 – Harpers Bazaar Malaysia
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Behind the Scenes > 2017 – Harpers Bazaar Malaysia
HARPERS BAZAAR MALAYSIA – Olga Kurylenko strides into the middle of the room and holds out an outstretched arm to introduce herself —“Hello, I’m Olga”— to the ten-strong team setting up for the shoot ahead. She’s arrived alone; an unusual move for such a star to quietly pad into our West London location house—manor, actually—without any entourage. And so it seems, without anyone noticing. The picture of relaxed health—porcelain skin, sharp cheekbones, and piercing green eyes—she arrives wearing pastel-pink ballet shoes and a navy celestial-patterned Tara Jarmon dress, grey Loewe handbag in one hand, iPod in the other. It’s all very low-key.
At 37, Kurylenko is the most famous Ukrainian actress in Hollywood acting alongside every leading man you could image, from Tom Cruise to Daniel Craig, cementing herself in silver screen history as a Bond Girl. Born in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Kurylenko was raised by her mother, Marina, and grandmother, Raisa, in a small four-room flat. That’s a long way from the opulent space we find ourselves in today, complete with crimson brocade furniture, humongous sash windows draped with bronze fabric, and the pièce de résistance, a golden grand piano. It’s the perfect setting for this New Extravagance Issue cover shoot, yet as I discover, the woman in front of us is anything but.