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.
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.
I have updated the gallery with some stunning portrait sessions of Olga taken during the 70th Cannes Film Festival – which took place last month in France. All credit to the original uploaders, and of course to the wonderful photographers who captured these shots.
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2017 > Session 001 – Cannes Film Festival
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2017 > Session 002 – Cannes Film Festival
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2017 > Session 003 – Cannes Film Festival
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2017 > Session 004 – Cannes Film Festival
In case you haven’t seen them already, Olga is featured in a new editorial for the latest issue of Glamour Italia. I adore this shoot, it’s one of her best recent sessions for me. I’ll do my best to provide further coverage from the magazine as it becomes available.
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2016 > Session 003 – Glamour Italia
I’ve updated the gallery with four lovely photoshoots of Olga taken this year–including shoots for Empire Awards, Glamour Russia, InStyle UK, and Lucky.
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2015 > Session 004 – Empire Awards Portrait Booth
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2015 > Session 006 – Glamour Russia
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2015 > Session 008 – InStyle UK
Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Photoshoots from 2015 > Session 010 – Lucky
I’ve updated the gallery with scans of Olga from her feature in the latest issue Schön–complete with a lovely new photoshoot of her taken for the magazine.