With huge thanks to my lovely friend Lora, I have added 136 gorgeous photos of Olga attending the Madrid premiere of The Water Diviner on Thursday evening. Enjoy!
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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.
VARIETY – Olga Kurylenko will star opposite Spanish actor Jordi Molla in the thriller Duelo, which will mark the English-language directing debut of Molla and Giuseppe Ferlito.
Duelo is produced by Picturesque partners Guy Moshe and Matthew G. Zamias alongside Olga Segura.
Molla and Ferlito also wrote the script, which centers on a famous actress whose fiance was viciously attacked and fell into a coma. Years later, she finds herself trapped by her fiance’s attacker.
Segura recently produced The Truth About Emanuel, starring Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario, as well as Cate Blanchett’s upcoming directorial debut The Dinner. Moshe wrote and directed Holly and Bunraku, which Picturesque also produced.
Kurylenko recently appeared opposite Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner and will star along with Morgan Freeman in the upcoming thriller Momentum.
Molla will be seen next in Marvel’s Ant-Man and In the Heart of the Sea. He directed three Spanish language features: God Is on Air, Cinemart and 88.
I’ve uploaded scans of Olga’s cover feature in the February issue of Harpers Bazaar Arabia to the gallery. Apologies for the delay adding them. Enjoy!
THE NATIONAL – Olga Kurylenko didn’t have to audition for Russell Crowe’s directional debut, The Water Diviner.
The former Bond girl clearly must have caught the Gladiator star’s eye on screen – they had never met before, but Crowe sent her the script and asked which character she wanted to play.
“I think it was a joke, because there’s not many female characters in the film,” says the actress, who was in the UAE earlier this month for the film’s premiere at Dubai International Film Festival.
And that was how the former catwalk model came to play Ayshe, Crowe’s love interest in an epic story of a grief-stricken father’s journey to bury the sons he lost in Gallipoli, while fighting for the Allies against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
However, there were still a few more obstacles to clear.
“He said, ‘Do you speak Turkish?’, and I was like ‘I can learn’,” adds Kurylenko with another laugh. “It was a lot of responsibility for me, and a big challenge. I was thinking mainly about Turkish people, because I knew for everyone else it would sound great.”
Best known for her roles in action movies such as Oblivion and Hitman, as well as the 007 adventure Quantum of Solace, Kurylenko sank her teeth into the more dramatic role of a widow working at an Istanbul hotel that acts as the base for Crowe’s character, Joshua Connor. Naturally, her young, fatherless son is drawn to the grieving father.
TELEGRAPH – Olga Kurylenko, the actress and former Bond girl, recalls the beauty of the Atacama Desert and reveals why she would never go travelling alone.
How often do you travel?
All the time. I’m constantly packing and unpacking my suitcase. I’ve been travelling a lot for work between London, where I’m based, and Paris, Prague and other places in Europe. The last big trip I did was to Australia to shoot a film with Russell Crowe called The Water Diviner and I really enjoyed it there. I’ve been before, but this time I was there for an extended period shooting in Sydney. It’s a beautiful city with great restaurants, amazing theatres and amazing animals and birds at the Sydney Zoo. I enjoyed walking everywhere, exploring the parks and was really impressed with the city.
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
To have people around me, loved ones – be they family or friends. If you’re in good company, even if you have nothing much to explore, you can still have a great time talking to each other and discovering more about yourself. I also need a bit of nature – beautiful lakes, scenery and landscapes – plus good weather and architecture. Good food is also very important.
Most memorable filming location?
The most fascinating place I’ve been for a film was the Atacama Desert in Chile where Quantum of Solace [see the trailer below] was shot. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was such a beautiful location.
I’ve updated the gallery with a batch of high-resolution stills of Olga as Alice Fournier in the upcoming The November Man, in which she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan. Enjoy!