“I HAD NEVER SEEN A TREK FILM BE­FORE”

Sofia Boutella is Jay­lah

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Star Trek Beyond -

How would you de­scribe Jay­lah?

Jay­lah is a sur­vivor, and she is some­one who thinks out­side of the box. She’s an alien war­rior, but her look is re­lat­able to hu­mans; her alien ap­pear­ance in the film is not ex­treme. She has more in com­mon with Kirk than any­one else in the film; they’re both very in­de­pen­dent, and they’re both hon­est and di­rect in their ap­proach. She makes her own weapons.

what at­tracted you to the role?

I wanted to be part of this big fran­chise, which is a great op­por­tu­nity for me. I was at­tracted to this char­ac­ter, be­cause she’s an alien, and she’s a com­pletely orig­i­nal char­ac­ter in the Star Trek uni­verse, so I don’t have to com­pare my­self with any­one who came be­fore me. I am Jay­lah.

what was the most chal­leng­ing part of mak­ing the film?

This is not a CG-cre­ated char­ac­ter; I spent four hours in make-up ev­ery morn­ing, and when I put on the pros­thetic, and saw my­self in the mir­ror, it in­stantly put me into the char­ac­ter, this alien war­rior, along with hold­ing her main weapon, which looks like a stick and which she is very skilled with.

How fa­mil­iar were you with Star Trek be­fore you started work on the film?

I had never seen a Star Trek film be­fore. I watched them all after I was given the part. Dur­ing the film­ing, I re­lied on Justin Lin, who knows ev­ery­thing about Star Trek and guided me through the series. This is why it’s so much fun to be cre­at­ing an orig­i­nal char­ac­ter like Jay­lah. David Grove

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