SOFIA’S ATOMIC BLAST

The ac­tress’s ca­reer tra­jec­tory is soar­ing with a string of dy­namic roles in­clud­ing her lat­est in an action-packed spy thriller set in ’80s Ber­lin

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Shak­ing up the spy genre via bonecrunch­ing action, Atomic Blonde is a no­holds-barred shot of cin­e­matic adren­a­line with a propul­sive sound­track and a raw cen­tral per­for­mance by Char­l­ize Theron as kick-ass op­er­a­tive Lor­raine Broughton.

Sofia Boutella, who started her ca­reer as a dancer, broke out as the lethal Gazelle in Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice and then as Jay­lah in Star Trek: Beyond.

Most re­cently, the ac­tress starred as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter op­po­site Tom Cruise in The Mummy.

In Atomic Blonde, she plays Del­phine, a French spy who is ex­cited to be work­ing in the city, but might just be in too deep. Here, Boutella talks about work­ing with Theron, spend­ing days alone in Bu­dapest and learn­ing new fight moves in a sin­gle morn­ing. I was film­ing Star Trek: Beyond in Van­cou­ver when I got the au­di­tion. I was thrilled by what I read and I re­ally wanted to be a part of it. First, we did a Skype au­di­tion, so I went to a cast­ing stu­dio in the city and David (Leitch) was on the other end of the com­puter screen. Af­ter that, I flew to Los An­ge­les one week­end to sit down and read with Char­l­ize and David, which was re­ally ex­cit­ing and a great ex­pe­ri­ence. I wanted to find a back­ground for her that was light and spon­ta­neous since Del­phine is merg­ing into this world that is new for her. I did ask some peo­ple what they thought her back­story was just to com­pare how close theirs were to my ver­sion of Del­phine’s back­story. Yes, it was part of my re­search. But I also watched a doc­u­men­tary, Lust and Sound, about mu­sic in 1980s Ber­lin and around the time the wall fell down. It’s so good. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing and it helped me so much. Just to cap­ture the vibe of the ’80s. It was my child­hood, and when you’re a child you don’t no­tice much of the era you’re in. You can imag­ine Del­phine do­ing her job in the day and out club­bing at night. I loved work­ing with him. He’s very in­tel­li­gent, and I think the way he’s put the movie to­gether is phe­nom­e­nal. I was thrilled to work with Char­l­ize, be­cause I re­mem­ber watch­ing Mon­ster and think­ing how this gor­geous, in­tel­li­gent per­son never let her beauty be the rea­son why she’s in this in­dus­try. She’s proven many times that she’s an in­cred­i­ble ac­tress and I look up to strong women that are so good at what they do. Her abil­ity to dive into a role the way she did, I ad­mire that. So when I got to work with her, I was ner­vous. I was hop­ing my own act­ing skills were go­ing to be able to work along­side her, even though my ex­pe­ri­ence as an ac­tress is fairly new com­pared to hers. It pushed me to study more, to be more pre­pared. She en­cour­aged me and made me feel com­fort­able. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. As soon as I landed in Bu­dapest, I felt as though I had gone into a time ma­chine and came out in the 1980s. So, it was per­fect con­text and sur­round­ing to re­ally feel like we were in the movie we were shoot­ing. When I had a few days off, I was a lit­tle iso­lated be­cause I didn’t know that many peo­ple and Char­l­ize was al­ways on set, but that was good be­cause it helped put me in that frame of mind, which I think my char­ac­ter would have been feel­ing as well. It was good for me. Yes, be­cause James (McAvoy) and I did ev­ery­thing in the fight scene our­selves. We came the day be­fore and looked at the space, and then learned ev­ery­thing the next morn­ing be­fore shoot­ing it that day. David and his stunt team were wildly pre­pared. They’re so good at what they do, and mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is safe. And I wasn’t wear­ing many clothes, so there wasn’t much room for pad­ding, ex­cept on the fur­ni­ture! James is so good at do­ing the fight scenes, and such a good ac­tor. I’d love to work with him again. Atomic Blonde is out in all ma­jor cin­e­mas to­day

Hol­ly­wood stars Char­l­ize Theron and Sofia Boutella strike sparks off each other in the new action film Atomic Blonde.

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