We Stephanie Sig­man

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When word broke ear­lier this year that Stephanie Sig­man was go­ing to be the first Mex­i­can to play a Bond girl in Spec­tre (the fourth in­stal­ment of the Bond fran­chise star­ring Daniel Craig, out next month), it was news to Sig­man her­self. “I knew I was go­ing to be in Spec­tre, but I didn’t re­al­ize I was a ‘Bond girl’ un­til they an­nounced it,” the 28-year-old re­calls over the phone while stuck in traf­fic in L.A. “It was such a big deal in my coun­try [Mexico], and I didn’t know I was go­ing to get so much at­ten­tion. Ev­ery­one wanted to talk to me! It’s a lot of pres­sure!” Lead­ing up to the re­lease, you can also find Sig­man in another high-pro­file role: She plays Pablo Es­co­bar’s mistress in Net­flix’s Nar­cos, a biopic about the no­to­ri­ous drug lord (out now). “I ac­tu­ally au­di­tioned for the role of Es­co­bar’s wife, but they called me back for this other role,” says Sig­man. “She’s a su­per-strong, smart woman but con­tro­ver­sial.” Here are three more things you may not know about this about-to-be-huge ac­tress:

She’s a mil­lion- dol­lar baby ( in train­ing). “I box two to three times a week. I don’t like go­ing to the gym be­cause it’s bor­ing. I re­ally like box­ing be­cause you have to com­bine con­cen­tra­tion and imag­i­na­tion. I feel like I’m ac­tu­ally learn­ing some­thing that’s use­ful. I pre­tend I’m box­ing for real. I’d love to be in a real box­ing match, but I can’t be­cause of my face. I’m an ac­tor!” She likes test­ing her lim­its. “Some­times be­ing scared of some­thing can be good be­cause it can give you strength. A great ex­am­ple for me would be act­ing in English! Ba­si­cally, when­ever I’m scared of a pro­ject, I know it’s worth it.” she finds in­ter­views gen­uinely ter­ri­fy­ing. “No­body ever tells you that when you do a big film like Bond, you’re go­ing to have to do in­ter­views and talk about your­self a lot. And then things get weird, es­pe­cially when it’s not your lan­guage, and you end up say­ing things you didn’t mean to.”

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