She’s best known as butt-kicking spy Sarah Walker on the NBC series, “Chuck,” but according to actress Yvonne Strahovski, the hardest part about being an action star is being an action star.
“[The hardest part] is being believable,” Strahovski told me this week. “Being tough and having your audience believe you are as bad**s as you are supposed to be.”
With “Chuck” coming to an end on January 27, the 29-year-old Australian actress showed her softer side with a body-painted Sobe Lifewater ad campaign and a supporting role as the love interest to Jason Statham in the movie “Killer Elite,” which is now available on XFINITY On Demand, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD.
In the film, Strahovski plays Anne Frazier, an Australian woman who falls in love with a mercenary named Danny Bryce (Statham). The two meet after Danny retires from his gig as an assassin, but they become separated when he is drawn back to the game to save his mentor Hunter (Robert De Niro) from Middle Eastern captors. As Danny and his team eliminate their targets to secure Hunter’s release, they draw the attention of ex-British special agents and may put their loved ones – including Anne – in harm’s way.
“It was fun to be part of an action movie where I wasn’t the action star in it, like I am on ‘Chuck,’” Strahovski said. “It sort of changed it up for me a little bit. And being the only female in the movie is kind of fun as well, because it was pretty important and it was the romantic content of the movie – the love story between Danny and Anne.”
So what was it like getting cozy with the chiseled, stone-cold visage of Jason Statham?
“He’s really funny! He’s got a high energy. I feel like he should be doing more comedy,” she revealed. “He’s funny and passionate and very focused. We had a blast on set. He was kind of like a big brother.”
If Statham was like a brother, surely De Niro – who shared a couple scenes with Strahovski – was like a father. A really, really famous father.
“He is so iconic and a legend in the industry,” she said of the “Raging Bull” himself. “It’s hard not to look at him and feel his expressions, because we’re so familiar with him from all the movies that he’s done. It was really, really exciting. I was like a kid in a candy store. He was sweet and made me feel very comfortable on set.”
Next for Yvonne is the action-drama “I, Frankenstein,” which begins filming next month and stars Aaron Eckhart as the science experiment gone wrong. The film is slated for a February 2013 release.
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