I, Frankenstein, the Chuck finale & bodypainting
Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Killer Elite) was just about to take off for the airport in New York to fly to LA when she graciously spoke to me about a multitude of her current and upcoming projects, including her involvement in the SoBe Skinsuit campaign.
Strahovski is the latest gorgeous actress to have her body painted as part of the SoBe Lifewater ad campaign, with artists painstakingly drawing palm fronds and coconuts across her body during six hour makeup sessions. The result is striking, but don’t just take my word for it. Check out the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for the finished photos or visit SoBe on Facebook for behind-the scenes shots.
But having her body painted isn’t all that’s keeping Strahovski busy. The series finale of Chuck is set to air on January 27, 2012, she recently completed work on the comedy movie My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, and in the next few weeks she’ll begin work on the much buzzed-about film, I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart.
Although her time was limited due to a tight travel schedule, we were able to chat about all of her big projects in this short-but-sweet interview. And for Chuck fans, she even clarified her comment in a recent interview about the finale of that series being “slightly, slightly tragic.”
Exclusive Yvonne Strahovski Interview:
You had six hours worth of makeup applied for the SoBe campaign. How do you sit through that without going crazy?
Yvonne Strahovski: “It’s not something I’ve ever done before, the bodypainting, so it was definitely interesting. It’s an interesting process. I stayed awake for the most part of it. I was a little delirious just because we had to get up at midnight. But, yeah, it was pretty awesome. I was really impressed with the design in the end because it really does look like I have palm fronds and coconuts on my body. It looks really cool. It totally reflects the drink as well, because SoBe’s launching the new SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water so hence the coconuts on my left hip.”
Were you able to give any input into the design?
Yvonne Strahovski: “I had a little input, yeah. They designed it and we sort of tweaked it a little bit. And then the artist painted it on for six hours. We did it two nights in a row, actually.”
After going through a process like this, would you do it again?
Yvonne Strahovski: “Yeah, sure. I mean, I think the photos look really cool at the end of the day. It was part of my decision when I saw the previous campaigns, like Ashley [Greene] and Jessica [Szohr] – they did the previous campaigns – and I really loved the work they did and their photos. Raphael Mazzucco, the photographer, does a really nice job. So, it was definitely something that attracted me to the campaign in the first place. You know, the bodypainting.”
You haven’t started on I, Frankenstein yet, but what drew you to the film in the first place?
Yvonne Strahovski: “Well, number one is working with Aaron Eckhart. I think he’s a wonderful, wonderful actor. I’m super excited to meet him and work with him. I hear he’s amazing on set to work with, and he gets very involved in his characters. I’m really looking forward to that. Plus, it’s something a little different. I have a British accent in this and I’m a scientist, so it’s sort of another character to play, which is what I love about my job is that I get to be a bunch of different characters in one lifetime.”
Were you familiar with the graphic novel?
Yvonne Strahovski: “I actually just started reading it on my flight to New York. I’m getting through it, yeah.”
Can you describe the tone for those of us who haven’t read it?
Yvonne Strahovski: “It’s written in 1817, I believe, so it’s very old-school. It’s an old, old language. It starts off in the form of a couple of letters and then it goes into the narration from Victor Frankenstein’s point of view. It’s kind of a unique way to start, with a couple of letters and then launching into the actual story. It changes gears in that way. I’m excited. I’m about to jump on a plane back to LA so I’ll continue reading it.”
And you’ve also got My Mother’s Curse heading to theaters this year.
Yvonne Strahovski: “I shot that before I started shooting season 5 of Chuck. That is coming out in November, at the end of the year, which is a straight-up comedy. That was really fun to be a part of, you know, working with Barbra Streisand who is one of the legends around town, and Seth Rogen who’s awesome. They’re a great dynamic. They play mother and son in this movie.”
You don’t really picture those two as mother and son, but it works?
Yvonne Strahovski: “It works, yeah. [Laughing] They’re really great together. It really does work, and the script was awesome.”
In a recent interview you did about the finale of Chuck, which we’re all really sad to see come to an end, you said it’s slightly tragic. Can you clarify that a little?
Yvonne Strahovski: “It’s so hard to explain without giving it away. Something is taken away from Chuck [played by Zachary Levi] and Sarah, and in that sense it becomes slightly sort of sad and tragic. I think audiences will be sitting on the edge of their seats wondering how this is going to get resolved and how this is going to finish up. I certainly was taken by surprise when I read the script for the first time. It’s definitely unexpected and sort of shocking. And we do focus on the heart of the story, the heart of Chuck, which is the relationships and the Chuck and Sarah love story.”
All the popular shows seem to be airing their finales and then almost immediately there’s talk of feature film versions of the series. Will there be a feature film of Chuck?
Yvonne Strahovski: [Laughing] “Maybe, I don’t know. If it comes up, I’m sure we’ll be interested.”