Yvonne Strahovski • Askmen interview
« ‘I had a body paint artist, Rodrigo from Costa Rica, who was kind enough to bring his mother along to try and make me feel more comfortable about the fact that I had a straight male body paint artist.’ -Yvonne Strahovski »
It’s been five years since Yvonne Strahovski first appeared as the sexy spy Sarah Walker on NBC’s cult favorite Chuck, and after its bittersweet finale earlier this year, the sparkling Aussie export is ready to move on. She’ll appear in next fall’s highly anticipated Seth Rogen comedy My Mother’s Curse, but first we get to see a new side of her in a racy SoBe ad campaign in the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that features the self-described tomboy covered in nothing more than a bucket’s worth of paint. Here, she discusses moving on from Chuck, what it’s like having a complete stranger use your body as a canvas, and why men should never, ever shave their chest hair.
Congratulations on Chuck. Are you sad that it’s over, or excited to move on?
The end was very bittersweet, but I think we’re all excited to move on. There were a lot of tears on the last day of shooting, and I think I was the most pathetic one, although Zach [Levi] was in close contention with me. But it is exciting to move on. It finished at the right time. I think five years is a great run, especially in this day and age when you see so many shows go up and survive less than six episodes. Given that we were always on the bubble, it’s a great victory shared amongst the cast, crew and fans — especially the fans, because they were the ones that got us there.
Talk to me about My Mother’s Curse, your upcoming comedy with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.
It was really exciting! I auditioned for that and got it, and it was great working with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. I feel lucky that I got to work with some of the big legends in town.
What was it like working with Seth Rogen?
His laugh is the greatest thing ever. It’s so unique! He was very chill, and the dynamic between Barbra and Seth was great. I’m excited to see what they’re like on-screen. It’s a very cool combo.
Why do you think so many Australians have found success in Hollywood?
I think most of us come from a training background, so we studied it, and we have a real sense of the art of it, and most of us are trained to do an American accent, which is something you definitely need. I think, especially for males, they tend to be quite rugged and scruffy, and I think the industry here likes that kind of energy for their leading men.
Let’s talk about the photoshoot you did with SoBe that appears in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
SoBe approached us, and I was immediately interested because I’m a fan of their zero-calorie drinks, and I knew about Ashley Greene’s campaign, and I loved those photographs. I had never done anything like this before, so it was the body painting aspect that got me interested in the first place.
Was it awkward having a complete stranger paint your naked body?
It was a little. I woke up at midnight; that was my call time. And I had a body paint artist, Rodrigo from Costa Rica, who was kind enough to bring his mother along to try and make me feel more comfortable about the fact that I had a straight male body paint artist, and she didn’t speak any English, so that was pretty funny. You sort of get used to it after that many hours. You sort of think, « Who cares? » and it looks so real you feel covered anyway. I really love the ways the photos turned out.
How did your parents react?
They were really cool, actually! They thought it was a great idea, and they really loved the photos.
Yvonne Strahovski tells us what she looks for in guys, next…
‘I think a man is a man, and a man has a hairy chest, so let that be!’ -Yvonne Strahovski »
What’s the best compliment anyone’s ever given you?
That’s a tough one! Can we come back to that?
What’s the biggest grooming mistake a guy could make?
Removing chest hair and hair in general. I think a man is a man, and a man has a hairy chest, so let that be! That’s my take on it.
What’s your biggest turn-on in a guy?
Their personality, I have to say. They have to be gentle, understanding, honest, and compassionate. Sense of humor, as well, long walks on the beach — that kind of thing.
And your biggest turnoff?
Aside from the hair removal, guys assuming that their pickup line is going to work. I remember being at Greenblatt’s on Sunset, and some guy just walked straight up to me, and he had some bling on and whatever, and said something about a party down in Malibu and asked if I would jump in his car and go to the party. All I could think was, « Who are you? I don’t know you, and I don’t care about how good your car is. »
What jewelry is acceptable for men to wear?
I think rings and bracelets and leather bands and necklaces are OK. I’[m] not sure about earrings, but I think the rest is cool.
Who should pay on the first date?
I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist. I think the guy should pay, even though I’m all for equality, and then once you start dating, it’s OK to switch it up. It’s an initial, traditional gesture that is remembered.
Do you prefer when a date is planned out or spontaneous?
I like both, but I do like the spontaneity. It’s kind of cool to just go with the flow and be surprised and not really know where you’re going, as long as they warn you about the dress code. That’s important. If someone takes you out, and you’re wearing sweatpants and a T-shirt and they take you to a fancy place and you’re unprepared, that’s bad.
One final piece of advice for men in five words or less.
Be real; don’t be douche-y. I’m not sure if some people don’t know how to not be douche-y, but we’ll go with it.Credit : Askmen : the official page interview