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Yvonne joins ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’

With the future of the “24” franchise — and her role as Jack Bauer’s latest trusty sidekick — in limbo, Yvonne Strahovski has gone back to the past in more ways than one with her new gig, playing one of the title roles in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives” club, written and executive produced by Stephanie Savage, and by “Chuck” co-creator Josh Schwartz.

Based on the best-selling book by Lily Koppel, “Astronaut Wives Club” tells the story of the women behind NASA’s early astronauts, and how they deal with being catapulted into national celebrity overnight even as their husbands are preparing to be launched into orbit.

Strahovski will play Rene Carpenter, wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. The press notes suggest that “Her modern attitudes are source of both conflict and courage for the other Astrowives. Over time, Rene finds her own voice and awakens to a higher calling in politics, civil rights and women’s issues.” She joins a cast that already includes JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom and Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper.

Since “Chuck” ended, Strahovski wasn’t always well-served on “Dexter” as serial killer Hannah McKay, while “24: Live Another Day” essentially used her as a humorless (but still very effective) spin on Sarah Walker. This is a different kind of character for her, with no inherent action or suspense component. Then again, maybe the best performance she’s given in the last few years was her guest stint on “Louie,” where she played a supermodel whose father was… an astronaut.

As a fan of her work and an early NASA buff, I’m very intrigued by this casting.

What does everybody else think? You going to check out “Astronaut Wives Club” when it debuts sometime at mid-season, or would you rather see Strahovski find some way to stay in the spy world?


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Meet the stunner from Down Under who will have you tuning in to ‘24’

Carrie Mathison of “Homeland” had better watch out — the fictional arm of the CIA has a new maverick agent on the scene, and she doesn’t do “cry faces.”

“Oh, no!” laughs Yvonne Strahovski. The “24: Live Another Day” actress has never heard of Claire Danes’ famous emotive sobbing. Nor has she ever seen Showtime’s “Homeland,” the series to which her own adrenaline-pumping, terrorist-chasing franchise is often compared.

Strahovski, 31, says she plays her super-agent character, Kate Morgan, with a purposeful coldness and detachment. Morgan has been unwittingly married to a traitor, which she and the audience discover as the show opens. Strahovski delivers a star-making performance on the highly anticipated “24” reboot, which premieres May 5 on Fox and picks up four years after the original series ended its nine-year run in 2010 — with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) living as a fugitive in London.

“You meet Kate at a point in her life when she’s feeling dejected and doesn’t have a lot to hold onto,” Strahovski says. “When Jack Bauer comes into the picture, and she has an opportunity to make things right and maybe prove herself, she jumps at it, and then turns into someone who’s hunting him in a way. It’s dark.”

Beyond that, Strahovski can’t reveal much more about the closely guarded plot.

The stunning Australian is in New York for a short break from shooting the show on location in London. She’s wearing fitted jeans, a scoop-neck top and strings of dainty Jennifer Meyer necklaces, but when the sun goes down, she slips on a Quiksilver hoodie — a nod to her newfound passion for surfing.

“I really enjoy playing dress-up, doing photo shoots, and I wish I could wear stuff like that by choice, but I will never be that person,” says Strahovski, who claims she’d never heard of Dolce & Gabbana until her first spin on the red carpet several years ago. “I’m such a boots-jeans-tops-blazer girl. If I can’t do high kicks or dance in it, then I won’t wear it.”

Strahovski moved to LA from Sydney — where she was a stage-trained actress and owned a theater company — “just for the hell of it” in 2006, and never used the return ticket home.

“I’ve just discovered Malibu. I had been in Laurel Canyon but sold my house and decided to downsize, pull back a little bit,” she says.

Her parents — Polish immigrants who moved to Australia in the 1980s “with their suitcases and 20 dollars” — followed their only child to California for support. They hated LA and moved back after only two years, but they didn’t need to worry: Small parts immediately poured in for the statuesque blond beauty, followed quickly by meatier recurring roles on Showtime’s “Dexter” (as sultry killer Hannah McKay) and NBC’s “Chuck” (as Sarah Walker, also a CIA agent).

In 2012, Strahovski spent four months in New York in what critics called her “striking Broadway debut” as Lorna in Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy.” The role, in which she played opposite “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub, earned Strahovski a Theatre World Award.

“Yvonne possesses a rare combination of inner grace, dark mystery and unbridled devilish fun that seems to radiate straight through her arresting beauty,” Shalhoub says. “She is a courageous, deeply sensitive actress.”

To clear her head from her whirlwind career, Strahovski relishes the peace of outdoorsy athleticism, like hiking or rock climbing. (And a little bit of reality TV — she admits she’s a fan of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules.”) Surfing has proved to be a particularly unlikely source of calm — Strahovski is terrified of deep water.

“I’m scared of not knowing what’s underneath me, but I was tempted to stand on a surfboard,” she says. “The minute I did it, something happened and I was hooked. I’ve never been good at meditation, but surfing is the closest I’ve ever come to that inner something.”

It’s an added bonus that her boyfriend surfs, which is about all Strahovski is willing to say about him other than that he’s not “Hollywood.” “I like to stay separated from the acting world,” she says of her personal life.

Strahovski will say she’s become buddies with her “24” co-star Gbenga Akinnagbe, who plays CIA field operative Erik Ritter, another new character. “He’s a great guy, like a kid on set,” she says.

As for the star of “24,” Sutherland, she says he “knows the show inside and out. He lives and breathes his character. Between him and Jon Cassar, the in-house director and producer, they really know it very well.”

Cassar says of Strahovski: “Yvonne has been a great addition to the new ‘24.’ Not only is she very comfortable with the physical demands of her character but she moves through those scenes with a gravitas that makes you believe she’s been a CIA agent all her life. And if that isn’t enough, she does it all with a great attitude under very difficult shooting circumstances.”

Strahovski acknowledges shooting is “taxing on your body,” but she carves out time to take care of herself.

“I try and be as natural as I can. Less is more,” she says. “I had an addiction to sugar growing up — major, major, major. I calculated once that I ate about 400 liters of Nutella in a 10-year period. And I had to stop,” she says. “I had terrible skin because of it and I refused to believe sugar was my issue, because so many other people don’t have that problem.”

Banning sugar is as strident as Strahovski gets with her health and diet. For fitness, she relies not on the gym — “I hate putting aside time to work out” — but on what she calls “manual living.” This means using a whisk instead of an electric mixer, biking to the grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

“Often in the shower if I’m shaving my legs, instead of resting my foot on something, I’ll stand on one leg and balance,” she says, calling it “accidental yoga.”

Even as she steps further into the spotlight, Strahovski maintains she will stay true to her natural beauty. With a smile, she says, “Crow’s feet are nice.”

Source: NY Post

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‘I, Frankenstein’ different take on story

Dexter star Yvonne Strahovski has said that upcoming film I, Frankenstein is an entirely new take on the Frankenstein story.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the Australian actress explained how the new version starring Aaron Eckhart will differ to previous incarnations of the classic tale.

“It’s a story on how Frankenstein’s monster has survived to this day, because he is an immortal creature and he is still wandering the Earth,” Strahovski said.

“It’s very much a tale set in the modern day, it’s a modern day city and characters.

“Plus we’ve sort of introduced a whole different type of fantastical world where we have the demons obviously representing the bad guys and gargoyles representing the good in the movie, and protecting the human race.”

The actress added that a possible franchise spinning out of I, Frankenstein was “definitely a possibility”.

I, Frankenstein will be released in early 2014.

Dexter: The Final Season and Dexter: The Complete Series is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday, November 18.

Source: DigitalSpy

Yvonne Strahovski’s Beauty Regimen

Known for her roles on “Dexter” and “Chuck,” Yvonne Strahovski, 31, plays a scientist in the film “I, Frankenstein,” opening next year. Raised in Sydney, Australia, she lives in Los Angeles and maintains her blond good looks with a beauty routine that emphasizes natural products, notwithstanding highlights and the occasional spritz of Chanel. She explains here.


My morning routine is pretty basic and simple. I try to use natural products. I’m superconscious of not putting chemicals on my skin, like parabens and sulfates. I love MyChelle products. It’s this organic line that a friend, who is a makeup artist and facialist, introduced me to. I use the fruit and enzyme cleanser and then I moisturize with the pumpkin cream. They also have a couple of serums that I sort of go between, like this morning, I put on the G2 one, which is a firming serum.

I use a foundation by Koh Gen Do. I put it on with my hands. I think it spreads a more even layer. I’ll also do mascara, but I’m always changing up which brand. I’m still trying to find a really great natural one. I’ve used the Josie Maran one before, which is O.K. But one of my favorites is the pomegranate tinted lip balm by Burt’s Bees. I have them everywhere: one at home, one in my pocket, one in my purse. That’s pretty much it and then I’m out the door.

At night, I’ll follow the same routine as in the morning. I don’t use makeup remover, but just the same MyChelle cleanser. But I will use an exfoliator — they have a great one with enzymes — after a day of working in heavy makeup. Also, I’m very much into oils. Sometimes, I’ll put on this great 100 percent pure vitamin E oil. If my skin is irritated or it’s been a long work day, I like to put on a little lavender oil or maybe eucalyptus, which is really good for healing. And there’s this great Australian product called Papaw. It comes in a red tube and it’s a fermented fruit product that most people probably use as a lip balm, but I put it around my eyes and let it soak in overnight. It’s very moisturizing and you wouldn’t want to put it all over because it’d be too oily.

I’m big on scents. I go between Cristalle by Chanel and the Dolce & Gabbana 18 La Lune. I’ll spritz some on every day. Of course, I love my oils. I often buy them when I travel. The latest batch, though, I bought at Whole Foods. There’s the lavender, but I also have grapefruit and rosemary, which is my favorite.

My hair is fairly light already so it’s not a whole project when I go to the salon. I just get highlights. A hairstylist that I worked with on “Chuck” suggested Nancy Braun, who has the Balayage salon, and I’ve been going to her ever since. It was through Nancy that I found this lovely girl at the salon named Sacha, who now cuts my hair. At home, I use the Giovanni line. The deeper moisture conditioner is amazing. Otherwise, I have naturally wavy hair and I don’t use any styling products. Once in a while, I’ll do the Klorane dry shampoo for a little bit of texture.

I don’t go out and do facials or any of the beauty services. I’m the one who’ll order the burger and fries before an event. In general, I would say I’m probably a little more conscious of looking after my skin since I moved to L.A. Working on camera, your face is your career. But I’m not really one to buy into the pressures. At the end of the day, the job I do, it’s more about the art and craft of it. If you’re good at what you do, there’s a place for you in the industry, no matter what you or your skin look like. When it comes to makeup, I have picked up a tip on how makeup artists will highlight the edges of my face: they’ll use bronzer on my cheeks but also my nose and chin. A little bit on the chin gives you a glow-y look. Same with blush. I’m a huge fan of keeping the look glow-y and natural. I like neutral tones and shimmery things as opposed to more defined looks. Sometimes, if the occasion or outfit calls for it, I’ll go there. In that case, a nice lip color works. I’m also more adventurous with nail color, deep reds and purples and things like that. Sadly, my manicures and pedicures only last a day because I’m so active. I’m always running around.

I’m a big believer in exercise. I’m a bigger believer in eating right, which is simply with plenty of fruits and vegetables. I’m not a gym girl, though. I’ve never had a gym membership. I’d rather go hiking or surfing, which is a very new thing for me. It’s only been about two months, but I’m in love with it.

Source: The New York Times

The Faces of ‘Golden Boy’

Nineteen actors will take their bows when “Golden Boy,” Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Clifford Odets’s 1937 play, opens Thursday on Broadway at the Belasco Theater. The play is about a working-class kid, Joe Bonaparte, torn between the violin and the boxing ring.

The New York Times asked Daniel Swee, Lincoln Center Theater’s casting director, to describe what he sees (and hears) in several of the actors in the production.

Yvonne Strahovski

(Lorna Moon, Tom’s mistress, who falls in love with Joe)

“She’s able to be tough and heart-breakingly vulnerable all at the same time.”

First Look at Broadway’s ‘Golden Boy’

Opening Night is Thursday, December 6 at 6:45 pm for Lincoln Center Theater’s 75th Anniversary production of the Clifford Odets classic Golden Boy, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street), the same theatre where the play premiered in 1937.

Lincoln Center Theater presents Golden Boy, Clifford Odets’ tragic story of a boy with a dream and the girl he falls in love with. The story is set in 1930s New York and follows Joe Bonaparte, a young Italian man who abandons his love of music to pursue fame and fortune in the world of professional boxing. Bartlett Sher’s gorgeous Broadway revival stars War Horse vet Seth Numrich as Joe, with Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub as his father and Australian beauty Yvonne Strahovski as Joe’s lady love, Lorna Moon. The production also features stage veterans Danny Burstein, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Anthony Crivello and Dagmara Dominczyk. Golden Boy officially opens at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre on December 6, but has your first look at this haunting revival. Click below to be transported back into the world of gangsters, immigrants and pin-up girls, and be sure to check out Golden Boy’s grand return to the ring.

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