Category: Interviews

Yvonne Covers Maxim Magazine

Yvonne is the 2011 October cover for Maxim magazine, and the magazine’s official site has released some great outtakes and a behind-the-scenes footage of it. Yvonne looks absolutely gorgeous and I’ll do my best to find a copy of the magazine to provide HQ scans, but in the meantime read the interview below and enjoy the pics:

There are precious few actresses with the acting-and-action chops to stand up to big boys Robert De Niro and Jason Statham. Yvonne Strahovski is one of them. Playing a farm girl who gets caught up in a web of violence in the who’s-the-bad-guy thriller Killer Elite, the Chuck star is adding some much-needed heat to the fall movie season. Yvonne, who left her native Australia to play the dorky spy next door’s CIA contact, has more than just looks and talent. Just check out her three-in-one parody of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha on College Humor to witness this down-to-earth beauty’s (literally) sick sense of humor.

They say you’ve only truly made it in Hollywood if you call Robert De Niro “Bob.” Did you?
I’ve called him Bob, so I guess I’ll tick that one off the bucket list.

How was meeting him?
I just knocked on his trailer door and there he was! I felt like a kid in a candy store; I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

Is Jason Statham a total badass?
No, he’s not Mr. Tough Guy or anything. He’s not ready to punch someone at all times.

As far as love interests go, you could do worse than him.
Yes, you certainly could! But we sort of had a brother-sister thing going on, which is gross, because we play lovers in Killer Elite.

Your character works on a farm. Is that how you grew up in Australia?
Yes and no. I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, but I spent lots of time in the bush, hiking and rock climbing and running around. So those scenes were very much in my comfort zone.

You know, when you talk about enjoying “time in the bush” here in America, folks might think you need a Brazilian.
Or an anti-Brazilian.

Exactly! Moving on, what’s the biggest stereotype you’ve encountered about Australians?
People think there are kangaroos hopping around in the city, which isn’t the case. They do, but only in…the bush. There’s that word again! I’m really not trying to carry on the joke, but I miss the bush the most.

You’d better be careful, ’cause that’s gonna be the quote that ends up right next to your picture.
Oh, no! OK, I miss the “Australian forest.” How’s that?

Much better. What else do you miss about your homeland?
I love Australian chocolates, but I can’t have them, because I’m not eating sugar these days. So I sniff them to get my fix. Wow, this interview is sounding worse and worse. All I’m talking about is sniffing and bush.

You kick butt on Chuck. Do you have a martial arts background?
Not really, but I was a dancer from five till about 18, and it helps you remember the choreography. I did have to strengthen my moves a bit so they weren’t so balletic.

It looks like fun to play Sarah Walker on the show.
Yeah, Chuck is a comedy-action-drama-romance, and I feel like I get to play one of the best female characters on TV.

Any gossip about the new season?
Now that Chuck and Sarah are married, there’s a whole new dynamic between them. Also, Mark Hamill and Carrie-Anne Moss are joining us, so it’s pretty exciting to have them on board.

And this is the last season?
I can’t believe we made it this far. We’ve been on the bubble ever since we started, but our fans have really pushed for us to stay on-air. It’s nice to know that we’re working toward a real ending that isn’t like, “Uh, maybe we’re coming back?”

Speaking of fans, you must have some obsessive ones. Have you gotten any strange gifts?
I’ve received some pretty interesting poetry. Like, pages and pages and pages of typed rhyming poetry…

Creepy! So your character on Chuck fell for a geek. Is that what you like, or more manly guys?
I’m into a mix of both. I like a suave dude with some geek.

You did a great drunk throw-up when you were playing Ke$ha in that College Humor video. Was that from experience?
No, I’m not really big on the throwing-up thing. I have a trick before it gets to that level, and that is to eat bread. If I’m feeling a little woozy, it makes everything better.

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Comic-Con: TV’s 6 Most Wanted Women

One’s returning to TV, another is switching shows and they all have a lot to say about fight scenes, Twitter and going incognito at the annual convention.

That’s one of many revelations to come out of our June 24 conversation with Gellar (the CW’s suspense thriller Ringer), Jennifer Morrison (ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time), Britt Robertson (the CW’s supernatural series The Secret Circle), Yvonne Strahovski (NBC’s Chuck), Maggie Q (the CW’s Nikita) and Anna Torv (Fox’s Fringe).

After the actresses posed for what can only be described as a fanboy’s fantasy, they gathered at the Montage Hotel to discuss the demands of the TV business, the advantages (and disadvantages) of genre TV and the keys to surviving Comic-Con in a no-holds-barred conversation moderated by THR’s Lacey Rose and Borys Kit.

Read the full interview here.

‘Sarah’ shares her feelings about ‘Chuck’

Yvonne Strahovski has been sleeping a lot.

Sarah Walker, her character on “Chuck,” is certainly a woman of action — when not busting up spy rings, she’s often busting the heads of villains with her wicked fighting skills.

But since the third season of the NBC spy show wrapped production three weeks ago, Strahovski has been taking a break. Being Sarah is hard work.

“After eight months of ‘Chuck,’ it really takes it out of me,” the actress said in a Monday phone conversation.

She doesn’t have any firm post-season plans — there is one potential project in the works, but she couldn’t say what it was. But she will be heading to to her native Australia soon for the premiere of a film she appears in, “I Love You Too” (to answer your next question, she thinks the film will get released in North America but she wasn’t sure).

In the Q&A below, the actress answered some burning questions I had (and a few that fans had) after Monday’s pivotal episode of the show, which returns with six new episodes April 26. Questions are in bold type, answers are in regular type.

By the way, the interview with “Chuck” executive producer Chris Fedak that is referenced below is here and here.

What did you think of how Chuck and Sarah finally got together? Was it a relief? Was it a big deal in terms of your character?
Yeah, I think it’s a huge relief for everyone. It’s like the natural progression of what should happen. I think there’s only so many times we could drag it out where they didn’t [get together]. There are only so many obstacles Chuck and Sarah can face. I think it’s really great and I think the fans are going to love it.

I think there was a pent-up demand among the fans for this to happen. There was a big to-do when Sarah and Shaw got together. Is that something you followed at all, or is the online chatter something you try to stay away from?
No, I hear about it. I don’t really go online a lot, I didn’t read about it but I’d heard that [some people] were very unhappy about the love interests that both Chuck and Sarah had, both Shaw and Hannah. People were unhappy.

It’s just hard for us as viewers sometimes, I think, because Chuck and Sarah have such chemistry — it’s harder for us to invest in the new character.
There’s a lot that we’ve invested in those characters, and so when somebody else comes along, there’s got to be a pretty good reason to start to invest in somebody else. I can understand how it could be hard for the viewers to watch it.

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Yvonne at G4’s Attack of the Show

Last night Yvonne appeared at G4’s Attack of the Show, below is the interview:

You’ve fawned over her in the hit series, ‘Chuck’ and you’ve tried to sleep with her on ‘Mass Effect 2’. Yvonne Strahovski sits down with Chris Hardwick to talk about being every nerd’s wet dream, crazy fan encounters and April Fools.

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