Yvonne is looking very sexy in next month’s issue of GQ Australia. Be sure to download the new issue to read the full interview.
Yvonne Stryker. It’s the kind of name that would have a porn star blushing. It’s also the stage name suggested to Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski on landing in LA a few years back. She was an attractive, leggy and wide-eyed newcomer; she wasn’t, however, an easily-moulded starlet.
“Look, at the end of the day it was my call,” she tells GQ. “And I understood the reasoning behind it – the spelling of my name is a mouthful of letters.”
That original Polish grammatical jumble reads: Strzechowski.
“So I have the same last name – but now it’s spelt phonetically, so people know how to pronounce it.”
Regardless, hers is a name on the move. While she left these shores in 2007 with little more than some commercial work (razors, Pepsi, A4 paper) and face time opposite Rachael Taylor in failed Seven drama Headland, Strahovski was soon co-starring in US series Chuck. Created by The OC’s Josh Schwartz, the goofy spy spoof provided a prime-time entrance to American TV.
“I’m forever grateful for that job and I made a name for myself over there with that show, but it was hard because of the hours. It would have been nice to have received a warning about how involved it is to shoot a network show… yeah, it’s very involved.”
That’s not a complaint, far from it – the 32-year-old’s simply a straight shooter.She’s also a self-professed “nerd” – one who embraced education, including enforced Polish lessons every Saturday.
“It’s my first language and we speak it at home. I was a goody two shoes – a straight-A girl, and I took pride in my studies.”
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