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Yvonne in GQ Australia

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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Photoshoots and Magazine Scans Update

The gallery was updated with a few new photoshoots and magazine scans albums, enjoy:

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NY Post Interview & Photoshoot

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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Yvonne for SPIRIT & FLESH issue 3 “Hunger”

Australian-born beauty Yvonne Strahovski first warmed our hearts as a CIA agent on the television series Chuck and most recently as Hannah McKay, the serial killer-turned-girlfriend of Dexter Morgan in the hit showtime series Dexter. In 2012 she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, for which she won a Theater World Award. This year she’s back with a leading role in the SCI-FI thriller I, Frankenstein, adding big screen appeal to an already storybook career.

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In My Time: An Interview with Yvonne

If I had to sum up Yvonne Strahovski in one sentence, I’d say she’s the über-cool action hero, minus the corny acting. In her breakout role as the ass-kicking CIA agent Sarah Walker in Chuck, she gave hope to every computer geek in America that they too might meet and fall in love with a hot blonde who knows kung fu. She also made death by poison seem like a favorable way to go as the lethal Hannah McKay in Dexter. Next she’ll play a scientist alongside Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein, out Jan. 24. Malibu Magazine recently caught up with the Australian gem to get the low down on Comic-Con, Broadway and how to make a perfect cup of coffee.

I just read that there’s some speculation that Dexter may not be gone forever. If the show returned, what do you think we’d find your character doing?
Well, she has Harrison now, so that’s a big responsibility, and if she hasn’t poisoned him already, she would be looking after him and really trying to be a good mom, because I think she really loved Harrison. The other alternative is she has poisoned Harrison and is doing bad things, and she’s gone dark.

There seems to be a running theme of good and bad, and the gray area between the two in a lot of your work.
I think that’s just a product of circumstance. I choose my roles based on various things but mainly the character, and if it’s something new or something I haven’t done, or something I can make into something interesting and different for me.

Can you talk a bit about Stuart Beattie’s interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? How has he reimagined the classic tale?
It’s sort of launching off the end of Mary Shelley’s novel. We fast-forward 200 years from the end of Mary Shelley’s book. It’s a tale about the creature, Frankenstein, having still survived into the present day because he’s immortal and how he has come to be this way and his search for answers. And within that you meet my character, Dr. Terra Wade, who is an electro-physiologist. She’s a scientist, and she’s the modern-day Victor Frankenstein researching how to bring things back to life for medical purposes. She doesn’t believe in the myth of the creature Frankenstein, and she doesn’t believe in gargoyles and demons, but yet these things are all alive in her world, and she sort of discovers them throughout the movie.

Did you ever read comic books growing up?
I was never really a comic book fan. I’ve sort of been recently, and by recently I mean through the Chuck years. I’ve been thrown into that sort of comic world, and you know now I’m a Comic-Con regular because of it. But I do remember when I was younger I loved — I don’t know if this was just an Australian thing or not — but I used to watch the cartoon He-Man with She-Ra. I never really did the comic book, but I loved the cartoon.

Speaking of Comic-Con, you’ve gone several times, are there any alter egos you are secretly wishing you could dress up as?
Ones that exist in real life? I have a couple in my head that I wouldn’t mind playing. But I would probably just throw on a Wookie costume from Star Wars and head in.

How would you describe your personal style on a day-to-day basis?
My personal style is very carefree and without a lot of effort because I can’t be bothered really. I’m sort of the shorts-and-T-shirt girl or the jeans-and-T-shirt girl. I’m happiest when I’m in comfortable clothing that I can run around in and do cartwheels in and then, you know, go straight for a bathing suit and a wetsuit and go surfing.

Theater was your first introduction to acting. And I know you just performed in Golden Boy. Are you interested in doing another Broadway play?
Yeah. That was an extraordinary experience. I had my own theater company in Sydney for a long time, but I hadn’t done theater in about seven years before my Broadway debut. I didn’t ever think that I would go back to theater, but doing that made me rediscover the power and the beauty and the creative energy of it. It’s really something else. It’s probably one of the rare and only times that an actor is fully in control, for an extended period of time, of what he or she is doing. On camera, you stop and start, and there are different shots for different pieces of different scenes. Live theater is one take, and that’s it. So, there’s something very extraordinary and difficult and challenging and terrifying about it all, but it makes it all very rewarding in the end.

You’ve had so much success in TV, film and even Broadway. Is there anything about the business that still makes you nervous?
Well, yeah. I feel like, as actors, it’s kind of the equivalent of having a job interview all the time and starting a new job all the time. I think that [everyone], to some degree, has some kind of nervousness surrounding that. It’s like the first day of school, when everyone gets a little nervous. What are the people going to be like? Is everyone going to be nice? You know, are people going to be on the same page as me creatively? There are all those natural, normal nervous things that happen. Are people going to make fun of my lunch box? All that stuff.

What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Oh, well I like to change it up a lot. I mean I don’t ever really go to the same place twice because I like to explore different places. The last town that I was in was Exmouth in western Australia. I had never explored the coast of western Australia, and I went there with a girlfriend, and it was extraordinary. We rented a car and drove from Exmouth down to Perth, and it was just beautiful: so much amazing, amazing wildlife everywhere — from kangaroos, snakes and emus and sharks and dolphins. And we just had a great big marine adventure, and we swam with whale sharks and all sorts of things.

What’s this I hear about Australian coffee putting even the best American brew to shame? Is that really true?
You know, it’s not about the brew so much as it is about the way that the milk and everything is made. Because there’s a whole technique. We like to fluff the milk, make it very creamy, and pour it a certain way, but a latte has the perfect amount of froth on it. We don’t call it foam because foam implies that it’s airy and uneven and bubbly, which is often what you get here unfortunately. But in Australia it is … you know, we take pride in that frothing process to make it even and creamy. And we also have things called flat whites, which America doesn’t have.

What is that?
So, a latte should have a little head of froth on it where a cappuccino should have a big one. And then a flat white is super flat so it doesn’t have a layer of froth on the top.

Have you found a place in L.A. or anywhere in the states that’s a runner up?
I was actually at some little cafeteria at the Dana Point Marina, if I’m remembering correctly. There’s a little cafeteria there, and I was shocked! They creamed, they frothed the milk just perfectly, and it was exactly how an Australian coffee would’ve been served.

Where’s your favorite spot to catch some waves?
My favorite place at the moment is in San Onofre. The San Onofre State Beach. It’s kind of more for long boarding, but it’s awesome on a great day. Ah, I love it, and I’m craving a trip actually. I think I’m going to go next week.

Source: Malibu Magazine

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