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April 22, 2013

For Olga Kurylenko, life after Bond just keeps getting better

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Olga Kurylenko is racking up the frequent flier miles these days.

With two new movies in theaters — director Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” and the Tom Cruise post-apocalyptic thriller “Oblivion” — the Ukrainian-born, Parisian-trained and London-based actress has been flying from one premiere to another.

In fact, when the former Bond girl (“Quantum of Solace”) picked up the phone to call the Orange County Register, she was on her way to the airport after attending the Moscow premiere of “Oblivion.” From there, she was headed to premieres in Taipei, Vienna, London, Dublin, Buenos Aries, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto.

Judging by her travel schedule, the one-time model apparently has overcome the typecasting and subsequent career disappearance that follows many actresses who appear opposite 007.

In “To The Wonder,” Kurylenko plays a French woman who meets and falls in love with an American (Ben Affleck) vacationing in Paris. The couple and her young daughter move into the man’s Oklahoma home, where the glow of new romance begins to dim.

The 33-year-old actress plays an endangered crew member aboard a space vehicle who is rescued by Cruise in the futuristic “Oblivion.” The science fiction movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski and based on his unpublished graphic novel, takes place years after an invasion of Earth by an alien race bent on stripping the planet of its natural resources.

Raised by her mother and grandmother, Kurylenko was discovered at 14 on a Moscow subway by a modeling agent who was so intrigued by the tall teen (she now stands 5-foot-9) that he handed her mother his business card. The youngster signed a contract with a modeling agency the next day, and moved to Paris when she was 16. Two years later, she was on the covers of Vogue, Glamour and Elle. She speaks five languages, and her first English-speaking movie role was in the 2007 film “Hitman.” Last year, Kurylenko appeared opposite Colin Farrell in “Seven Psychopaths,” and she recently completed her second season on the Starz cable series “Magic City,” in which she plays Vera Evans.

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