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April 22, 2013

For Olga Kurylenko, life after Bond just keeps getting better


Q. Your character is a single mom, and I know you were raised by a single mom. Did that connection resonate with you at all?

A. Oh, it absolutely did. My mom’s name is Marie and my character’s name is Marie. I felt so much closer to my mom after this movie. In fact, she came to Moscow to be with me for the premiere. That’s where she is right now — watching “Oblivion” at the premiere (laughs).

Q. You seem to have beaten the Bond-girl curse. Was there ever a time when you worried that there might not be life after Bond?

A. Although I come off as confident sometimes, one can never really be confident in this business. Nobody knows the future, but I did have excitement and enthusiasm about my career. I wanted to try many different roles. I didn’t want to be just the girl who did Bond. I didn’t know if I could do it, but I knew that I would try. And that’s all you really can do.

Q. Has it been difficult?

A. To be honest, it has been difficult. It has been very difficult. It’s always a struggle, and I still don’t feel that I won the fight. I think I’m always going to have to fight to be taken seriously. It’s something I’m going to have to live with.

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