OLGA KURYLENKO (Julia) is a beautiful, exciting actress who is internationally recognized for her work in film and who has garnered critical acclaim for her various film roles. Her profile is set to rise further in 2013 with the release of several exciting projects.
Most recently, Kurylenko wrapped production on the second season of Mitch Glazer's critically acclaimed television series Magic City, in which she stars as Vera Evans, wife to Ike, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The second season of the Starz show will premiere on June 14, 2013.
Also in 2013, Kurylenko will be seen in To the Wonder, directed by Terrence Malick, which premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2012 and was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Kurylenko plays the lead in Malick's film with co-stars Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. Critics have singled out her performance: Varietywrote "the radiant Kurylenko...gives a physically vivacious turn with a deeply melancholy core." While Collider.com commented that "Kurylenko has never been better," Indiewire called a "revelation." The actress is luminous in the part of Marina and her heartbreaking turn should open a lot of doors for her." The film will be released in the U.S. on April 12.
Kurylenko will also be seen, opposite Aaron Eckhart, in Philipp Stolzl's Erased.
In late 2012, Kurylenko appeared in Seven Psychopaths, opposite Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish. The film was released on October 12 in the U.S. and on December 7 in the U.K.
In 2011, Kurylenko took the female lead in Roland Joffe's There Be Dragons, which is set in the time of the Spanish Civil War, and Michale Boganim's Land of Oblivion, which is about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Kurylenko first came to international prominence in 2008 when she starred opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Quantum of Solace, which was directed by Marc Forster. She garnered excellent reviews as Camille, a woman focused on avenging the murder of her family.
Kurylenko took her first English-speaking role in the film adaptation of the graphic novel "Hitman,"directed by Xavier Gens and produced by Luc Besson. Kurylenko gave a powerful performance as Nika Boronina. In 2008, she starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in John Moore's Max Payneand in the role of Mina Harud in John Beck Hofmann's TV show Tyranny. In 2010, she was seen in the Warner Bros. Pictures/Pathe Pictures International production of Neil Marshall's Centurion, an action-thriller set in ancient Rome in which she starred alongside Dominic West and Michael Fassbender.
Kurylenko's early career was established in France. She debuted as a leading actress in the role of Iris in Diane Bertrand's L'Annulaire (released in the U.K. and U.S. as The Ring Finger). She followed this with a role alongside Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime, an independent film in which a cooperative of acclaimed international directors told their stories of Paris. In 2006, Kurylenko played Sofia in Eric Barbier's acclaimed thriller Le serpent(The Snake), opposite French luminaries Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Richard.
While training as an actress, Kurylenko also achieved success in the worlds of fashion and beauty, working in Paris, Milan, New York and London. By the age of 18, she had graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Elle.
Kurylenko lives in London. She is fluent in French, English and Russian, and has also had German- and Spanish-speaking roles.
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