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Welcome to Sofia Boutella Source, your ultimate resource for French-Algerian dancer, model, and actress. Sofia has shared the stage with Madonna and Rihanna and danced in many music videos, including starring in Micheal Jackson's Hollywood Tonight video. She shot to fame as Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service, an alien warrior named Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, and the main antagonist, Princess Ahmanet, in The Mummy. Also, she starred with Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde as Delphine Lasalle. She was named Best New Action Star of 2017 by GQ Magazine and Female Star of Tomorrow by CinemaCon. In 2018, she starred opposite Jodie Foster in Hotel Artemis and the film adaption of Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451. She is starring in the upcoming French movie, Climax.
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S MAGAZINE – “For three years, I questioned whether or not I should stop dancing,” confesses Algerian-born dancer-turned-actress Sofia Boutella by phone from her home in Los Angeles. “I cared about this decision so much.” The 36-year-old began classical dance training back in her home country at the age of five. Then in 1992, at the age of 10, Boutella and her family fled Algeria to escape the country’s civil war and settled in Paris, where she continued dancing and took up rhythmic gymnastics, which later found her competing on France’s national team in her teens.

At 17, Boutella picked up acting by training in classes, first in Paris and then in New York, but by the age of 20, she felt torn. “I did a few [acting] projects in Paris, but I felt messy and indecisive, and like I had my butt between two chairs,” she says. “I still wanted to dance and spend time with movement, but I could feel acting pulling me. That’s why I decided to stop acting entirely,” she continues.

That decision paid off, as Boutella’s professional dance career soon catapulted: she was chosen as the face of a Nike TV campaign; starred in music videos for Rihanna, Usher, Ne-Yo, and Michael Jackson; and worked with Madonna as a principal backup dancer both on tour and for the pop star’s 2012 Cleopatra-themed Super Bowl halftime show. “I’m glad I danced because I went on an incredible journey,” says Boutella, whose passion and remarkable talent for movement saw her relocate to Los Angeles at the age of 24.

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PLAYBOY – With Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Mummy and Atomic Blonde, you’ve earned a reputation for playing characters that are sexy and deadly in equal measure. Do you enjoy taking on seductive roles?

I feel great about it. We all have sexuality. I recognize traits in myself and I use them for the characters. I wouldn’t do penetrative sex; I think that would be a bit too much. But at the same time, other people have done it—like in the Gaspar Noé movie Love, they had real sex. If people want to explore having sex for real, I’m not judging it. I don’t mind proximity or intimacy. Even licking Tom Cruise’s face in The Mummy was fun. He kept saying to the makeup artist, “Make sure to clean my face. It’s fake dirt and fake sweat, so make sure it’s clean for Sofia!” It was so sweet. We laughed a lot during that scene.

Q2 When Atomic Blonde came out last year, the media made a big deal about your sex scenes with Charlize Theron. Did that bother you?
It was not annoying, but why is it such a big deal to see people having sex? You see people kill each other on-screen all the time. That’s not a big deal; they’re just movies. People are giving Noé shit for having so much sex in his films. Why put so much energy into that? What’s wrong with sex?

Q3 Noé also sequenced what is probably cinema’s longest and most brutal rape scene, in his 2002 film Irréversible. Now you’re starring in his new film, Climax. Were you nervous about working with him?
He didn’t glorify rape. It’s controversial, but he’s still very talented. I love that movie. It’s a hard watch, but you know what? It makes you feel something. I was nervous to work with him, but not because of that; I was terrified of not understanding the character I was playing. I studied him before Climax. I spoke with him about the recurring themes of violence, sex and drugs. He said that he’s fascinated with people using drugs. In Climax, I play a choreographer, and we’re spiked with large amounts of LSD. First of all, I was turned off because I did not want to dance; I hadn’t done it in five years. And I’ve never done LSD.

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REFINERY 29 – When in doubt, add demons! That’s the A24 philosophy, at least recently. The distribution company debuted the trailer for French director Gaspar Noé’s upcoming thriller Climax today, and the movie looks like a cross between Heredity (which came out this year) and Center Stage (which came out in 2000). Climax is about a group of dancers who gather for a three-day rehearsal in the middle of the woods. They drink some bloodred sangria and shimmy away life’s demons. Until, well, the real demons emerge from the darkness. In the trailer, this means that the sangria — which may or may not contain psychedelic drugs — takes hold, and the proverbial dancing shit hits the fan. A girl’s hair lights afire. A man douses himself in spaghetti. All in the name of dance! In the words of one dancer in the trailer, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Noé, an Argentinian director, is best known to American audiences for Love (2015), a horror film about a threesome gone terribly wrong. Climax, his first project with millennial kryptonite factory A24, is already heavily anticipated. Noé claimed the Directors’ Fortnight prize at Cannes for the movie in May and the film already has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Climax stars Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Atomic Blonde) alongside Romain Guillermic, Sohelia Yacoub, and a host of talented dancers.

Watch the full trailer for Climax, below. It will arrive in theaters later this year.

13 Aug 2018
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I decided that since Sofia went blonde this year, the site needed to go blonde for awhile as well! Thanks to Claudia at Never Enough Design we have a new look. Enjoy!

I found some Behind the Scenes videos of past photoshoots, in addition to the photoshoot and the behind the scenes video with Basic Magazine and added them to the gallery. Enjoy!

 
 

 

 

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BACKSTAGE – While always a performer, it wasn’t until after a fruitful dance career that age 30 Sofia Boutella shifted to acting. Although the Algerian talent spent a couple years without receiving any jobs, she saw the audition process as a continual learning experience and even compares her early days being on set with going to school. Boutella highlights the importance of being well informed and prepared for both auditions and jobs. As preparation for her latest film “Fahrenheit 451” (now streaming on HBO Now and fresh off an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie), Boutella read the original book and studied the works of the creators of the movie. She recently sat with Backstage to discuss her process, her career, and what’s to come next.

Despite the difficult career transition, Boutella has no regrets.
“I’m confident that however things went it’s where I should have been. I don’t have any regrets—I rarely do, to be honest. And things were not easy at all, but I think that this is the way it had to happen. I’m very grateful and fortunate for how things are going right now. It’s so hard. My face doesn’t fit in a box. I have an accent. At 30 years old, changing my career completely was kind of scary, but I didn’t feel like I had much choice.”

Even as a multi-hyphenate talent, you sometimes have to reassess your priorities.
“I realized that I could not dance and act at the same time, and I meet people that are doing both and adding on top of that music and painting. I cannot do that, doesn’t work for me, so I have to choose every single time. I don’t know what I’m going to end up doing next, it’s just that I feel very fortunate to tell stories and be in storytelling. I felt always that when I danced, I went through a character and there was something that I wanted to say and express. It wasn’t just steps on music to me, and I feel like now I’m just putting a voice on those movements.”

Do your homework, and you won’t let yourself down.
“A bad audition when you go in the room, you have to learn how to let it go as long as you’ve done your best. If you haven’t done the work and you do a bad audition, I think that’s where it’s hard to come back from because you haven’t put the effort. But I think if you did your best and worked hard on it and actually bothered to try to earn what you may get, which is getting the job, I think you’re fine. Just moving on—I think it’s a learning process.”

Use auditions as an opportunity to hone your craft.
“[Auditioning] definitely helped me exercise my instrument. You know, get used to it and you sort of learn from it massively and it’s a good practice to have because if you’re not on set and acting, that’s a good opportunity to consider that as being work and a platform to learn from.”

Boutella strives to switch it up and show off her range.
“I’m fascinated by relationships when I read a script, of course, but I’m [also] fascinated by how much variation I can get. How can I challenge myself? I’m not looking to wear the same T-shirt in every film.”

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THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS – “Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure.” One of our favourite films from this year’s Cannes Film Festival back in May was Gaspar Noé’s superb horror-musical (yes) Climax. I remember sitting in a cinema on the Croisette early on a Sunday morning waiting for the delights the Irreversible and Love filmmaker had in store for us this time. We were not disappointed in the slightest. Well, a Climax UK release date has now been confirmed by Arrow Films for this September following a UK debut at August horror festival FrightFest. It is the closing night gala at the annual event on August 27th.

Climax UK release date confirmed

Following a troupe of eclectic and diverse performers coming together in a grungy rehearsal space to prepare for a US tour, Climax introduces us one by one via the dancer’s straight-to-camera audition tapes. Gay, straight, black, lesbian, Hispanic, multi-national twenty-somethings, they captivate individually while seamlessly blending into a hypnotic collective in a dazzling dance number, electrifyingly shot with cinematographer, and regular Noé collaborator, Benôit Debie‘s contortionist camerawork.

Post-performance, the after-party begins, Emmanuelle (Claude Gajan Maull) serves up some sangria and Daddy (Kiddy Smile) hits the decks as they gradually relax and reveal their innermost thoughts, desires, cravings, their last chance to really relax before they hit the road on tour. Everyone of either sex wants to hook up with David (Romain Guillermic), and he’s very willing to play along, despite Selva (Sofia Boutella), who has no idea of his inclination, and Ivana (Sharleen Temple) and Gazelle (Thea Carla Schott) are having serious couple issues. There’s Rocket (Kendall Mugler), the queen of high heel dancing and a brother and sister duo veering between protective and promiscuous. Soon reality starts to slip out of focus and the nightmare begins. The celebratory punch-bowl has been spiked with hallucinogens and the real trip is about to begin, as some descend on a hellish odyssey to psychosis and others orgiastically reach euphoric heights.

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