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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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Thanks so much to Michelle Rodriguez Daily for sending me these scans! Sofia looks so beautiful!!

 

  
 

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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
By AliKat • 0Admin


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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Sofia was one of the many people in Thirty Second to Mar’s recent single “Rescue Me”.

 

 

 

 

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