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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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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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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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NY POST – Like a contortionist, Algerian dancer-turned-actress Sofia Boutella twists into extreme positions. When the B-girl was busting moves with Madonna on two tours and three music videos, she could spin a handstand on one palm, pike freeze and do the gravity-defying Matrix.

 

Boutella’s speed and agility came in handy when it was time to film an epic fight scene in “Hotel Artemis,” one of two sci-fi movies she stars in this spring. “We made the sequences as long as we possibly could, and it was rough,” the sculpted 36-year-old tells Alexa during a recent interview at an East Village restaurant. Boutella plays a sultry French assassin in the action flick, debuting June 8, alongside Sterling K. Brown (a love interest from the underworld) and Jodie Foster (a nurse who runs a hospital for criminals).

 

“I did all the stunts myself except for the front flip,” says the petite dynamo, whose character takes out eight thugs in a hallway with ferocious kicks, furious elbow strikes, her teeth, a metal pipe and a handful of surgical tools. “I insisted that I take hits. I wanted blood on my face, I wanted to be sweaty, I wanted it to be more and more grim.”

 

Five years into her acting career, Boutella is a big-screen heroine with sexy swagger. Hollywood has embraced her fierce physicality, mysterious beauty and lilting English (French is her first language). After her breakout performance as a blade-legged henchwoman in the 2014 action flick “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the Los Angeles-based artist landed a series of high-profile parts in blockbusters.

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11 Jun 2018
By AliKat • 1Gallery Update, Photoshoot

Sofia did a new collaboration with Keean Johnson.

 

 

 

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