Category: Photoshoot

Press/Gallery: Sofia Boutella on Her 5-Year Journey to Hollywood

For Bazaar’s 15th Anniversary Issue, Dance-Turned-Actress Sofia Boutella Discusses Learning English with Madonna to Acting Alongside Jodie Foster

 

 

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) – After a long day of work, Sofia Boutella does what many of us do—exchange the day’s ensemble for a trusty pair of sweats. Hers just happen to be a personal gift from Madonna. “She gave me these on my first tour with her,” Boutella, a former professional dancer, explains of the black tracksuit she slips into after wrapping her photo shoot with BAZAAR. “They’re still my favourite comfy clothes,” she shares, completing the off-duty look with a pair of classic Doc Martens. What else would you expect from a terpsichorean, who had just spent the entire day leaping and pirouetting in the heat around downtown Los Angeles?

 

Boutella makes the cover of BAZAAR Malaysia’s 15th Anniversary Issue, which, coincidentally, is exactly how long it’s been since Her Madgesty gifted her the tracksuit. Although she was born in Algeria and raised in France, it was in Los Angeles where Boutella was thrusted into rehearsal upon booking her first gig with Madonna. She was thrilled, of course, but she knew she was standing at the foot of an enormous learning curve. There was choreography to master, the physical demands of a worldwide tour to prepare her body for, and—no big deal—she needed to learn English. “I struggled to understand what everybody was saying, but I had to learn very fast,” she recalls, speaking now in near-perfect English glazed with a French accent. “It was incredible to be thrown into that world. Watching Madonna work, I learned so much.” And learn she did; applying that same energy and passion on set as she would on stage over the years. Case in point: her bold, electrifying dance moves, which seemed to juxtapose against Louis Vuitton’s 18th-century inspired Spring/Summer ’18 collection. Even in a brocade tailcoat (the same one French first lady Brigitte Macron was spotted in, just a few days before our shoot), she keeps it on point—literally, on her toes, dancing through the streets of Vernon.

 

In a world of Insta-fame, Boutella’s career path is a timely reminder of the pay-offs that come with persistence, staying true to oneself, and trusting time. Her first on-screen appearance came in 2002, when she played—surprise!—a dancer in the French movie Le Défi. She loved the experience and enrolled in acting classes, taking on a few more projects in Paris. In the beginning, “it wasn’t that much,” she says. “In the span of four years, [I only had] maybe three or four projects.” She was pursuing dance at the same time, which began to demand more and more of her time. “I decided to devote myself to dance, focus on that, and not have my butt in two chairs,” she says of the conscious decision to shelve her acting ambitions. “The dancing that was required of me at the time was really intense because it required a ton of travel,” she adds. “I was always a suitcase away from any place.”

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Press/Gallery: Sofia Boutella Gives Us a Lesson on Chic Hairstyles to Wear on Repeat

 

VOGUE ARABIA – French-Algerian actor Sofia Boutella teams up with fellow French-Algerian hairstylist Nabil Harlow, Balmain Hair Couture’s creative director, to offer us a head-turning lesson on chic hairstyles to wear on repeat this season.

 

THINK STRAIGHT

 

 

Crops are back. For a chic take on the trend, create poker-straight hair using a flat iron. Lightly work argan oil into the locks to smooth frizz and add shine.

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Gallery: GQ Men of the Year Party and More

 
 

 

 

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Gallery: GQ Photoshoot & Scans

Sofia was named as one of 2017’s Breakout Stars and had two great photos!

 

 

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Gallery: Two Events and a Photoshoot from this Week

Thanks to Emily for some of the photoshoot pics.

 

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Gallery/Video: A Multi-Talent Styling In The Field For Flaunt’s ‘Eternal’ Issue

 

FLAUNT – Dancer, model, and actress Sofia Boutella is a triple-threat star from Algeria. She has appeared in Nike ad campaigns, won Battle of the Year in 2006 with her hip-hop dance squad the Vagabond Crew (also toured with Madonna and appeared in Rihanna and Michael Jackson music videos as a dancer), and appeared in films like Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond, and, most recently, 2017’s The Mummy.

 

Here, she rocks luxury looks in this feature from our Eternal issue.

 

 

 

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Gallery: Update

Sorry for the lack of updates but Sofia has been mostly filming so until the BluRay of The Mummy was released I didn’t have much to update. But I have added some scans, photoshoot, and movie stills as well as The Mummy BluRay HQ screencaps.

 




 

 

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Gallery: 2012 Photoshoot

I found an exclusive photo shoot from 2012 when Sofia was promoting Street Dance 2 in Canada.

 

   
 

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Press: Iris Covet Book Interview

IRIS COVET BOOK – Positioned to take the main stage with two summer flicks set to be box office smashes, playing opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy and alongside Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, Sofia Boutella is ready for her close-up.

 

 

Photography by Ellen Von Unwerth | Styling by Deborah Afshani | Art Direction by Louis Liu | Editor Marc Sifuentes | Interview by Dustin Mansyur | Dress by J GERARD

 

Sofia Boutella is about to blow out the candle on a chocolate lava cake served up graciously by the pastry team at Chateau Marmont. Glasses of champagne are lined up across a low wooden table, ready to serve. Swarthy and saturnine, Boutella sweeps her dark locks to one side and leans over the cake, pausing momentarily as she closes her eyes to make a wish, before extinguishing the flame with a flash of her infectious smile. “Bravo!” everyone cheers while Sofia flits a bashful round of thanks. The celebration is actually impromptu during a lunch break, and Sofia is on-set for a photoshoot with Ellen Von Unwerth at the famed West Hollywood hotel. Birthday or no birthday, embodying a femme fatale for a crème-de-la-femme celebrity photographer is all in a day’s work for Boutella, who’s poised to unleash her prowess with two movies in this summer’s highly-anticipated release of Alex Kurtzman’s latest installment of The Mummy and David Leitch’s spy thriller, Atomic Blonde. Maintaining her coquettish sensuality while kicking ass is a razor wire that Boutella jetes upon with ease, even if it involves otherworldly makeup or taking a punch on set.

 

Hailing from Algiers, the ingénue actress is actually a multi-faceted artist who began her career as an internationally-acclaimed dancer, enrolling in classical dance education at the age of 5. Later, when her family moved to France, Sofia continued dancing, adding rhythmic gymnastics to her education, and joining the French national team by the age of 18. In 2006, with her dance troupe The Vagabond Crew, Boutella went on to win the World Championship Hip Hop Battle, making her an undeniable force in the world of dance. With several smaller film and commercial appearances already under her belt, she made a breakout appearance in a series of iconic Nike campaigns choreographed by legendary choreographer and creative director, Jamie King. Quickly garnering the interest of several high-profile musicians, Boutella found herself dancing for Madonna, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher and many others. Breaking out on the big screen, her most recent film appearances include Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond co-starring Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, alongside Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Here IRIS Covet Book shares a conversation with the blockbuster beauty about lesbian love scenes and mystic monsters with heart.

 

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