Olga Kurylenko on ‘Solace’ game
Perhaps no actor or actress better represents the convergence of Hollywood and video games better than Olga Kurylenko. The 29-year-old Ukranian beauty has already appeared in two recent movies based on games, sharing the screen with Tim Olyphant in last year’s Hitman and, more recently, with Mark Wahlberg in Max Payne. And in a few days, she will be seen in her biggest role yet: starring opposite Daniel Craig in the latest Bond adventure, Quantum of Solace. And in a casting move that brings her impressive career full circle, Kurylenko will lend her voice and likeness for her character, Camille, in the Quantum videogame, which just went on sale. We had a chance to sit down with the busy actress and discuss her own gaming background, why Hollywood likes videogames, and how to fake a skydive.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, did you play videogames growing up?
OLGA KURYLENKO: When I was a kid, we never had a videogame in my house. But my cousin did, and each time I went to her house I was able to play Tetris and Mario. Those were the only two games I played as a child. And once I started working I never had time. When you’re never home and traveling, you don’t play videogames.
Have you been keeping up on what they’re doing these days with videogames?
My friends play different games. I’m so far away from it, I don’t know all the games. Some of them play Wii Tennis, which is just like playing tennis in real life. There’s also The Sims, where you go and construct towns and play with people’s lives. And there?s one game, Brain Age 2, where you can compose music on Nintendo DS. That was interesting.
With Hitman and Max Payne, you’ve now starred in two big Hollywood movies based on games. What are your thoughts on the current wave of games going to the big screen?
It’s business. A lot of people love videogames and they play them. I know how addictive videogames are — I have friends who can’t get up off the couch because they’re so hooked. They provide these different virtual worlds that you can live in. If you make movies based on games, people will go. Hollywood knows it’s a good commercial opportunity.
Did you go back and prepare for any of your videogame film roles by playing the games?
Hitman really didn’t interest me at all. I was told it was based on a game, but I only read the script. I liked my part. I liked the kind of person I was going to portray and the feelings my character had. She wasn’t cold. As an actor, you don’t want to play a one-dimensional character. And then I found out that this character doesn’t exist in the videogame.