Behind the scenes of ‘Chuck vs. the Sizzling Shrimp’
Can you tell us about that moment of breaking Hollywood?
"My managers called and told me, ‘The Chuck people have just seen your Chuck tape and they want to meet you.’ They asked me to test and I didn’t know what that meant but I said, ‘Yes!’ Three days later I had a job. I couldn’t believe it. I remember driving out of the gates of NBC and calling Dad and saying ‘I don’t think I’m coming home because I’ve got a job.’ I’m so grateful for how it happened. I did my waitressing years here in Sydney, not in LA [laughs].
You were one of the actresses targeted last month during the theft and release of nude photos and you made a statement at the time on Twitter, which said in part: “It is with great sadness and disappointment that I address this hacking issue. To my fellow actresses whose privacy has been invaded––my heart goes out to you.” How do you feel about the situation now?
"My feelings are still the same. At the end of the day, it’s such a criminal act and it’s a disappointment. I don’t really understand why someone would do something like that and I know that it’s now in the hands of the FBI. It’s a very serious matter. It’s no different to someone coming into your home and stealing your belongings or your most prized possessions, photographs, family photos, bank statements––it’s all the same.
Where is home these days?
"I feel like I have three homes. Home here [in Sydney] with Mum and Dad––always––and home in LA with my dog Chazzie and then home in Poland where the rest of my family is. So I’ve got three bases in the world, which is nice but can be a little confusing at times!"
What’s coming up for you?
"I’m doing a film at the end of the year with Adrien Brody called Manhattan Nocturne. I’m also in a 10-part miniseries called The Astronaut Wives Club based on a book about the wives of the astronauts from the ’60s. It’s a real female ensemble, which is great and I get to work with Josh Schwartz again––he produced Chuck. I play Rene Carpenter, who was married to Scott Carpenter. She is in her 80s now and lives in Colorado."
(Full disclosure: I went to the same high school as Yvonne Strahovski for four years. I recall she was cast in the lead for The Wiz and I made the cut as a munchkin. Driven and showing star power at 15, Strahovski was smart, warm and talented then and certainly seems the same now.)
Full Australian Instyle Interview here: [Source]
Full disclosure. the end bit is my best bit.
@ErinLCummings: The cast of #AstronautWivesClub @ABC went on a #SwampTour while filming in #NewOrleans. #alligator #swamp #airboat #NOLA
How do you feel about the way the media covered the hacking story?
Well, it’s a fine line between reporting on something that’s happened versus exploiting something that’s happened at the expense of people’s privacy. The bottom line is it’s a criminal act and these people are invading people’s privacy.
What compelled you to put out that quite classy response on social media?
Actors are public figures and when you’re put in that unfortunate position you sort of do feel like you need to say something. I think people appreciated it.
Will you be catching up with family here in Australia?
My whole family lives in Poland so it’s just Mum and Dad here in Sydney so it’s nice to see them. I haven’t seen Mum for a year and a half.
Congratulations on Astronauts Wives Club.
It’s a ten part miniseries which is really great. It’s a real lady, her name is Rene Carpenter and she was the wife of (Scott Carpenter, Mercury astronaut) back in the 60s. I’ll be in New Orleans for five months (shooting). I’ve read the first three episodes and I love the writing.
And it’s not an action role …
No guns! I’m really excited by that.
I understand you used to be addicted to sugar?
Yes (laughs) One day as a kid I tried chocolate and fell in love. It went beyond your regular chocolate sugary addiction, I mean I could eat a litre of Nutella a week easily and on top of that packets of Tim Tams and boxes of chocolate. I finally decided to go cold turkey. It’s been four years now and it’s just dramatically improved my skin, my energy, everything.
How did you start surfing in your new home town of Malibu?
I’m embarrassed to say I grew up scared of the ocean and the water. I was heading down to the beach with a girlfriend and she insisted I meet her other two girlfriends who are surfer girls … and the next thing I’m go I’ll just give it a go for fun. The second I felt that feeling of standing up and catching an actual wave I was hooked. It’s just a great feeling.
Rest of Herald Sun interview here: [Source]
Yvonne Strahovski photographed by Luke Stambouliah (2011)
uplink2 reblogged your photo and added:
Great shot. I wonder where it is from?
The hair is deceiving but actually it’s an old photoshoot from 2008.
The Astronaut Wives Club: A Little More Info (and filming began last week).
The pilot episode, is aptly titled “Launch.”
The episode is being directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), who replaced Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook,” “Face/Off”) in August after the series slipped to 2015.
Yvonne Strahovski, who is perhaps best known for her prior roles as Sarah Walker on NBC’s “Chuck” and Kate Morgan on Fox’s “24: Live Another Day,” is Rene Carpenter, the wife of Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter, portrayed by Wilson Bethel (CW’s “Hart of Dixie).
Additional cast members are expected to be announced as “The Astronaut Wives Club” grows to include spouses of the Gemini and Apollo astronauts. Originally, ABC had scheduled the series to premiere this year focused only on the Mercury 7, but the ten episodes underwent a creative change, resulting in the growing cast and its air date being pushed to next year.
ABC is also hiring a local dance instructor to teach cast members 1950’s-style twist dancing.
Filming of “Astronaut Wives Club is expected to continue through February.
FYI: Wilson is expected to star in 8 of the 10 episodes. Read into that what you will.
i’m sure i’m the only person on the face of the planet that finds this even remotely interesting, but anyway.
“Your article’s going to be titled ‘An interview with Yvonne Strahovski’s parents … and Yvonne Strahovski’” laughs Yvonne Strahovski. It’s not the worst suggestion in the world.
To paint the picture, press tours typically take place in hotels. Not unlike the famous scene in Notting Hill, the star (or stars) sit in one room while representatives of various media outlets are rotated through in quick succession. Prior to their window, the journalists sit in a well-catered second hotel room. Atypically on this occasion the holding room does not contain other journalists, but Peter and Bozena Strzechowski, Yvonne’s mum and dad (she changed her name to the phonetic spelling when she joined the cast of Chuck).
Yvonne’s father is an electronic engineer and her mother is a lab technician, but today they are patiently awaiting her release from interrogation. And while they wait, they spill the beans. In fact, they gush. They may be Australia’s proudest parents.
“What did they tell you?” asks a concerned Yvonne as our interview begins. Like any other Australian, there is a palpable fear that Mum or Dad could leave her screaming “how embarrassment!” – kind of like Effie in Acropolis Now.
What didn’t they tell us? For her HSC drama piece, a 17-year-old Yvonne reduced the room to tears with a performance based on Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice, including her mum (but not Mr Strzechowski, who apparently never cries). The pair were extras in an episode of Chuck in season two, hanging out with Nicole Richie off camera. Now, wherever Yvonne is, the family have long meals together, via Skype with a screen propped up on the table – as her parents have dinner, Yvonne eats breakfast.
Oh, and Bozena tells me she tried to talk Yvonne out of being an actress, suggesting she could have been a biologist or physicist instead. “They’re admitting to it now?” laughs Yvonne. “I did get that speech. They did say ‘Yvanka you will end up homeless and not have money’ and in many ways they were right I am a little bit homeless all the time. Obviously it’s a hard industry to be in this acting thing.”
Now she’s focused on New Orleans. Before shooting a movie in New York at the end of the year (Manhattan Nocturn with Adrian Brody), she will star in Astronaut Wives Club. “It’s a ten-part miniseries, based on a book about the wives of the astronauts in the ’60s. For the first time I am playing a lady who is actually alive: Rene Carpenter [wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter]! She’s in her eighties and lives in Colorado now.”
The series marks a reunion with Chuck producer Josh Schwartz. “It’s him and his writing partner Stephanie Savage. It’s beautifully written. I’ve read the first three.”
Rest of Interview here: [TIMEOUT]
so, obviously her parents are adorable nerds as well, how could they not be right?