Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

Olga Kurylenko talks ‘Oblivion,’ Iceland’s black desert and ‘Alien’ scaring her

Olga Kurylenko stars opposite Tom Cruise in the Sci-Fi film Oblivion, directed by Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski. Kurylenko openly discussed with Australia’s The National about being drawn to the film and working with Cruise.

oblivion-tom-cruise-olga-kurylenko“Even though we’ve seen post-apocalyptic films before, it was a very different story. It’s hard to come up with something new, and this was original. I was pleasantly surprised – finally, an original, interesting story. And, of course, I liked my character. There was romance involved. And I thought it was very beautifully described. It was, in a way, rather innocent. And, of course, the possibility of working with Tom Cruise was appealing.”

She discussed her bike scene in Iceland.

“We shot in this place where it’s just black sand. It’s like a black desert. Iceland is very green but that place was just flat, black sand. It’s astonishing – quite beautiful. And there are no roads. It’s weird when you can drive in any direction – just a big flat space.”

The Quantum of Solace star didn’t admit to being much of a Sci-Fi fan, but did share an early memory.

“I got terrified when I saw Alien. I was a kid, maybe 11. That was maybe one of the first Hollywood movies I saw. I saw it in my motherland, Ukraine, which was incredible because I didn’t really see movies then. We went to the movie theatre, which only played films once in a while, and that was on. I don’t know if that’s the first one I saw, but I got so scared. I was really young.”

Check out the full interview here

The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo.

Oblivion opens in theaters on April 19.


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