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The Water Diviner - Olga Kurylenko talks appeal of role and Russell Crowe

The Water Diviner

Feature by Rob Carnevale

UKRAINIAN-born actress Olga Kurylenko has described the chance to star in Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner as the chance to stretch herself as an actress and try a genre she had never appeared in before.

Kurylenko is more commonly known as a femme fatale type, having appeared in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace as well as the thrillers Hitman and Max Payne.

But she stretched her dramatic muscles with roles in Oblivion and To The Wonder and now appears as a single mother attempting to raise an orphan son in post-First World War Turkey in Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

And speaking at a recent UK press conference for the movie, the actress outlined the many appealing factors about taking on the role.

“First of all it’s a beautifully written script, and my character was interesting to me.

“What attracted me – apart from the fact that Russell was directing – was the fact that it was a period drama, which was new for me. This character demanded lots of research, of course, learning Turkish, playing this woman from 100 years ago, from a different country, with different traditions and customs; to understand that world was really interesting.

“Her story and everything she goes through was really interesting in how it changes and develops her, and of course her relationship with Russell’s character had a lot of depth and paradoxes, and it was really interesting to get that.”