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Olga Kurylenko’s Hot Complex [August/September 2010]

Hottest Olga on the Planet? With apologies to the lovely ladies at, we’re going to give the crown to Ms. Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko. And before you go calling that faint praise, dig this: Olga’s hotness is well rounded (of course, it’s not the only thing about her that is). She speaks five languages, has no problem with being nude (if it’s done tastefully, of course), and has had enough combat training to beat up your favorite rapper’s favorite weed carrier. The 30-year-old Ukrainian’s next role is playing the bad (as in real bad) girl in this summer’s Centurion, and we got with her to talk about her ideal man, doing the splits, and being a badass. Cue your O-Face.

You’ve said that a funny and intellectually stimulating man turns you on, and that you don’t care about looks. That’s bull, right? Why do all beautiful women say that?

Olga Kurylenko: I have no idea. [Laughs.] I don’t know if everyone else is saying that, I’m just speaking about me. Imagine being with a boring person who has nothing to say? It’s not an exhibit; you don’t get a man to show him off. You get a man to have a good time with, so I don’t care about looks. [Laughs.]

Well, I know I’m funny, and I can always fake the ugly part.

Olga Kurylenko: I didn’t say you have to be ugly, I’m just saying that it’s not the first thing I’m going to go for. And of course, if the guy were very handsome, who would say no? It’s just like a cherry on a cake, but it’s not the important thing. I don’t get touched by pretty boys. [Laughs.]

Duly noted. So in Centurion, you play the leader of a band of soldiers, and of course you were a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace. Are you worried about being typecast as a badass?

Olga Kurylenko: Well, I never was worried, but suddenly I am! [Laughs.] I realize that when people meet me they think that I look very different than you see on screen. I really don’t look like a badass chick.

I guess that depends on your definition of “badass.” But you’ve had a ton of fight training for your action flicks. You could definitely kick some ass, right?

Olga Kurylenko: I don’t know if I can really kick ass. I’d only know if I found myself in a situation where I had to do it. I know that I’m pretty good at fighting because I did dancing when I was a kid, so I’m quite flexible.

Uh… [Stammers.] Have you always been like that?

Olga Kurylenko: When I was a kid, I came to the ballet school and did a split right away, without any heating. [Laughs.] You know, you usually have to heat…oh, I mean warm up! I’m sorry, I was thinking in French.

And now I can’t think straight. Last question: How does it feel to know that you’re the sexiest Olga on the planet?

Olga Kurylenko: I’m very pleased about it. Thank you very much. [Laughs.] Let’s be honest about it, what am I going to say, it’s the most horrible thing? No! Seriously, every girl secretly wants to hear about it. As long as my man thinks that, I’m very happy.

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