For some, getting a haircut is an annual event involving multiple inspirational photos, a well-researched stylist and, perhaps most importantly, a salon appointment. Elodie Yung is not one of those people. The French-Cambodian actress, who stars as Elektra Natchios in Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix, made a quick decision in June to chop her hair from layered waves to a sophisticated bob while sauntering through the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
“It was a bit crazy, but sometimes it’s good to follow your impulse!” she says, admitting the unplanned visit, and non-vetted stylist, was made off a hunch of good vibes and that effortless je ne sais quoi allure Parisians are known for possessing.
After years of elbow grazing hair full of thick extensions for the role of badass seductress Elektra, Yung, who cut her teeth opposite Rooney Mara in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, welcomed her sudden new style (now a full six inches shorter than her last)—although admits to having no idea the cut would have such a drastic effect on her overall style.
“I now feel drawn to more edgy pieces,” she says of her recent fashion statements, which includes a sheer and corseted Diorfrock that she paired with hot orange eyeshadow, her piece-y micro-bob brushed up and back, for the show’s New York premiere. “I don’t want to look too pretty anymore—I want to take more risks!”
Apart from fashion, Yung is no stranger to risk-taking. In fact, the lawyer-turned-actress also has a black belt in martial arts. “It’s something I’ve [studied] for years,” she says of the art, “and it’s definitely [helped] me pick up tough choreography.” Although her fighting days are behind her, she insists, Yung has taken up a new sculpting exercise to help stay in shape: Pottery. In addition to strength-training, cardio, and yoga, she makes sure to grab time by the urn because, she says, “it helps with my arms!” Proof that you can find strength—and a great new cut—in the most unpredictable places.