Whatever your opinion of Luc Besson as a filmmaker or screenwriter, it is difficult to deny he’s long had a je ne said quoi for creating memorable female characters. Consider Mathilda, the precocious pre-teen assassin’s apprentice, played so seductively by Natalie Portman in Léon (a.k.a. The Professional), which launched the actress’s career in 1994. But at least for me, one of Besson’s most fanciful, fiercest, and most uncompromisingly bad-ass action anti-heroines was the dystopian Banlieue gang leader, Tao—a comparatively minor character, played by Elodie Yung, at the time an unknown actress, in Besson’s rather less than critically acclaimed 2009 District 13 sequel.
While Yung only appears for the final twenty minutes of the movie, she steals the show hands down, with a stylishly feral sangfroid, sinister intensity, and a boldly confident sensuality. Her hair piled into a messy bun—or when she let it down, her thick braided locks flourished as a lethal weapon with a steel razor fastened to the end—her face and forehead, neck and forearms are adorned with an indecipherable arabesque of black tattoos. And she is utterly convincing as a shrewd, charismatic sociopath for whom killing is a everyday event, and hand-to-hand combat very much her idea of pleasure. Chilling to be sure, but rarely has bad, on the big screen, looked half so good. Continue reading New interview to Monrowe Magazine
French-Cambodian actress Elodie Yung has a long history of kicking butt; she earned her black belt in karate as a teenager, fought off two attackers while living in Paris at the age of 14, and has gone on to play the beautiful and dangerous Elektra in Netflix’s The Defenders. Her new film, the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is playing in theaters now.
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After earning a law degree in Paris where she was born and raised, Élodie Yung realized that she wanted to pursue her lifelong passion of acting, instead. That led her to study theater and earn a degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Meanwhile, she cultivated her karate skills, going back to 2004.
Yung booked work right out of school — first, as a recurring character in the serial drama “La Vie Devant Nous” and then, in the highly-regarded drama “Fragile(s),” which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. That led to what would be her breakout roles as Laura Maurier in the French TV series “Les Bleus,” and as the female lead in the feature film “District 13 Ultimatum,” where she showcased her extensive martial arts skills. Continue reading Élodie Yung stars in The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie
The Hand has been after the Black Sky ever since Marvel and Netflix launched their partnership with Daredevil, and the ancient organization finally got their wish in the form of Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung). But it’s as the old saying goes: Be careful what you wish for.
Over the course of Marvel’s The Defenders, Elektra evolves from a singularly focused killing machine into an even deadlier version of the assassin who fell in love with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. In the sixth episode of the event series, Elektra makes her independence known through two brutal acts: first killing Stick (Scott Glenn), the man who raised her like a daughter for much of her life, and later killing Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), the woman who raised her from the dead. From there, Elektra wields her role as the prophesied leader of the Hand in unexpected ways, pursuing the secrets to immortality as a means of staying alive forever with her precious “Matthew.” Continue reading The Defenders: Elodie Yung on Elektra’s shocking comeback
Elektra Natchios is a dangerous character. Audiences got a hint of that during the second season of Daredevil, but Netflix’s The Defenders revealed that she’s not just dangerous, she’s outright deadly and fairly hard to kill. Now, actress Elodie Yung is opening up the character’s future.
In the final moments of season, Elektra and Daredevil remain in the caves below The Hand’s Midland Circle office building knowing that the whole thing is about to blow and kill them, death being something Elektra seems more than ready for. However, it’s revealed that Matt survived the explosion and resulting collapse and in an interview with THR, Yung revealed that she’d like to see Elektra come back as well. Continue reading Elodie Yung on whether Elektra will return to Netflix’s
In the sixth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders, the resurrected Black Sky remembered her identity and literally stabbed the Hand leader Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) in the back, effectively ending Alexandra’s reign and taking control of the remaining Fingers for herself.
But Elektra never wanted to run the Hand. All she wanted was to be free, as showrunner Marco Ramirez put it, and to be free with Matt (Charlie Cox). By the end of the series, she accomplishes the latter as Midland Circle crumbles around her and Daredevil, presumably crushing both of them underneath — until it turns out Matt survived. So what’s next for the sai-wielding ex-girlfriend of the Man Without Fear? Below, EW spoke with the French actress to look back on her most memorable scenes. Continue reading he Defenders: Elodie Yung on Elektra’s fate, killing off