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.
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
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.
Elodie Yung says she would love to dig deep into her character, Elektra Natchios, in the upcoming seasons of “The Defenders”.
The 36-year-old actor says she believes that Elektra needs to be analysed more and hopes that the character collides with Daredevil soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I really like Elektra. It just feels unfinished. She’s done all of that, and now what? Where is she? And he’s alive. It would be interesting to explore (her relationship with Daredevil) again, especially after what just happened. But we have to see what Marvel will do with her. I have no clue,” Yung says.
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