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
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.
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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.