With Chuck nearing the end of its run on NBC this month, we spoke to star Yvonne Strahovski about wrapping up five seasons of the series alongside co-star Zachary Levi, her role in Killer Elite which hits home video this week, and what she has planned post-Chuck.
On bringing Chuck to a conclusion after five seasons:
Yvonne Strahovski: Yeah, it's really emotional and I'm glad we got the time to build up and the writers got to write the whole season leading up to the series finale the way they wanted to, rather than just having the plug pulled on us. We're going out our way and we got the chance to say goodby and milk the time for what it was worth with each other and I can't believe it's over [laughs]. It's definitely made me cry, for sure, a lot in the last few days of shooting.
On getting the ending that she wanted for her character, secret agent Sarah Walker-Bartowski:
I felt really lucky to have played a character like Sarah. I got touch on so many different genres like, Chuck has been a part of the spy stuff and the action stuff as well as the drama, comedy, and romance. So I've just had a great journey. [Sarah] started off as the spy who wasn't very good at expressing her emotions and now, through Chuck, through falling in love and getting married, she's sort of become a more normal person and able to bridge the gap between normal life and spy life.
And in one of the previous episodes that aired, meeting her mother, played by Cheryl Ladd, that was a great sort of piece of the puzzle for me—it sort of made everything make sense up until this point.
On the appeal of her role as "Anne," girlfriend to the retired mercenary played by Jason Statham in Killer Elite:
Yvonne Strahovski: Well, I thought it was pretty interesting that she was pretty much the only female in the movie and she was sort of the heart of the movie as well. With all of this action going on, there was this love story happening between Anne and Danny and I really liked that about it—that it's the heart of the movie.
And I also got to play a character with an Australian accent and she lives in Australia, and of course, work with Jason Statham awesome as well as Robert De Niro who signed onto the movie which a real sort of bonus. I think a lot of actors would want to work with Robert De Niro and I feel really luck to have done that already.
On being the only character not toting a gun in the movie:
Yvonne Strahovski: I felt really good about that because A., it's a change from what I'm used to on the set of Chuck, and B., the story needed to have a softer side to it—it makes it not just an action movie but a love story as well.
On keeping busy post-Chuck:
Yvonne Strahovski: Well, I feel like I'm already busy. Straight after shooting, I flew to Miami and shot the SoBe Lifewater campaign—they're launching new SoBe Lifewater with coconut—so I've just done a photo shoot (mildly NSFW) for that which is going to appear in Sports Illustrated in February. And then, I'm going to Australia to shoot a movie with Aaron Eckhart, doing I, Frankenstein, so that's coming up real soon. And My Mother's Curse, which is a movie that I shot last year coming out in November this year—that's one I did with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen.
So yeah, it's been busy so far, it's keeping my emotions in check about Chuck.
You can catch Ms. Strahovski on Chuck Friday nights at 8 on NBC. Killer Elite is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD now.