Sophia Boutella Kicks Her Way to a Leading Role in Rebel Moon

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She frequently played the villain in action movies, and she wasn’t sure if she was ready to take the lead role. As a dancer with years of experience, she more enjoyed the role of an apprentice.

A woman in a black bustier with sheer elements stands amid palm trees and red flowers. She’s looking down at the camera.

Sofia Boutella has experienced home loss firsthand.

Boutella was born and reared in Algeria, but as the country entered a civil war at the age of ten, she and her family moved to Paris.

Her role as Kora, a mystery woman who has been ripped from her previous existence and must start a new one in a community on a distant moon, in Zack Snyder’s science fiction epic “Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire,” is based on that formative event. She is currently 41 years old. Similar to Kora, Boutella is aware of the sacrifices and rewards associated with such a trip.

Boutella explained, “When you remove yourself from your country of origin, something very powerful happens.” “I don’t feel like I fit into any certain area. However, I also have a strong sense of belonging to this planet and a connection to it overall.

Boutella danced before pursuing acting; as a young kid, she took ballet lessons in Algiers and, as she continued to study ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop in France, she began to feel somewhat stable. She also attempted rhythmic gymnastics and played on the national team of her new homeland for a year.

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She started traveling the world as a dancer for a Nike Women’s campaign when she was 19 years old. She soon got a job as a stage dancer for Madonna, which changed her life and made it possible for her to work with Rihanna and Usher.

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When Madonna first met Boutella, “I was a tomboy.” “I got my first pair of heels from her.”

PictureA woman wearing a beige cloak in a movie scene points a weapon that looks futuristic at something that is off screen.
Boutella plays “Rebel Moon’s” enigmatic protagonist, Kora.Give credit…Netflix/Clay Enos

Boutella pursued her passion of becoming a theater actor during her breaks from touring, first studying with the renowned Elizabeth Kemp in Paris and then at the Stella Adler institute in Los Angeles.

However, the role that marked her breakthrough as an actor was one of extreme action: in the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” she played Gazelle, the deadly henchman played by Samuel L. Jackson who had blades for feet. Other action parts followed, such as the lead role in the 2017 film “The Mummy” and the co-spy role in Charlize Theron’s 2017 film “Atomic Blonde.”

Then “Rebel Moon” appeared; it will be available to stream on Netflix on Thursday. Boutella was excited and nervous at the same time when she got a callback to play Kora. “At first, I was scared because all I wanted was to perform well, and I felt inspired to be directed by Zack Snyder,” the woman remarked.

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