January 20, 2012 10:29am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Chuck's' Yvonne Strahovski Teases 'Tragedy' for the Series Finale, Cast Would Do a Movie
There are only two episodes left with Team Bartowksi, sorry, Carmichael Industries on NBC's Chuck. And from what I hear, it’s going to end very unexpectedly.
“I think fans will be surprised where the story goes from this point on,” Yvonne Strahovski, who plays super spy Sarah, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It surprised me when I picked up the scripts and read them. I didn’t expect it at all.”
Strahovski, 29, wrapped Chuck on Dec. 7 and already has several projects planned. Aside from signing on to a racy Sobe campaign at its spokesmodel, she’s preparing to start production next month on I, Frankenstein costarring Aaron Eckhart and her movie with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, My Mother’s Curse, will hit theatres in November.
THR spoke to the Australian actress about what we can expect as Chuck reaches its finale and what she’s planning for the future.
In the new Sobe Campaign, you’re naked and covered with paint. What was that like?
Yvonne Strahovski: It was actually pretty cool. I have to say it was kind of liberating. The artist works on you for about six hours. It’s a hand-painted custom design. I was going to say outfit, but…it’s not really an outfit. It is and it isn’t. You kind of feel like you’re wearing something, even though it’s just paint. It was really cool. We shot in Miami. It was like a little mini holiday. We were doing it to launch New SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water and the three new flavors that they’re launching. It was fun and there are more photos actually coming out in Sports Illustrated on February 14th, I believe. There will be a nice spread in there.
Your movie, Killer Elite, was just got released on DVD. and you actually use your own accent. Does that make the acting easier when you don’t have to concentrate on having an American accent like on Chuck?
Strahovski: You know, it’s funny. I guess in theory that would make sense, but because I’ve been doing the American accent for so long, it’s been five years now, that it was kind of weird actually, to do my own accent. In fact, I had to sort of remind myself to not do the American accent because it comes out so naturally now. So, it was almost more effort at the beginning to speak in my own natural way. I’m not used to doing that on camera.
Chuck wrapped in early-December. What was that like for you?
Strahovski: Oh man, it was an emotional roller coaster. I have to say, it was really…I don’t know if I’ve gotten through any interviews talking about the end of the show without tearing up. It was really, really emotional. I knew it would be. I just didn’t expect that it would be that much. After five years, you become a family. You go through highs and lows together. It’s like you’re blood related. So, when it came to the end it was like, it was like tearing a Band-Aid off, it was kind of sudden once you got to that last scene. It’s interesting now that we’ve all walked away and you sort of figure out, well, I saw all these people every single day and now it’s going to be my choice to keep seeing these people and the friendships that I’ve made. There was a lot of emotion.
There’s lots of baby talk going on between Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah. Is that the next logical step for the couple?
Strahovski: I would say it’s a pretty logical step, yeah. I’m sure if we had Season 6 we would go into baby land. That would be the natural progression in my mind.
Part 1 of the two-hour finale is titled “Chuck Verus Sarah.” What’s going on there?
Strahovski: Yeah, I guess I can say that something is taken away from Chuck. That’s very cryptic isn’t it? It’ll make sense when you watch it. Something is sort of taken away and it causes us to name an episode “Chuck versus Sarah.” I’ll put it that way.
What can fans look forward to as the series winds up?
Strahovski: It’s definitely going to keep people sort of sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering how this is going to finish up, or is it going to finish up in a good or a bad way. It’s quite heartfelt and there is sort of an element of tragedy somewhat leading up to the finale. It will all make sense when you watch it.
What are the chances of a Chuck movie?
Strahovski: There are always more stories to tell. I’m sure that if that idea came up, I’m sure most if not all of the cast members would probably be up to doing something like that. We love each other. We’re such a close-knit group and the crew as well. So, it’s a real community that we’ve created amongst ourselves and the fans. So, I think if it was in the cards, I think we’d all be up for it.
Aside from the relationships, what are you taking away career-wise from Chuck?
Strahovski: It’s just been such a thrilling, sort of, training ground in a way. To be on a one-hour drama like what Chuck is, you really learn how to get your job done and get it done in a timely manner and be on point. We work 15-hour days. You really have to be prepared and know what you’re doing. I think it’s probably the best sort of practice training ground that I’ve had ever.
Chuck airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC
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