Pom Klementieff is not a household name in the U.S. just yet, but she'll soon be seen kicking Josh Brolin's butt in Spike Lee's remake of OLDBOY, which is certain to make an impression. The actress has also been in the French thriller SLEEPLESS NIGHT and will soon be seen playing a computer whiz in THE HACKERS.
Tell me a little about your background.
My mother is Korean and my father is Russian and French. I lived in Quebec, and Japan and Paris and now I live in L.A. I started acting when I was 19.
Is it something that you always wanted to do?
When I was little I think it was a dream, but I didn't really think about it. Many things started happening in my life that brought me to it. My father was always taking pictures of me when I was little. He died when I was 5-years-old.
You were in a pretty cool movie a few years ago called SLEEPLESS NIGHT.
Oh yeah, you saw it? It's actually thanks to that movie that I'm living in L.A. now. It's funny because it's a bit part, I don't really have any lines. I met Roy Lee, a producer, at the Toronto film festival and thanks to him I met a lot of people, he's my guardian angel.
And now you're in OLDBOY in a major role, which I believe a lot of actresses were up for.
Yes, Roy Lee told me about the role, and I auditioned for it. The original OLDBOY is one of my favorite movies and Spike Lee is one of my favorite directors, so I just had to get it.I started boxing while I was in Paris because the part required me to be physical, I trained a lot just for the audition.
Are you a villain in the film?
I'm not allowed to say a lot. I can say that I'm never very far from the villain.
And you like the original film?
Yes, it's such an honor to be in a re-interpretation of it. It's not a remake, it's vulgar to say remake. It's inspired by the same book that Park Chan-Wook's movie.
What's your favorite movie of all time?
Oh it's so hard to say. It depends on what age you are when you see the movie. I know that OLDBOY was one of the first movies I saw in the theater and I loved it. I also loved 25th HOUR by Spike.
What are some of the things you do when you're not working?
I like to watch my flowers grow. (Laughs) My hibiscus. I also like to go out with my friends. Also improving my skills as tae kwon do. I'm trying to come up with an original answer!
Are you more of a "going out with friends on the weekends" girl or do you prefer a quiet night in?
Both. I like to party but I also like to stay home and watch TV. I'm watching "The Newsroom" right now, Aaron Sorkin is so amazing. I like to watch "Girls" too. Lena Dunham is so talented and funny, she shows a side of girls that people don't see.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Hmm. Lena Dunham, I love her. She's great.
Thank you for your time! Good luck with everything!
Check out Pom on Twitter right HERE. All photos by Gilles Toucas.