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INT: Kristanna Loken

Interview 1: Kristanna Loken
Interview 2: Stan Winston
Interview 3: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Interview 4: Nick Stahl/Claire Danes
Interview 5: Jonathan Mostow

It’s sequel time again, as Hollywood gears up for the July 4th release of the highly-anticipated TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES. Once again, Arnold returns to help John Connor and the rest of mankind stave off the computer-initiated nuclear annihilation of Judgment Day. 

This time around, however, it looks like the machines have finally wised up, sending their latest indestructible killing machine in the form of a hot blonde chick. Played by newcomer Kristanna Loken, the T-X (or “Terminatrix”, for fans of S&M subtext) is stronger, smarter, and has a better rack than the T-1000 that tormented Arnold & the gang the last time around, in T-2. With the amount of ass-kicking her character does in this film, Loken is poised to join Lara Croft, Trinity and Seven of Nine in the Sci-fi Geeks’ Dreamgirl Hall of Fame.

In person, the six-foot tall blonde looked a little leaner than the Amazon killing machine she plays in the film. That, combined with a slight slouch (no doubt a remnant from those awkward six-foot teenage supermodel days) made her a lot less intimidating. Dressed casually in sweats and a t-shirt, she seemed very much like a Maxim cover girl – you know the type: supermodel looks combined with a penchant for beer, team sports and chubby, balding men. I don’t know why I felt this way; perhaps it was the Maxim sitting in front of me – courtesy of Warner Brothers - that featured her on the cover.

We talked for a while about Terminators, mime training and, of course, Arnold. Check it out:

KRISTANNA LOKEN

Did your work as a model help prepare you for the role of a robot?

It’s interesting that people somehow have me as this great model.  I started acting at 13, and started studying and pursuing that career path.  My mom had been a model, and she suggested it as a good way to save up money for college.  I did a little bit of modeling, but it was never really my forte.  It was never really a major part of my life.  I don’t want to downplay it – I think it was a great opportunity for me and it helped me to be comfortable in front of a still camera, but I think it had very little to do with building this character.

You seem a bit of a tomboy.  Are you a sports fan?

Well, I grew up on a farm and spent a lot of time outdoors. I rode horses. I was never much into organized sports, actually. I like baseball, though. 

Equestrian isn’t any easy sport.

It’s not, but it brings me a lot of freedom; it’s empowering. I’ve done a lot of very grueling ride trips all over the world. 

That must keep you in shape.

It does. Absolutely.

Do you find time to longer trips, with all of the work you’ve been doing?

I haven’t done one since 2001, but hopefully soon I’ll do another one.  The last one I did was in Namibia, Africa - 300 miles over 10 days.  It was pretty intense.

Did Arnold give you any tips on playing a Terminator?

Not really. He kinda did his thing, and I did my thing. I definitely learned a lot by watching. Of course he’s done the character twice before. But my character is different, so I did my own thing.

How did you prepare for the role?

I had a nutritionalist. I put on about 15 lbs. of muscle mass, because I wanted to get bigger for the role. I did weapons training. I studied Krav Maga, which is an Israeli form of martial arts that they teach the military. I also worked with a mime coach.

The mime training was huge. That was an intrinsic part of my training.  It was really the icing on the cake. They work a lot with building up internal energy and having body control, always kind of working against an external energy, alienating different muscle groups and allowing them to move independently of one another.

Being connected to your physicality is a huge part of acting. I think a lot of people don’t realize that.  It’s an interesting test for me in this film. As you know, I say very little, on a need-to-know basis. It involved a lot creating everything with a lot of detachment.

You do have emotional moments, though.

I really liked that aspect, which is new for this character – using the sensory relation of  taste to process information.  I liked to play with that, to take you out of that aggressive killing side and bring you into more of a compassionate side – you gotta almost feel for her, in some way. 

But not too much.  If you’re gonna cheer for a guy beating up a woman in a movie, you’ve really gotta hate her.

That’s true. But, in those moments, you do get taken out of that aggressive, killing aspect. I had a lot of fun with those moments.

You came out to Hollywood at a pretty young age. Do you still keep in touch with the family back home?

My parents have been such a support system for me, even though I moved out here when I was 16 and they’re 3000 miles away. They’ve always helped me to believe that I am enough for whatever I wanted to do. 

You mentioned you grew up on a farm. Can you milk a cow?

We didn’t have cows. It was a fruit farm.

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There you go. Next, I talked to the guy responsible for making Kristanna such a badass – special effects and makeup guru Stan Winston. Click below!

Interview 1: Kristanna Loken
Interview 2: Stan Winston
Interview 3: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Interview 4: Nick Stahl/Claire Danes
Interview 5: Jonathan Mostow
Source: JoBlo.com

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