On the long list of people who have been able to successfully swap the runway for a film set is Olga Kurylenko. The French-Ukrainian model and actress made a name for herself as a teenage model, appearing on magazine covers and modelling for designers like Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo Takada before going ahead to try her hand in acting. Some of her most notable works include playing Bond girl Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace (2008) and starring alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013). Read on to find out more about her life, career, and relationship history.
Olga Kurylenko’s Bio
Olga was born Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko on the 14th of November, 1979 in Berdiansk, Ukraine. Her father is a Ukrainian named Konstantin while her Russian-born mother is named Marina Alyabysheva. She is of Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarusian descent.
From a very young age, Olga was said to have had an interest in fashion. At around the age of 15, she moved to Moscow from Ukraine, spending a year there before packing her bags again and moving to Paris. In less than a year in the French capital, the aspiring model was able to land herself a contract with Paris-based Madison modelling agency. She proved to be an instant hit in the modelling world as she quickly appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines. She further appeared on the covers of magazines like Madame Figaro and Marie Claire, and also became the face of brands like Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.
After a few years as a model, Olga Kurylenko made the transition from modelling to acting. Her very first roles were in an episode of the French TV series Largo Winch (2001) and then in Seal‘s music video, “Love’s Divine” in 2003. She then went on to announce her arrival in the film industry by appearing in L’Annulaire (2005), with her performance earning her a certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival.
Other films and TV series in which Olga has gone ahead to star in include Hitman (2007), Max Payne (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Magic City (2012), The November Man (2014) and many others.
Who Are Her Family Members?
There is not so much information available in regards to the family of Olga Kurylenko. What is known is that she was born to Konstantyn Kurylenko and Maryna Alyabusheva. Her father’s occupation is not public knowledge, however, her mother was an art teacher and professor.
As the story goes, her parents divorced when she was a little girl, at 3 years of age to be exact. This meant that she was solely raised by a single mother and did not get to spend quality time with her father while growing up. Her father barely kept in touch with her as they only met again when she was eight and later on when she was thirteen.
Many insiders of the modeling industry have said that Olga Kurylenko has one of the best bodies in the business. The slim body built model, whose distinctive features include a pair of green eyes and dark brown hair, has earned such kind comments about herself as a result of her body that has measurements of 34-23-35 inches (86-58-89 cm). It is intriguing to learn that Olga reportedly does not work out as many others in the industry does. The fashionista who wears a dress size of 4 (US) or 34 (EU) is able to eat whatever she wants and still go ahead to slay on the runway.
With regards to her height, Olga stands at a height of 5 feet 9½ inches (1.798m) and further weigh about 53 kg (116 pounds).
Olga Kurylenko has been involved in quite a few high profile relationships over the years. Her first notable relationship was with French fashion photographer Cedric Van Mol. The pair went on to exchange marital vows in 2000 and were married for four years before going their separate ways in 2004.
Olga seemed to have moved on quickly from her ex-husband as she soon began dating American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle. In 2006, the pair decided to take the bold step of getting married, however, just after a year together, the union came to a crashing end as they divorced in 2007. The next few years appeared to be very quiet for the model in regards to her dating life. It was not until she starred in Magic City (2012–13) that she began dating her co-star, actor Danny Huston. The pair were an item for approximately a year before they called it quits.
Her next relationship after that was with former English film and television actor turned writer and journalist Max Benitz. Details about their relationship are few and far between, however, the couple shares a son named Alexander Max Horatio, born on the 3rd of October, 2015. It is not clear when exactly the pair went their separate ways but the actress has since moved on to British-Argentine actor and filmmaker Ben Cura.