Izabella Scorupco

Reign of Fire

Interviewed by Alec Cawthorne

Did you have a regime to get in shape for the film?

I never work out. I think it is boring, so I run. I was very athletic when I was younger and I am a very competitive person, so I never give up. Working with Matthew and Christian on "Reign of Fire" was the most physically demanding thing that I have ever done.

What was filming like?

For six months we were running every day, jumping every day. I felt so strong - physically and mentally - after making this movie. It was different on "Vertical Limit". We started all being frightened to death of being on the mountain. Sometimes we were so cold and scared that we sat crying and laughing together. But on "Reign of Fire" it did not matter how much I tried, nature had given me different muscles than Matthew and Christian. And those two boys would go on forever. It was like, how high can you jump?

Were you worried about being another Bond girl who would vanish from the scene?

No I wasn't. After I got the part in "GoldenEye" I did not realize till two or three years after when I was watching the movie that I was part of the Bond legacy. So when people said I was taking a big risk doing "GoldenEye", I wondered what they were talking about. Also it was the right moment as the Bond era was changing - now we have Halle Berry, an Oscar winner, playing a Bond girl.

Did you get a chance to see much of Dublin or Ireland?

I didn't travel too much because my daughter is a little bit car sick. But we lived in Dalkey, just outside Dublin, which is so beautiful. The village is like a mini Hollywood because Bono, Lisa Stansfield, and the Corrs live there. They all sit there in the same pub. So we tried to sneak in and find them. That was our treat.

What's next?

I am having time off because I just haven't found anything that I want to do. It's getting a little bit scary. When I do something I give everything, so it has to be something that I really want to go for.