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Rebel Moon's Leading Star on Bringing a Jaded Character to Life

Rebel Moon actor Sofia Boutella revealed that it wasn't easy to bring her complex character to life for Netflix's big-budget sci-fi film.

Article Summary

  • Sofia Boutella discusses complexities of her Rebel Moon role, Kora.
  • Actor shares challenge in empathizing with her character's past.
  • Charlie Hunnam relates to his character through UK Traveler culture.
  • Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire now streaming on Netflix.

The release of Netflix's Rebel Moon hasn't been a smooth ride, despite the notion that the film is already broken up into several parts actively in development. That being said, there's still been some positivity surrounding the film's performances, including the badass protagonist Kora. Now, the actor behind the character reveals what was required to bring her troubled character to life.

Rebel Moon's Leading Star on Bringing a Jaded Character to Life
Rebel Moon. (L-R) Staz Nair as Tarak, Sofia Boutella as Kora, Charlie Hunnam as Kai and Michiel Huisman as Gunnar in Rebel Moon. Cr. NETFLIX ©2023

Rebel Moon Actor Sofia Boutella on Portraying Kora

During an interview with The Upcoming, star Sofia Boutella explained her initial reservations about her character, noting, "[Director] Zack Snyder gave me quite a complex character to play, and you'll find more about Kora in movie number two, about her past. It was even a bit hard for me to forgive Kora, and I was judging her a little bit, which made it really hard to play at first, but that was when I was doing my homework." She then adds, "I talked a lot with Zack and we finally found the right tone for her, and I found her rhythm and her pace from that element that is very crucial that you'll find out in movie number two. But I did not know how to come from that event as a human being because it's not something that I've read in a book, in a novel, or that I've seen in a film, so I didn't know where to come from, but I did find it for her, and I loved her even more once I found it."

Conversely, actor Charlie Hunnam recently dished about his own ability to connect with his character, admitting, "I loved him on the page. And there was just some cultural references from the UK, specifically the Traveler community, that I'm obsessed with and have always had so much admiration and been sort of a moth to the flame. And for some reason, I don't know if I was projecting this onto it, but I've always wanted to bring that energy into a character. I read Kai, and I thought, 'Oh, this. This guy feels to me like he's from that Traveler community. I think he's very, very sincere. I just think, you know, he's a survivor."

Either way, you look at it (and in true Snyder fashion), these characters are definitely polarizing, to say the least.

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire is currently available to stream via Netflix.

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Aedan JuvetAbout Aedan Juvet

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