Sofia Boutella is outstanding as “Ahmanet”, the mummy, in the latest remake of “The Mummy”.
Her portrayal of Ahmanet, has the audience connecting with a very unliveable character. “I wasn’t personally interested in playing a monster that’s just scaring people for no reason. I needed to find her depth because the level of admiration I have for the original film is so high.”
When I asked Boutella about how it felt seeing herself as Ahmanet for the first time, she responded, “We needed 24 screen tests to find her looks … It was such a long, tedious process of getting into character, but at the end I could not have done it without it. You know, I needed to feel all of that make up on and I needed to feel how people looked at me when I had it on. It was very different to when I didn’t have it on.”
As well as being a great actress, Boutella spent many years in her twenties, dancing with, and for, legends such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. “I loved working with Madonna. She taught me so much and she’s such a wonderful strong woman that I really look up to. She taught me a crazy amount and her work ethic is admirable.”
As for why Boutella makes movies, she said, “I like creating, I loved dancing when I did (it) and I love creating movies. Anything that triggers anybody’s imagination or inspires people is something that I love doing; and anything that can entertain people I love doing … I love being inspired. I know the feeling and impact that it has on me and I love to just channel that myself.”
“The Mummy” is in cinemas on 9th June 2017.