Interview: Sofia Boutella (“The Mummy”)

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.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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