Yvonne Strahovski looks back on 'Chuck,' forward to 'Frankenstein'
"Chuck" wrapped production toward the end of 2011, and Yvonne Strahovski has a big movie coming up.
January 13th, 2012
02:17 PM ET

Yvonne Strahovski looks back on 'Chuck,' forward to 'Frankenstein'

When Yvonne Strahovski joined the cast of "Chuck," the Australia native didn't quite know what to make of the show's "Nerd Herd."

“It was definitely a new concept for me, which now I know a lot more about than I did five years ago," she said.

After the first season, she joined the cast at San Diego's Comic-Con, one of her first big exposures to American nerd culture and the already dedicated "Chuck" fan base.

“That first year, I was blown away with the costumes and everything going on. The response was amazing, they’ve been the most loyal fans ever since," she said.

About her four years of going to Comic-Con, she said, “It’s definitely intimidating with a few thousand people staring at you, asking you questions, you never know what to expect. It definitely took some getting used to. We always play a clip before we go up there for the panel. My favorite part is watching the audience watch the clips of the show. On set, shooting, we don’t get to see anyone reacting to it, so it’s always a nice treat for me, seeing that."

One thing that Strahovski will miss about working on the show (with its third-to-last episode airing Friday night) is "ChuckFest," a fundraiser for Operation Smile that offered the cast the chance to meet with fans in a more intimate setting. "We’ve just heard so many stories about people who love the show, families love the show, people can sit down with their kids and watch it because it’s family friendly, and people bond over the show. [The show says to the fans,] it’s cool to be a nerd, and [it] has liberated the nerd nation in a way. There are so many wonderful things we’ve been told."

In this final season, Strahovski's character, Sarah Walker, has been through a lot: She's had a few major fight scenes and was tortured by Brandon Routh's character, Shaw. About that scene, she said, “It’s quite an effort, it’s almost like a workout to sell that stuff. Anything high energy like that is going to have a big impact on you, physically and emotionally."

"Chuck" wrapped production toward the end of 2011, and Strahovski has a big movie coming up: “In a month, I’m heading to Australia to work on ‘I, Frankenstein’ with Aaron Eckhart, and I’m really excited about that."

She described "I, Frankenstein" as "somewhat of an action/romance in a way. The heart of this one is going to be a lot of soul-searching and heart amidst a lot of the action."

She also has two coming movies this year, the comedy "My Mother's Curse" with Seth Rogen (something of a "nerd herder" himself) and Barbra Streisand, while "Killer Elite" with Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

As for the remaining episodes of "Chuck," Strahovski can only say this: “There will be a couple of people who will come back. We sort of get back to the heart of Chuck, and that is the relationship between the characters. I can say that that will become the primary focus leading up to the end."

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  1. Steve Dunn

    Thank you, Yvonne, for your work on "Chuck". I am going to miss the show, but look forward to following your work in future productions! Best of luck to you in everything (and to the rest of the "Chuck" gang, too!)

    January 28, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  2. Guilherme

    I'm bad for Chuck to be ending, Zachary, Yvonne, Adam ... Chuck are great actors and an unrivaled series

    January 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  3. sublime

    Hey, Brian, its a television show. Meaning its made for television. If you dont have a tv, that's your problem. Not NBCs. What a tool.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  4. Paul

    Seriously? Come on, get an editor to check captions below pictures as well. She was SARAH WALKER in "Chuck" and her real name is Yvonne Strahovski. Look at your below picture caption which says "Sarah Strahovski." Get things like this right you are a dang news agency that is supposed to be respected for accuracy.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • jw

      They must have read your comment, it looks correct to me now. lol

      January 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Derrick

    Ms Strahovski is a talented actress and I'll miss watching her on Chuck. Wish her the very best as she moves forward.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  6. Brian

    I'm really diasppointed with NBC for not making Chuck episodes available online. I don't have a television or access to one, and they only have the first episode of season 5 available online. And they say that the fans didn't show up to watch the show? They are the ones who let the fans down!!!!

    January 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • jw

      go buy a tv. problem solved. you want NBC to chew your food for you to?

      January 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
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        January 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
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