London, December 10 (ANI): Olga Kurylenko, who proved more than a match for Daniel Craig as cool killer Camille in 'Quantum Of Solace', has spoken about a remarkable upbringing with her mum.
The twice-divorced 33-year-old actress starts off by speaking of her poverty stricken childhood.
"My mum Marina and I were poor and hungry. We could sometimes not afford to eat - seriously," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"We lived together in a small town, called Berdyansk, in Ukraine. I was an only child. I don't think we would have survived if there had been more kids.
"My mum made our own clothes and sewed winter coats. She even cut back one of her own to make mine warm.
"I did not have a father. It was my mum who chose to be alone. She felt that she would be better off by herself with me after I was born.
"But, despite her being a teacher and always working, we were very poor. We never travelled, did not have a holiday and I knew only my local town. My mum had saved money so we could go and visit Moscow. And on that one visit, when I was 14, my life changed forever. I was stopped by a model scout who wanted me to work for an agency. My mum, who was with me, was unbelieving," she said.
The model was unable to believe her luck and would constantly ask her mother "is this a fairytale?", and later when then mother-daughter duo realized that all this was the real thing she advised her daughter not to "turn your back on this".
She then met another scout in Mascow, who was looking for a model in Paris. Her mother again stood by her side and told her that "Paris is a dream city. You must go for it."
"At the start they put me with other girls in an apartment. But I could not stand it. So I chose loneliness and moved to a little studio on my own and worked hard to pay back the bills. It was exciting, but lonely. That does not mean I was sad. I read a lot, learned French and studied every night," she said.
"I started to make friends but always seemed to be working. They would say: "Get a life. I'd never had a boyfriend. I was not a teenager who liked boys.
"I had my first boyfriend in Paris and married him (the French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol). Most of all, I wanted to make my mum proud of me. She stayed back home while I tried to improve myself," she said.
It was later suggested that she should appear in a film and her first movie came out in 2004, but while her agency wanted her to carry on modeling, she wanted to become a full-time actress instead.
"When I was hired for Bond, I could not believe it. I returned to my home town while promoting the film. It was my proudest moment to go back and see my mum. She taught me all about luck. A lot of people have luck but they allow the moment to escape," she said.
"You have to grab it and know when it comes," she added. (ANI)