It is said that the role of the Bond Girl in the James Bond movies has been jinxed. Many people believe that whoever portrays the Bond Girl, her career goes downhill. The superstitious belief that has prevailed in Hollywood from a long time has made us believe that a Bond Girl always end up struggling to fit in the entertainment world. And it seems true in many cases because there are several such actresses who have failed miserably in the show biz after becoming a Bond Girl. Denise Richards, Lana Wood and many more are the living example of how things work for the Bond Girls. But there is one such actress who, despite the rumored jinx, has made her name in the movie industry. She is none other than Izabella Scorupco.
Scorupco, who is charming actress of Polish-Swedish descent, portrayed the role of Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, alongside Pierce Brosnan. She started her career as a model and has appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine. The hot beauty travelled all around Europe during 1980s. It was once said that while working for Ford Modeling, she refused to eat and did not take food for 4 months, surviving only on water.
She started her acting career in 1987 when she was cast in Staffan Hildebrand’s film Ingen kan älska som vi ("Nobody can love like us"). She is also a singer and she has enjoyed a very short pop singing career which was quite successful. She released her album IZA in early 1990s which was certified gold in Sweden in 1991. Her career took a turn when she was chosen as the new Bond girl for the James Bond Franchise in 1995. She created buzz all around the world as she rocked the sexy avatar as a skilled programmer who helps Bond in his mission.
During an interview with the BBC entertainment a few years back, when asked about whether she was worried about being another Bond girl vanishing from the scene, she said, “No I wasn't. After I got the part in "GoldenEye" I did not realize till two or three years after when I was watching the movie that I was part of the Bond legacy. So when people said I was taking a big risk doing "GoldenEye", I wondered what they were talking about. Also it was the right moment as the Bond era was changing – now we have Halle Berry, an Oscar winner, playing a Bond girl.”
The actress became a household name and a sex symbol as she did justice to the role and garnered praise. Like most of the former Bond girls, she vanished from the movie industry but for different reasons; marriage and children. She married her Polish ice hockey player boyfriend, Mariusz Czerkawski in December 25, 1996. But the couple separated in 1998 after having a daughter together, Julia. The model turned actress remarried on January 30, 2003 to an American, Jeffrey Raymond with whom she has a son, Jakob. The happy couple lives in Los Angeles and New York City with their children.
After sorting out her married life, the pop diva continued her acting and music career. She reprised her singing career in 2011. She made a duet with Swedish musician Peter Jöback in his single Jag Har Dig Nu and also featured in the song's music video. She later went on starring his short extension film La vie, L'amour, Le mort. Scorupco hosted Sweden's Next Top Model in 2012.
The sexy bombshell, now aged 45, tried her luck in comedy when she starred in a Swedish romantic comedy, Micke & Veronica in 2013. And now after many years, the actress is still one of the favorite Bond girls of the James Bond lovers, which is the reason why she has thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram.