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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 July 1982Maroubra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NameYvonne Strzechowski
Nickname Strahotski
Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yvonne was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she landed her first role on television in an episode of Double the Fist: Fear Factory (2004). Her next role was also on Australian television, appearing in several episodes of Headland (2005). In 2007, she made her big screen debut in Gone (2006). This performance caught the attention of casting directors in Hollywood. She decided to move from Australia to Los Angeles and, on her third day of arrival, she landed her breakthrough role as "Sarah Walker" in Chuck (2007).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Trivia (14)

Sent in her audition tape for the show Chuck (2007) while in the US doing an audition for two other shows. She was contacted by the producers of "Chuck" the next day to come in to "run lines" with Zachary Levi, who played "Chuck". The chemistry was undeniable and the producers called her back a week later to let her know she got the job. Six months later she moved to the US and was cast as the leading lady on "Chuck" three days later.
In March 2008 she was ranked #24 on Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women of TV list.
Was a straight-A student in school.
Had a nose ring for five years and says that the hole is still visible from close-up.
Is of Polish descent and speaks fluent Polish.
Her parents emigrated to Australia from Warsaw, Poland. After her acting success, they moved to the US to be near her. All of of her remaining relatives reside in Poland.
Her last name, Strahovski, is the phonetic pronunciation of her actual last name--Strzechowski.
Ranked #77 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2010.
Ranked #50 in the 2011 FHM (Australia) list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
In May 2012 she was ranked #35 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2012.
In 2011 Cosmopolitan Magazine (Australia) awarded her the Fun Fearless Female of the Year along with Favorite TV Actress.
She is a supporter of PETA and appeared in an ad for their "Adopt, Don't Buy" campaign.
She was honored, along with Liam Hemsworth, for her work in international roles with the 2012 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
Ranked #46 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2013.

Personal Quotes (18)

I feel lucky that I got to work with some of the big legends in town.
I was pretty nervous when I met Robert De Niro. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy store for the first time. I couldn't wipe the grin off of my face. But Bobby DeNiro was really, really sweet and made me feel very comfortable. He's very low-key and just a superstar professional, and totally someone to be admired.
I've always been a very outdoors sort of girl. I'm more a tomboy than a girly girl.
I remember being at Greenblatt's on Sunset, and some guy just walked straight up to me, and he had some bling on and whatever, and said something about a party down in Malibu and asked if I would jump in his car and go to the party. All I could think was, "Who are you? I don't know you, and I don't care about how good your car is."
[on her character in Chuck (2007)] Sarah is very strong. She's really intelligent and she's very physically capable. I like to put that into my own life as well.
I think a man is a man, and a man has a hairy chest, so let that be!
I'm pretty gross. When I talk I can be gross and crude.
I loved school, I loved putting on my uniform and doing homework every day. I was one of those good students that the teachers liked. I guess that's got to be a pretty nerdy, geeky part of me.
I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist.
[on her getting the female lead in Chuck (2007)] I know that one of the distinguishing things was I looked like I could hold a gun, even though I'd never held one before and I'm physically able to do the martial arts and all that stuff.
I love watching a good, freaky horror movie. I love it. It's one of my favorite things to do, to go and see at the cinema. Just to tune out and be freaked out.
I don't know if this classifies as a video game, but I have a terrible obsession with Angry Birds.
I would love to explore film seeing as I have prominently been on television. It would be nice to change it up and focus on film a little bit.
I have a strong dance background. I danced from age five until 18, and that helps a lot. Doing a fight routine is like doing a dance routine.
I've been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer from 5 to 18, so I have a memory for choreography.
I was a tomboy and didn't pay too much attention to my clothes.
I'm scared of karaoke. I think if I did have a go to karaoke song, it would be "Whatta Man" by Salt-N-Pepa.
Most of the film directors expect their actors to want to work fast.

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