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Overview (2)

Born in Bab El Oued, Algeria
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sofia Boutella is an Algerian actress, dancer and model. She was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers in Algeria, the daughter of composer and jazz musician Safy Boutella, and an architect mother. She started classical dance education when she was five years old. In 1992, at age 10, she left Algeria with her family and moved to France, where she started rhythmic gymnastics, joining the French national team at age 18. Sofia started hip hop and street dance, and was part of a group called the Vagabond Crew. She also participated in a group called Chienne de Vie and Aphrodites. She has been rehearsing since age 17 with choreographer Blanca Li, and danced in several film and television appearances, as well as commercials and concert tours.

In 2007, her breakthrough arrived when she was picked for the Jamie King choreography for Nike as a role model of femininity and hip-hop. This was a major boost to her career and led to more work alongside stars like Madonna in her Confessions Tour, and Rihanna. Sofia successfully auditioned for Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour, but could not attend due to the extension of Madonna's tour, whose dates coincided with Jackson's residency. In February 2011, she was the main character in Michael's last music video Michael Jackson: Hollywood Tonight (2011).

Sofia played the lead character Eva in the drama film StreetDance 2 (2012), she starred as the assassin Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), an alien warrior named Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016), the main antagonist, Princess Ahmanet, in Universal's Dark Universe film The Mummy (2017), and an undercover French agent in Atomic Blonde (2017) alongside Charlize Theron, and many other great movies since then.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Akram gus

Trivia (9)

Her mother is an architect and her father, Safy Boutella, is a jazz musician. In 1992, the family moved from Algeria to France.
She began classical dance education at age 5, began rhythmic gymnastics at age 10, and joined the French national team at age 18.
She took up hip hop and street dance, and was part of a group called the Vagabond Crew, which won the Battle of the Year (2006). She also participated in a group called Chienne de Vie and Aphrodites created by Mono from the Vagabound Crew.
Michael Jackson was so impressed with her dancing that while she was touring with Madonna, he offered her a spot on his This Is It tour. Although the tour never happened due to Jackson's death in 2009, Boutella did appear as the lead in the music video for his posthumously released song "Hollywood Tonight" (2011).
Has a tattoo of an inverted cross on her arm, which was made by Jared Leto.
Has been in a relationship with actor Robert Sheehan since 2015.
Currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Born on the same date as Cobie Smulders.

Personal Quotes (9)

When I was a dancer, I was acting.
I truly believe the discipline I have honed as a dancer will bring me more opportunities as an actor.
I wanted a choker, and couldn't find one I liked, so I thought, "I'll just make it".
Working with Madonna, she always told me the meaning behind the steps and why I was doing these steps--she treated us like actors. So I feel like I've always been an actor, truly.
When I was dancing, whether it was the music or the story, the question was, "Why am I doing this piece, and why am I dancing?" It is exactly the same when you are acting. You have a very close relationship with your body movement. You have to find the physicality of your character.
When I was little, I went to the Sahara Desert and met an older woman with beautiful earrings that came all the way down to her stomach. She told me, "For us Tuareg, jewelry is not meant for decoration. It absorbs negative energy that comes your way." So think twice when you buy a vintage ring!
I don't believe in doing everything and being mediocre at all of them. I believe in being good at one thing.
When I give my jewelry as a present, I feel like I'm giving protection to someone I care about... I've given pieces to my mom, my aunts, my friends. I've even made bracelets for my dad and my uncle.
I make body chains that come from the neck, cross in the middle of your chest, then go around your waist. I mix them with feathers for a gypsy, bohemian style.

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