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Monday, February 18, 2013

'Die Hard' Russian Actress Yuliya Snigir and Chess

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Russian actress Yuliya Snigir plays a woman who's not what she seems to be in the new action movie "A Good Day to Die Hard." It's a perfect fit for the 29-year-old actress, according to a nice feature in Fresnobee.

Behind her stunning looks is a woman who was playing chess professionally at 15 and was awarded the title of Candidate of Master by the World Chess Federation. She never went after a modeling career. She was teaching English in a nursery school when a friend showed her picture to a modeling agency.
"Playing chess was something that my parents wanted more than me," Snigir says with the slightest of Russian accents. "And, when the modeling offer came, I was more determined to study acting. I did some modeling while I was studying, but it was more like a hobby for me."

Her chess background won't go to a complete waste. Snigir explains that being able to look at a situation, evaluate it and then react is a lot like directing.

She wants to direct, and she is writing a screenplay that could be her big directing project. But she's not in a rush to move behind the camera. A director, to the actress, needs the maturity that comes with a lot of work experience and, for now, she's concentrating on acting. 
The full article is available at the Fresnobee website in which, Snigir talks about cinema, her mom and other things apart from chess.

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