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    • Yvonne: (on normally not using her original Australian accent in her acting) It would be so weird to do something like that in my own accent. I'm really not used to doing anything in my own accent any more so it is actually more normal for me to put on an accent. I feel more comfortable doing that than doing my own, which is odd at this point.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I liked the fact that we meet Kate at a low point in her life, you know, she doesn't have it all together. She's been demoted from her job, which means she obviously has professional problems going on as well as personal problems because her husband was found out to be selling government secrets to a foreign government. So I feel like at the time she had it really gave me a starting point with somewhere to go from and somewhere to go up from, which is what we're seeing Kate do now in this journey.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I liked where she was at in her life, I liked the fact she was being demoted, I liked the fact she was this great agent who had lost everything because her husband, who had been an agent as well, was selling secrets to a foreign government and she didn't see it,

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I think it's a really great starting point for a character, it gives her a chance to go somewhere, to build and have a journey. Also the greatest thing about 24 is there is always so much going on, it is so layered and every character has something to sink their teeth into.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) She's got Jack Bauer–isms, for sure. She's impulsive and bends the rules and takes matters into her own hands. She's a great agent, but she's been demoted because she messed up. She married another CIA agent who she didn't know was selling secrets to a foreign government.

    • Yvonne: I cried. I'm a crier. I always cry. I cry at the dumbest things, too. This is why I sort of steer clear of movies and films that I know are going to be depressing. I don't care how many awards they've won — I know they're good, I don't need to watch them because I don't want to be depressed and I don't want to cry. This is a revelation, you know. I've never spoken about this before.

    • Yvonne: (on Louis C.K.) Louis is an amazing comedian and that was something that was half intimidating, half exciting working with him on a show that's so critically acclaimed.

    • Yvonne: (on doing a scene in the Water in the TV series Louie) I went into the water. It was October or September, and it was cold. If they had asked me to do that six months prior, I would have been so terrified, which I kind of still was. I grew up being scared of the water, which is embarrassing to say as an Australian, but it's true. I was never a water person. Then last summer, I got into surfing. It was a fluke. I fell in love with it, the feeling of being on a board and standing on a board and catching waves even though I am terrified of the waves and the deep water. Before I started surfing, I don't even know if I would have dived into the water at night alone…I remember I felt the ocean sucking me in and it was quite powerful. But I did it! I did it twice. Who knew on a comedy I'd have so much stunt work to do

    • Yvonne: (on her role in the TV series Louie) It was a surprise for me, too. They just called and sent me the episode and asked if I'd be interested in doing something like that. I jumped at the opportunity because obviously Louis is amazing, and his show is amazing. It's not often that you get to be part of something like that.

    • Yvonne: (on co-staring with Kiefer Sutherland in 24) It's kind of intimidating, he knows exactly what he's doing. He's lived and breathed this character for so long... I can hold my own and be Kate Morgan.

    • Yvonne: (on the similarities between her and Kiefer Sutherland's characters in 24) There are definitely similarities between Kate Morgan and Jack Bauer. They're both impulsive, they both break the rules and they both take matters into their own hands a lot. I think that she's in a way sort of like that female version of him, which I don't know if we've seen that in 24 before.

    • Yvonne: (on her Chuck co-star Zach Levi) Zach's a bundle of energy. He puts music on all of the time and dances to it. He's crazy.

    • Yvonne: I have a strong dance background. I danced from age five till 18, and that helps a lot. Doing a fight routine is like doing a dance routine.

    • Yvonne: (on how her life changed after Chuck) Dramatically. I came here with one suitcase and some clothes, so I had to buy a car and get some furniture and find a place to live, make some friends. It's like starting school again. So, my life has pretty much done a 180.

    • Yvonne: (on what she likes about her role on Chuck) The great thing about the role is I do get to play the girlfriend and I do get to play the kick-arse chick and I get to play a whole bunch of different themes because of who I am in the show, an undercover CIA agent who works at a hot dog place.

    • Yvonne: (on her popularity in the US and Australia) I'm more well-known in the USA than I am here.

    • Yvonne: (On her being an awkward teen) I was always the lanky kid with bad skin. I was a drama student, though, so not exactly like Sarah. I was a tomboy and didn't pay too much attention to my clothes.

    • Yvonne: 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.

    • Yvonne: 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.

    • Yvonne: (on the sci-fi genre) What appeals to me [about the genre] is that it's about exploring your imagination and how far you can go with things, imagining what life could be like if the world were different or circumstances changed or aliens came for a visit...

    • Yvonne: (on her sudden success in the United States) It's happened very fast and I've surprised myself really. But I'm taking it all on board with a smile on my face.

    • Yvonne: (on using her Australian accent in between takes of Chuck) In between takes, I'm Australian. I feel a bit silly if I stay in it the whole time. I don't feel like it's me talking to people.

    • Yvonne: (on landing the role of Sarah on Chuck) It's more exciting than anything. It's pretty surreal driving around and seeing [the show] on all the billboards.

    • Yvonne: 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.

    • Yvonne: I'm pretty gross. When I talk I can be gross and crude.

    • Yvonne: (on her starring role in Chuck) This was my introduction to the American industry, so coming to know all this stuff has all been a surprise. I certainly didn't expect it to get such critical acclaim.

    • Yvonne: (on her character on Chuck) 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.

    • Yvonne: 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.

    • Yvonne: I've always been a very outdoors sort of girl. I'm more a tomboy than a girly girl.

    • Yvonne: (on how being an Australian helps in Hollywood) They respond a lot to the Australian thing. They love the training; a lot of us come through drama school. We come with the whole tool kit.

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