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EXAMINER – Sophie Cookson plays Roxy in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” out this Friday. The film tells the story of a spy organization which recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. We were on the red carpet for the film’s New York premiere on Feb. 9 at the School of Visual Arts Theater, where we spoke with Sophie exclusively.

We loved your character in the film. Can you talk about what it was like playing a very strong, independent female role in this film?
It’s incredibly exciting when you read a script, sometimes waiting for the woman to fall in love with the man and then you see it never happens, so it is just brilliant. There is obviously a base for that, but Roxy, she keeps her femininity as well. She doesn’t try to be one of the boys and be androgynous, she sticks to her roots and what she believes in and that makes her a character that you want to invest in eventually.

And this movie is a spy movie, so in your opinion, what makes this different from other spy and action movies?
Matthew Vaughn. Matthew Vaughn is an absolute genius. His is such a perfectionist and he just wants to push boundaries but also he makes a film that he would want to see and that’s what’s exciting. I think sometimes it is very easy to people please and you have to get so many stunts in, the sequences are so long as well for some of them. And seeing Colin Firth as an action hero is something that needs to be watched again and again and again.

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Sophie attended the ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ New York premiere and after party on February 9, 2015 in New York City.

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6 new outtakes from one of her most recent potoshoots have been added to the gallery. It’s probably one of my favorites, she is absolutely gorgeous!

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Kingsman: The Secret Service hit cinemas today and to celebrate Smallzy caught up with two of the stars; Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson…

Smallzy put a ‘shipping’ challenge to the two Hollywood up-and-comers and it brought out a brilliant competitive streak in Sophie and it was excellent!

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Director Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service is an absolutely mind-blowing thrill and you’re definitely going to want to know how Vaughn and his team pulled off some especially impressive combat sequences like Colin Firth’s big bar fight, the dormitory flood and, my personal favorite, the downright insane church brawl. Not only does the recently released 20 minutes of Kingsman: The Secret Service B-roll cover all of that, but it also offers up a detailed look at some of the film’s more elaborate sets, behind-the-scenes footage of Sofia Boutella kicking some serious you-know-what during a sparring session, coverage of Mark Hamill‘s scenes, skydiving, stunts, puppies and more.

You can check out what it took to bring Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ source material to life on the big screen in the video clip below. Kingsman: The Secret Service is now playing in the UK and is a must-see when it opens in theaters in the US on February 13th. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Cookson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport.

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NEWS.COM.AU – TARON Egerton and Sophie Cookson, breakout stars of Matthew (Kick Ass) Vaughn’s gentleman spy send-up, Kingsman: The Secret Service, reveal some “before and after” secrets.

Taron, you studied stage combat at RADA. Did that help prepare you for Kingsman: The Secret Service?
TE: You are talking rapier and dagger. Compared to Kingsman, it’s small fry. The expectations for this film were so high that nothing could have prepared me, really. It was a total rehaul of the way I moved and felt. But if you are playing someone who has to save the world, you do have to have a bit of muscle tone, don’t you?

How did you go about that transformation?
TE: It was difficult to begin with. Dropping the fat, putting on muscle … all of that is really hard if you haven’t done it before. It gets easier. And ultimately it’s very rewarding. But you do put yourself though a lot of pain to get yourself into that kind of shape.

What surprised you the most?
TE: Watching my body transform because it’s not something I ever imagined it could do — to completely change. Locked in a vault somewhere are some before and after photos. And they will never be seen by anyone.

Sophie, tell me about the vomit comet.
SC: NASA use it to train their astronauts for anti-gravity training. It’s vile. And it really does live up to its name.

Your character, Roxy, is afraid of heights. Do you also suffer from vertigo?
SC: Before I made this film, I loved swimming and I had no fear of heights whatsoever. But post filming, I definitely think differently about swimming underwater and being in planes. When you are left dangling in the air between shots, while everyone else is getting on with their life and you are up amongst the clouds, it’s a scary, lonely thing.

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