We caught up with Stephanie Sigman on what it takes to be a Bond girl, why she was excited to work with Sam Mendes on Spectre, and much more.
The 24th installment of the James Bond series premieres stateside on November 6, promising fans all the electrifying elements that make a great Bond movie—fast cars, exotic locations, and beautiful women. In the case of Spectre, expect three beautiful ladies to be exact: Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, and Stephanie Sigman.
The story opens during the vibrant Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico, where we're introduced to Estrella played by the ravishing Sigman, who is the first Bond woman that audiences meet in this film—and she truly does captivate. With a slew of projects still to come, including her much-buzzed role as Pablo Escobar's mistress in the Netflix series Narcos, and her involvement in Belvedere Vodka's campaign in partnership with Spectre, Mexico's very own Bond girl is just getting started.
Here, Sigman dishes on what makes a Bond girl so special, why she loves working with Sam Mendes, and what her favorite part of shooting her Belvedere campaign was.
What can fans expect from the latest film, Spectre? STEPHANIE SIGMAN: They’re going to have a great movie full of action, romance, I would daresay, love—[also] very unique, female characters because we see women, who are very strong and independent and capable. That's very refreshing and I really like that about the film. They’re going to see me. [Laughs] They’re going to see Mexico, and our traditions—that was a joke by the way. I’m just really happy because the first thing you see in the film is Mexico and the celebration of the Day of the Dead. That’s so beautiful and important to me that we can show that to the world.
There are many iconic women in this film. What does it feel like to be a part of such an amazing group of Bond women? SS: I love Monica Bellucci. She’s a great actor and she’s an icon. For any actor, it’s a dream working in the same movie with Monica Bellucci; Léa Seydoux is one of the most talented actresses right now. But I think in the beginning, the most exciting thing for me and of being a Bond girl and being in a Bond film, was working with Sam Mendes. He’s one of my favorite directors, and I was so excited and nervous when I met him because I really wanted the job.
What makes him such a special director? SS: He definitely knows what he’s doing. He’s been doing this for many years and he has great taste. I think when he wants to work with an actor, he just knows it and that’s it; that’s the guy, that’s the girl. He has power, but he also has a nice, beautiful energy on set. Because he’s the head, the boss, I think that’s very important he sets the energy. He’s [also] super cool, and it’s easy to work with him. He’s always in a good mood, and that’s important.
People are calling you Mexico’s first Bond girl. What does that mean for you? SS: I’m so confused by that. I don’t know if I’m the first or the second, but I don’t really care. [Laughs] It’s just amazing being the first or the second. It’s an honor for me. Before watching the film, I was nervous to see what was on the screen, [but] after watching the film, I was really happy with the result.
Do you think there's a specific characteristic a woman needs to be a Bond girl? SS: When I met with Sam Mendes, it was the first time that I had a conversation with a director about my casting. He was actually telling me what was it that he liked when I did the audition, very specific things. He told me he was looking for someone who was sexy but someone who also has a little innocence [to her]: the combination of [being a girl and having] experience at the same time. I don’t know what I did, but I did something right. And I don’t know if he meant to say I got the job, but he said, “See you in London,” at the end, so I was like, “Oh my god!”
How did it feel to shoot parts of the film in your home country? SS: It was everything. It was very nice because I’ve been working in the States for two years now, and this is the first thing I do after two years, in my country? It’s amazing that I got to do a Bond film in Mexico, and I don’t think that happens very often. I feel very lucky.
How did you prepare for the Belvedere campaign? What was your favorite part about it? SS: I’ve been learning a lot from what makes a martini a good martini, [and] how to mix the ingredients. The most important thing is the vodka, the alcohol. If you have a good brand like Belvedere, it’s going to be good no matter what, and it’s fascinating how with a few ingredients, you can make many drinks. [Plus] we were doing the commercial in one of my favorite cities, that is Prague. I was honestly having fun with it because I get to go to a bar and order this legendary martini.
What is your favorite martini right now? SS: It depends on my mood, but right now I’m really into Belvedere Spectre 007 martini—it’s dirty. [Laughs]
What can we expect from you next? SS: I’ve been doing three movies this year, and Spectre. I did one with Bruce Willis, it’s a comedy. He’s a very funny guy actually, he’s a very quiet guy, but very funny. I did another movie with an Irish director, John Michael McDonagh, and Theo James, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña—it’s another comedy, but it’s a very dark comedy. I’m doing another [independent movie right now] called Shimmer Lake and it’s a dramedy. I’m really into comedy right now, I guess. Then, [there's] the second season of Narcos and American Crime, which is an ABC show—yeah, I’ve been kind of busy.