When she bared her killer bod and kicked Arnold’s ass as a super-sexy robot in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Kristanna Loken secured her status as a fanboy-approved mega-babe. We talked to the bombshell about her gritty new film, Darfur, which is about the ongoing bloodshed in Africa, and other less genocide-y things.
Are you still recognized as T-X?
Terminator is my biggest film, and I still get fan mail for it, but people recognize me for lots of things. The L Word has a huge following, so I get that a lot.
Tell us about your latest, Darfur.
That was a real blood, sweat, and tears project. The movie is brutal, and it’s all based on actual events. It was an interesting style of working, because we didn’t have a script, just a 30- page treatment.
Was making up your own lines more difficult than acting without any, like in Terminator?
It was different. I spent a month beforehand boning up on the crisis. For Terminator it was more of a physical challenge…I put on 15 pounds of muscle and changed my body type.
What do you remember from your time with the Governator?
He could never get my name right, even after I’d spent lots of time with him. I don’t think he called me the same thing twice!
You’re starring as Hottessa in the upcoming National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus. Is that a tribute to our magazine?
No, sadly. It’s a broad comedy, a spoof movie. I’m also working on an action film called S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight. I play Robert Patrick’s ex-girlfriend, and we get caught in a hostage situation. It’ll be a neat thing for Terminator fans to see me and the T-1000 working together in a different capacity.
This is your second appearance in Maxim. How was the shoot this time around?
I think your readers will enjoy the shots, let’s put it that way.