- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Olga Fonda came to the U.S. from Russia when she was just 14. From humble beginnings the Russian-American model and actress has enjoyed a steady career of modeling and acting. Miss Fonda can now be seen on “Agent X,” which premiered this month on TNT.

“I fell in love with the pilot. It was well written, [had a] great storyline, strong characters and [was] witty,” Miss Fonda, who plays Olga Petrovka on the series, said in a statement provided to The Washington Times. She said she was drawn to Petrovka due to her being a “strong, fearless” woman that allowed her to engage in plenty of exciting stunts.

Growing up in the town of Uktha, Russia, Miss Fonda — who was born Olga Tchakova — initially pursued a dancing career.

“I was very shy, but when I performed I felt like I was in my own little world. I became more confident,” she said of learning dance in a country with such a long heritage of the artform. “Dancing taught me discipline and to feel comfortable in my own skin.”

Little wonder that dance led her directly to martial arts as a way to explore the way the body can move — an approach also taken by Belgian action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

“I began to study martial arts because it was a great form of exercise, and I knew it would help my acting career,” Miss Fonda said. “Martial arts reminded me of dancing. It has helped me learn fight sequences quicker.”

In addition to “Agent X,” Miss Fonda has also appeared in “The Vampire Diaries” and “Little Fockers.” While enjoying Hollywood success, Miss Fonda says that she remains somewhat pigeonholed due to her accent and look — being somewhat nudged to Eastern European roles.

However, she is grateful for the work.

“It’s a very tough business with a lot of competition. Everybody is always looking for more work,” she said. “When you see something that you feel you are right for, you push for it.”

“Agent X,” which stars Sharon Stone and Jeff Hephner, airs Sunday at 9 p.m. While she enjoys playing a spy, Miss Fonda says there is another type of role she would truly enjoy playing in the future.

“I would love to play a superhero,” the actress enthuses. “I sometimes walk around thinking, if I were a superhero, what would my superpower be?

“I would also like to be in a romance movie or a biopic. It would be nice to portray a real-life hero.”

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