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Though the mercury levels are off the charts, Tao Okamoto looks unfazed as we head out into the oppressive summer heat to start her photo shoot. We can tell immediately this 28-year-old Japanese transplant knows what's she's doing, having spent half her life (literally) modeling around the world for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, and Yves Saint Laurent.
But we're not here to talk about her modeling (even though it's abundantly clear from her quick-fire poses and impressive range of facial expressions that she's a pro). Instead, we're here to get the exclusive scoop on her first movie, starring opposite Hugh Jackman in Wolverine, which hits theaters today.
From combat training to kissing Hugh during auditions, Okamoto's magnetic draw isn't just an on-screen plot line, but ever present in real life, too. So, we chatted with her to get all the details on shooting a blockbuster hit. Click through for her top summer looks and the scoop you really want to know about the movies. Spoiler alert: This girl's the next big thing.
Photographed by Justin Chung