The iconic Bond girl has been thrilling 007 – and moviegoers – since Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in a white bikini in 1962’s Dr. No. Getting cast in the franchise can be life-changing for an actress, so when Mexican beauty Stephanie Sigman (TV's Narcos) won the part of Estrella in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, she knew she was in for an adventure. “I was excited and nervous at the same time,” Stephanie, 28, told Hello! “I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
When we sat down with the actress, who also stars in the new Spectre-themed Belvedere Vodka campaign, it was just hours before the film's glittering Mexico City première and we couldn't help but ask her to dish on what it was like working with Bond himself, Daniel Craig. "He's a great actor and loves what he does," she said, adding with a laugh, "[Daniel] really cares about the role and he should because he's James Bond!"
Not only is Stephanie a Bond girl, she is the first Bond girl to come from Mexico. In addition to this honour, the actress was thrilled to be able to return home to show off her heritage. "It's been amazing because my scenes are about Mexico and the Day of the Dead and our traditions. I feel that I can show Mexico to the world."
Should Daniel Craig decide to hang up his gadgets now that he's completed his fourth turn as the undercover spy, a host of A-list actors like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Homeland's Damien Lewis are rumoured to be in the running to take over his covert duties. But if Stephanie had it her way, a different type of James Bond would make her debut. "I told [franchise producer] Barbara Broccoli that I think the next Bond should be Mexican and it should be a girl! [Laughs] I love strong characters. I think women are strong in general, and we need to see that in films."
Now that Spectre has made its debut to the delight of millions of fans around the world, the actress is shifting her focus to spending more time with her family. "I live in L.A. I’m never there though. I’m in Toronto right now [filming Shimmer Lake] and I’m all over the place, especially this year – Brazil, London, Colombia, New Mexico, Iceland. [My goal] is to spend more time with my family and friends and the people I love because that’s what life is about. I’m working on that!"