big break came at 17 when Swedish film director Staffan Hildebrand
stopped at her school while on a promotional tour. Determined to
get the filmmaker's attention, Scorupco bombarded Hildebrand with
questions and then convinced him that the plot of his next film
-- about a child of divorce who wants to travel north to see her
father -- mirrored her own life experience. Impressed, Hildebrand
cast her in the film, 1988's Ingen Kan Älska Som Vi (There
Is No Love Like Ours), which made her a teenage idol.
graduation, Scorupco traveled throughout Europe, acting in television
commercials and modeling (she even appeared on the cover of Italian
Vogue). In her spare time, she would sing with friends who were
musicians and eventually decided to make a record. In 1989, Scorupco
released the ABBA-inspired song "Substitute." The single
went gold in Sweden, along with its album, IZA (released in the
States as Independence by IZA). In 1991, she followed up her success
with a second album and the pop single "Shame, Shame, Shame."
same year, Scorupco returned to acting for the television miniseries
V Som I Viking (The Single Mother). She also met and fell in love
with Polish ice hockey player Mariusz Czerskawski. In 1994, after
Scorupco finished filming her role in the medieval drama Petri Tårar
(The Tears of Saint Peter) (1995), Czerskawski began playing for
the National Hockey League and the couple relocated to the United
States. Barely a year later, the actress made her Hollywood debut
as Bond girl Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova (a Russian computer whiz
determined to save the world) opposite Pierce Brosnan in Martin
Campbell's GoldenEye (1995).
Christmas Day in 1996, Scorupco and Czerkawski married at the Little
White Chapel in Las Vegas. A year later, Scorupco gave birth to
their daughter, Julia. The actress then returned to Poland to star
in Jerzy Hoffman's Ogniem I Mieczem (With Fire and Sword) (1998).
The historical film, based on Nobel prize-winner Henryk Sienkiewicz's
novel, was the country's biggest film production to date.
1999, Scorupco became the spokeswoman for the very popular Swedish
cosmetics company Oriflame. She then signed onto the cast of the
thriller Dykaren (The Diver) (2000). Only four days after Dykaren
finished shooting, the actress flew to New Zealand to reteam with
GoldenEye director Martin Campbell for Vertical Limit (2000). The
action-packed film featured Scorupco as a French Canadian mountain
climber who helps Chris O'Donnell rescue his sister after an avalanche
buries her in a crevasse. Scorupco took the part in order to work
with Campbell again, despite the fact that she had never climbed
before and the job required that she hang from ropes almost 1,200
feet from the ground on a set that had to be evacuated several times.
Her fearlessness established Scorupco in Hollywood as a credible
action hero and she went on to star alongside Matthew McConaughey
and Christian Bale as a dragon-slaying helicopter pilot in the sci-fi
thriller Reign of Fire (2002).