When the model and TV actress first heard that Skyfall auditions were to be held Paris, she became obsessed. “I sent my reel to anyone on Facebook related to the movie”, Bérénice Marlohe recalls.But after the casting director got in touch and she found herself testing scenes with Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, the pressure hit home. “There were moments when I felt scared and trapped by this huge concept of Bond girl”, the 32-year-old admits. Marlohe’s first passions were art and the piano, and as a self-confessed “paranoid” – starring in a $150 million blockbuster represented a departure from comfort zone.The actress was helped in her role as the mysterious Severine by studying Famke Janssen’s dominatrix Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. “It’s so original to have a character who kills and has an orgasm at the same time, that’s what we go to movies for”.In the end, a sense of responsibility pacified Marlohe. Cambodian by descent, she saw the global platform offered by the role as a chance to represent her country, still scarred by recent genocide and continued oppression “I see it as power to be a voice for my country, to speak for those who don’t have that chance. I will use the celebrity for human rights”.