Exclusive: Uma Thurman talks about her Campari calendar

Uma Thurman for Campari (Image supplied)

Uma Thurman for Campari (Image supplied)

Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

When you think of a yearly calendars, adorable kitten photos might come to mind, or perhaps visuals of favourite rock bands, landscapes, even unicorns.

Well, famed Hollywood star Uma Thurman literally tears up the scenery in a series of stunning and dramatic poses for the official 2014 Campari calendar. Judging by the sexy postures, the bold splashes of colour, in particular mouth-watering reds, and the playful style by photographer Koto Bolofo (known for his keen eye for dynamic visuals), she's definitely 2014's It Girl.

Bolofo photographed Thurman in a series of images reflective of the various festivals around the globe, each photo standing on its own merit with costumes that pay tribute to the dramatic beauty of different countries in a "worldwide celebrations" theme.

In an exclusive interview with Sun Media, Thurman, who received an Academy Award nomination for Quentin Tarantino's critically lauded Pulp Fiction, recently chatted about posing for the iconic calendar, and how she found the whole experience "truly wonderful.

“I feel really good about (the calendar). It was a great experience, and the photos are a lot of fun," said Thurman from her New York City home. "I worked with a great team, where the stress level was minimum, and where the whole experience was rather fun."

Thurman - who joins such notables as Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Salma Hayek and even Benicio Del Toro who posed for past Campari calendars - said the experience "was kind of like making stills of 12 different movies...all the photos were well thought out and there was no sense of being rushed.

"This was a big production, one of the biggest productions I've been involved in… akin to doing a film, really."

From Spring Festival in Beijing to the cherry blossom festival in Japan, the celebrations in the calendar span every continent. Thurman stars as the calendar heroine, wearing luxurious fashions from Versace, Stella McCartney and Chopard, to name just a few.

The 15th annual Campari calendar is one of the world's iconic artistic calendars, distributed internationally as a limited edition of only 9,999 copies - a small, collectible luxury for the happy few that receive it.

The details to making each photo numbered in the thousands, added Thurman, who admitted she didn't have one photo that stood out, but did "love the Mardi Gras shoot.

"The different elements for each photo were all about drama, flavour and taste, and there were a lot of people behind the production that made things possible. You have to give credit to the cultures themselves. And (photographer) Koto Bolofo was fantastic - he inspired me throughout the shoots."

As for Campari sponsoring the calendar, Thurman said the messaging from the company was "let's not make it about glamour or beauty, but about the world, and the calendar is a nice reflection of the different tapestries and peoples of the world."

Thurman spoke of her love for Canada, and how she missed not visiting during this year's film festival. "I love this festival - it's one of the greatest of film festivals, if not the best. Canada is full of people who are truly excited and interested in film and the industry."

As for being the star of 2014 Campari calendar, Thurman said, "Well, obviously I chose to do it, and I feel really good about it. The experience was great, the photos are full of texture and expression, and I love how the look is sexy and beautiful.”

The bad news is the calendar is distributed internationally to Campari friends and does not go on sale. The good news? You can view Thurman on this page, on our website or by visiting campari.com for more information.


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