NEW YORK (AP) — Yvonne Strahovski is making her Broadway debut this fall, which is pretty cool, especially since she's never actually caught a Broadway show before.
"I don't know if I should be ashamed to say I've never seen one or if I should be kind of proud of it," says the bombshell Australian over coffee. "Probably a bit of both."
Strahovski, who played a CIA agent in NBC's action comedy show "Chuck" and then crossed over to the dark side as a serial killer in "Dexter," plays Lorna Moon in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy."
The play, which opens next week at the Belasco Theater, is about a young man torn between his true calling as a violinist and the lure of fast money as a boxer. Strahovski, 30, plays his manager's mistress and is in 10 of the play's 12 scenes.
The play represents something of a return to Strahovski's roots. A University of Western Sydney graduate, she emerged intent on a career onstage and even co-founded her own theater company.
On a whim, she decided to audition for TV shows in America, flew to Los Angeles and landed "Chuck" in three days. "I remember calling my parents and telling them I'm not coming home," she says. "And I never used my return ticket home."
After five seasons in slinky outfits delivering vicious kicks to enemies, Strahovski next found herself in something of a love triangle with Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall in season 7 of "Dexter."
Next month she appears opposite Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in "The Guilt Trip," and next year she'll be in "I, Frankenstein" with Bill Nighy and Aaron Eckhart.
It was while filming "I, Frankenstein" in Australia that Strahovski went to a comedy festival and was reminded how much she adored performing live. Right about then, Broadway was calling — and she leapt. "There's something completely raw and unique about live theater and it puts you on your toes," she says.
Strahovski says the play is still revealing itself to her and she's stretching her acting muscles alongside a cast of 19 that includes Danny Burstein and Tony Shalhoub.
She recently sat down with The Associated Press to evade questions about whether she survived season 7 of "Dexter," to boast about her unusual gun skills and to complain about her cable company.