Pom Klementieff — On Higher Ground

Pom Klementieff has that ineffably French je ne sais quoi, when she walks down the red carpets towards premieres of her most recent projects. It doesn’t matter if they were the ones around the world for the last installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; the one at the 76th Cannes Annual Film Festival for The Calm, a BMW-produced short film with Joseph Kosinski and Sam Hargrave behind the camera; or the more recent ones for the first of the two-part Mission: Impossible films wrapping up the 30-year long franchise — she carries each chic and cool outfit effortlessly, seemingly calm and collected as the cameras go off.

Off the red carpets, however, Pom’s demure demeanor opens up to something completely different. Watch enough behind-the-scenes clips on social media from people she’s worked with, and interviews with her castmates talking about her — you come to learn that she’s a ball of energy (much like her character in the Guardians film series), a force to be reckoned with (dead reckoning even, perhaps), already evident as far back as when she was still in theater school. In a way, living up to her name that she inherited from her late mother.

“She told me that she chose the name, because Bom (pronounced as ‘poom’) means ‘spring’ in Korean, and Beom (pronounced as ‘pam’) means ‘tiger’,” explains Pom; coffee in hand, and clad in what she claimed to be her PJs, when its cosmic technicolor palette could pass off as an outfit she’d don for the red carpet.

“I was born in spring, and my Chinese zodiac is Tiger,” she adds. “So, it’s kind of a happy mix of all the stuff that makes me. Sometimes, I feel very spring-y and soft, but other times, I feel like a tiger, ready to fight.”

During our morning chat a couple months back, while she was in Los Angeles ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 world premiere a couple of months back, Pom recalls anecdotes that manifest the fire inside her that might burn anyone who stands in her way, or help light up the people standing by her, burning a little brighter together.

Every burnt spot was someone who helped her along the way: from Spike Lee, the director of her Hollywood debut Oldboy, to the Guardians ringleader James Gunn. In between, simmering embers were those that did not give her the time of day, and in return, pressurized her to become the rising gem she is today.

Pom Klementieff wears all by Bottega Veneta with Cartier jewelry.

Read the full interview, only on The Laterals Magazine Issue 08.

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Photographer and Director Ruo Bing Li / Saint Luke Artists
Styling Jungle Lin
Creative Studio Manager Heng Qing Zhao
Hair Jenni Iva Wimmerstedt
Makeup Jezz Hill / The Wall Group
Manicure Nori / See Management
Dp/Editor Henry Lu

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