Do you know how many of those tough women on the big screen are as tough in real life? The number will surprise you, I guarantee. More and more actresses are taking roles in action-packed movies because there’s a growing demand in tough ladies. And not only should they look the part, they should also show off some skill! Yep, most of modern day female action stars undergo at least some sort of training for the roles, not to mention hours spent at the gym to look fit enough on screen. Yet some of those women are real action stars off screen, too! They are skilled in sports and martial arts, which makes their roles all the more believable as they don’t need to use that many stunt doubles for their movies. Here are 5 female action stars who are tough in real life, and 5 who are just pretending.
Yes: Alicia Vikander
You may or may not like Alicia Vikander’s depiction of Lara Croft, but know this – the girl didn’t get out of gym until she gained 12 pounds of pure muscle, and that couples with intense training in martial arts! That being said, she’s already been a tough cookie before she got the role, she just upped her game considerable for the role.
No: Maisie Williams
Arya Stark might be one of the toughest warriors in the Game of Thrones, but it doesn’t mean that Maisie Williams is like that in real life! The actress admitted that she did a lot of training for the movie, even learned to use the sword with her left hand, but in real life she’s the girliest girl ever and wouldn’t think twice if she had to choose between a good book and a good fight.
Yes: Milla Jovovich
90s kids love Milla Jovovich for her Fifth Element role, but now she’s more famous for her work on the Resident Evil movie series. Well, whatever role she faces, Milla Jovovich always gives her best performance, that including a third-degree black belt in Taekwando. Yes, you read that right! This lady is tough for real and she’s no joke. For her various roles she also practiced Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and karate.
No: Summer Glau
Firefly fans remember Summer Glau playing the genius girl River, who could punch some bad guys, but most of you probably know her from Arrow and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where she had some pretty spectacular action scenes. Yet Summer confessed that all this action-stuff isn’t really her cup of tea – it’s all being choreographed so she would look good incorporating her ballet experience.