Daredevil Stars Who Perform Their Own Stunts
Kristen Stewart: Snow White and the Huntsman
Kristen Stewart is fearless on screen and off; the talented 22-year-old actress chose to do all her own stunts for Snow White and the Huntsman. She reportedly even overcame her fear of horses in order to film some of the flick’s intense action scenes.
Director Rupert Sanders told MTV News, “She was riding horses, she was jumping from high precipices into freezing cold water, she was fighting dwarves—she's gung-ho."
Ashley Greene: Twilight: Breaking Dawn & The Apparition
When it came to doing her own daring battle tricks for Twilight, Ashley Greene and the rest of the Twi-Hards—Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner—were reportedly all very ambitious.
The 25-year-old actress told NextMovie,"Our cast as a whole is pretty athletic. Everyone really wants to be able to do their own stunts. We all worked really hard to do as much as production would possibly allow us to do insurance-wise. A lot of what you see will actually be us doing it."
But Greene’s love of all things action doesn’t end with Twilight! The striking brunette recently dished to MTV about the stunts in her newest film, The Apparition.
“No wires, but lots of scenes requiring agility. I think I injured myself more on this film because of the intensity of the scenes. You get wrapped up and don’t realize how hard you’re pounding your hand or that you’ve hurt your ankle until the end of the scene."
Angelina Jolie: Salt
From jumping off a bridge onto a moving truck to balancing on ultra-narrow ledges more than 12-stories high, Angelina Jolie just said no to a stunt double for her 2010 thriller, Salt.
Always up for a challenge, Jolie’s stunt capability—and acting—is extraordinary. Salt stunt coordinator Simon Crane told the LA Times, “She’s absolutely fearless when it comes to high places… you can use her confidence with heights to put her in all kinds of dicey situations and know that she’s going to be convincing to pull it off."
But if you think the courageous 37-year-old actress might hold back a bit because of her kids, think again! Jolie told Entertainment Weekly, "The funny thing about having children is that now I am twice as motivated to do a cool stunt because my kids will like it."
Piper Perabo: Covert Affairs
Piper Perabo, who plays a rookie CIA agent in the popular USA series Covert Affairs, is not so rookie when it comes to her stunts; the tough and tenacious 35-year-old actress prefers to do her own!
"The action in the show is incredible and it is like nothing [else] you see on television. We're jumping off buildings and jumping down elevator shafts and crashing cars. They encourage you to break stuff," Perabo revealed in a recent teleconference.
Cameron Diaz: Knight and Day
America’s sweetheart Cameron Diaz got down and dirty performing her own stunts alongside Tom Cruise in the 2010 action-packed flick, Knight and Day.
"I love training for fight sequences—it's a week of getting bruises, cuts, and sprains, but it's also a lot of fun," The Mirror quoted her as saying.
The 39-year-old actress was so good at rockin’ her stunts, director James Mangold suggested a possible career change! “I had two actors who are also incredibly gifted stunt people. Our stunt coordinators could tell you that Tom or Cameron could stop acting tomorrow and start a career as a stunt person."
Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games
Our favorite feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen (aka Jennifer Lawrence) isn’t afraid of staring death in the face in the movies—or in real life!
With only six weeks to get into warrior shape, the 21-year-old thespian trained twice a day with top conditioning coach, Dr. Joe Horrigan. Their rigorous training included archery and movement basics, as well as drills to improve her agility, running, speed, and technique.
According to Us Weekly, the brave beauty also worked heavily with the stunt crew, who taught her how to climb trees, scale rocks, and jump logs. Here’s to hoping the odds will be ever in her favor for the upcoming sequel!
Mariska Hargitay: Law & Order: SVU
According to People, Mariska Hargitay became a special victim of her own back in 2009 when she was hospitalized with a partially collapsed lung. Turns out the reason for her health problem was due to a decade of doing her own stunts on the hit NBC drama.
The stunning 48-year-old actress explained, "I've been doing my own stunts on the show for 10 years. I fell wrong, basically. I collapsed my lung doing a stunt."
Since the accident, Hargitay’s days of stunts are over, but she’ll always be a lifelong athlete at heart.
Gina Carano: Haywire
When she was hired for her breakout role in the 2011 action-thriller Haywire, Gina Carano wasn’t an actress by trade—she was a mixed martial arts fighter!
As a former contestant on NBC’s American Gladiators, it’s no surprise the fearless 30-year-old superstar displayed her MMA techniques in full force for the film. Even the veteran actors on set were more than impressed with her fight sequences and oh-so-dangerous stunt work.
At the film’s Hollywood premiere, Channing Tatum said of Carano, “There was only one jump that they wouldn’t let her do. She would have done it all. She just, can do things, that no one else can do."
Ewan McGregor added, “Like when she throws a few punches and alters her stance, she’s altering her stance like a fighter would. There’s something incredibly dangerous and powerful about her."
Chloe Moretz: Kick-Ass
Child star cutie Chloe Moretz trained for three months with Jackie Chan’s personal stunt team for her 2010 action film, Kick-Ass.
The now 15-year-old actress played a superhero hit girl in the flick, and reportedly did the majority of her own stunts. With months of combat training and learning how to load a gun, how to kick, and how to tumble, critics were amazed at her ability to literally move like she’s in The Matrix.
Moretz's costar Aaron Johnson told the NY Daily News, "She blew it straight out of the park. I've never even seen adults pull off anything like this." I don’t think we have, either!
Naomie Harris: Skyfall
Naomie Harris is taking her role as the next Bond girl to a whole new level! The 35-year-old actress has been tirelessly hitting the gym—not for an infamous Bond bikini scene, but to be able to do her own stunts in the upcoming 007 film, Skyfall.
Speaking at a BAFTA’s bash, the beautiful Brit revealed, "I'm trying to do all my own stunts. I've done them all so far. In a couple of weeks we've got another big stunt thing, so I don't know if I can do all of them. But I'm trying to!"
We’ll have to wait to see the movie to find out what kind of daredevil adventures Harris gets into, but one thing’s for sure: She is one smokin’ hot, tough-as-nails, fierce female!