There aren’t many things hotter than a woman who kicks some serious ass, and that’s exactly why we all love female action heroes so much. From Wonder Woman to Princess Leia, there’s an endless list of sexy onscreen characters who do crazy moves that make us all want to take up MMA. But here’s the thing…most actresses don’t actually do the moves themselves. Instead, they call in for backup, and by backup I mean stunt doubles.
Stunt doubles get little to no recognition, but the moves they do are risky and without them, films would be such a bore. Essentially, these people do the dirty work while the A-listers take all the credit. But hell, stunt doubles know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. They don’t do it for the fame, but instead do it because they love executing these intricate moves.
From simple back-flips to outrageous stunt driving, actresses playing female action heroes have women stepping in to perform these riskier moves. And you know why you don’t realize your favorite hot ladies have been replaced on film? Because their stunt doubles are just as smokin’ as they are. Zoe Saldana? Jennifer Lawrence? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Yup, they all have stunt doubles step in for them.
Instead of making you feverously Google search these stunning, hardcore women, we’ve brought them right to you! Check out 10 of the sexiest female action hero stunt doubles.
10. Monique Ganderton – Doubled For Cara Delevigne
Sometimes, Canada brings us bombshells. Monique is one of them. This model turned actor and stuntwoman has always been a fan of sporty activities. Though she originally wanted to pursue journalism, a conversation with Sylvester Stallone (yes, Rocky himself!) inspired her to make the jump into the stunts and acting world. From sword wielding to jumping from rooftops, there’s not much action this professional hasn’t given a try. She doubled for Cara Delevigne in the soon-to-be-released Suicide Squad, Famke Janssen in Hansel & Gretel and Rebecca Hall in Iron Man 3. Oh, did I forget to mention she’s been cast to play Death in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse? Yup. She slays.
9. Janene Carleton – Worked On Deadpool
Canada has blessed us once again! In the highly praised box-office hit, Deadpool, Janene stunt doubles and drives for the beautiful Morena Baccarin. Like many other stuntwoman, she’s always been very active, participating in competitive horseback riding, personal training, fitness modeling and a bit of mixed martial arts. Surprisingly though, it was her work with horses that first lead to her breaking into the industry. She would train movie horses and give actors riding lessons, until she eventually used her athletic background to get into performing stunts. According to her website, she said she aspires “to collaborate with like-minded people and make films that not only to entertain, but also educate, inspire and encourage humanity’s positive and peaceful evolution.”
8. Tara Macken – Doubled For Zoe Saldana
Born in Kuwait to a Filipina mother and Irish father, this woman is a culturally blended beauty. She’s an actress and a stuntwoman, doing stunts in films such as Furious 7, Divergent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. She also doubled for Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy. Aside from her impressive resume of onscreen features, it’s her quirky side that makes for an interesting story. She was born in a car, qualified for the junior Olympics in Asia for rock climbing and is an avid hasher (meaning she runs through the jungle for fun). This self-proclaimed ninja is not only physically attractive, but she’s clearly a lot of fun, too.
7. Natascha Hopkins – Worked On Mad Max
From Mad Max: Fury Road to Straight Outta Compton, this German-born lady is no stranger to box office hits. She’s not only a professional stuntwoman and actress, but also the founder and designer of Capo-Nata Apparel, an athletic line. She created Capo-Nata after feeling there was a hole in the active market for functional and fashionable garments. Natascha herself is one active gal, with hobbies such as kickboxing, hot yoga, hiking, flag football and much more. Growing up as a gymnast, the transition into doing stunts flowed almost naturally, as many stuntwoman have acrobatics or some sort of martial arts training prior to performing stunts.
6. Helena Barrett – Doubled For Amy Adams
Keep your eyes peeled when you watch Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice this March as you just might see Helena stunting for Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane. Her previous work includes movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Man of Steel and much more. Along with working in big-name blockbusters and popular TV shows, like NCIS and The Mentalist, she also performed live at Universal Studios in Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular. But of course, she’s not only a stuntwoman but an actress as well, having portrayed Sergeant McButter in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Oh, and she also has a hot make-out scene with Olivia Wilde on House that’s definitely worth looking into!
5. Heidi Moneymaker – Lives Up To Her Last Name
Anyone with a last name like “Moneymaker” better have some solid credentials to make themselves look as good as they sound, and Heidi nails this on the head. She’s one of the more well-known stuntwoman in the game, often doubling for the awesome and sultry Scarlett Johansson in movies like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 2. Like most of her fellow mates in the business, she was a collegiate gymnast, receiving numerous awards at UCLA for her abilities. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Heidi actually worked alongside her sister, Renae Moneymaker, who stunt doubled for Jennifer Lawrence in the film.
4. Caitlin Dechelle – Doubled For Rousey
If you think Ronda Rousey is badass, you should get to know her stunt double from Furious 7, Caitlin Dechelle. This World Champion Martial Artist (and I’m not talking about Rousey!) was born and raised in Miami, FL. At age 13, she began working with Mike Chat (the Blue Power Ranger) and was personally called for by Jackie Chan to costar with him in Chinese Zodiac. A quick look through her gallery photos on her website, and you’d legitimately think she was BFFs with Jackie Chan. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she also stunt doubled for Gigi Hadid in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, which won the 2015 VMA Video of the Year!
3. Maja Aro – One Of The Best In The Biz
Jumping off rooftops and fighting men is just another day in the life of this stuntwoman. The Canadian brunette stunt doubled for Gemma Arterton as Gretel in Hansel & Gretel: With Hunters and has also worked in shows like Arrow, Once Upon a Time and Supernatural. In 2015, Maja won the first ever Artemis Stunt Warrior Award at the inaugural Artemis Women in Action Film Festival for her dedication and hardcore stunt work throughout the years. Fun fact: Maja (previously Maja Stace-Smith) and her husband Jefferey Aro (previously Jefferey Ong) both changed their last names to Aro in honor of the location of their engagement, Mount Kilimanjaro. Jeff is also a stunt performer and stunt coordinator.
2. Olivia Jackson – Doubled For Milla Jovovich
This beautiful stuntwoman hailed from Cape Town, South Africa. If you’ve heard her name in any articles lately though, it definitely wasn’t for good news. While doubling for Milla Jovovich in a motorbike chase for the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, she crashed into a metal camera arm after it malfunctioned. She was placed under an induced coma and has since gone through spinal surgery. After the accident, actress Milla Jovovich penned a long post on Facebook saying it was a miracle that Olivia survived and that everyone has been praying for her full recovery. Prior to the accident, Olivia performed stunts in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and doubled for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Mad Max: Fury Road.
1. Joanna Bennett – She’s Done It all
What do The Purge: Anarchy, Insurgent, Captain America: Civil War and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video have in common? Joanna, that’s what. This blonde was a gymnast at UC Berkeley where she studied Political Science. Her current stunt skills are ENDLESS, from trampoline, precision driving and wire work to snow boarding, martial arts and weight lifting. If it’s something athletic, chances are Joanna can get it done. Her resume also includes a constant appearance stunt doubling in TV shows like Make It or Break It, Grimm and The Librarians.