With their impressive fight scenes, these actresses make Jackie Chan look like a rookie.
Lucy Liu is a major action movie star in her own right, so she can definitely give Jackie Chan a run for his money. Her biggest roles include Kill Bill Volume 1, in which she has a beautiful sword fight with Uma Thurman, ending with Lucy Liu's character having the top of her head sliced off, and Charlie's Angels.
Lucy has been practising martial arts for a very long time, so when it comes to doing stunts in movies, she does all of them herself. She practises Arnis, Silat as well as sword, stick and knife fighting techniques.
Michelle had no interest in martial arts until she started getting roles that required some martial arts skills. She practised ballet as a child, but when she got a role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, she signed up for martial arts classes.
Michelle has since appeared in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, where she performed all her stunts. Outside of movies, however, Michelle takes no interest in martial arts, only doing them for her movies.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah got a black belt in taekwondo, participated in competitions and won fights long before she was cast as the title character on the iconic TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
So shooting fighting scenes for Buffy, in which she faced off against vampires and other supernatural beings, was a breeze for her. She rarely had to use stunt doubles, doing most of her fight scenes herself. Sarah continues to practise martial arts: she does wrestling and is also a big fan of kickboxing.
In 2012, Jessica starred in the remake of Total Recall, where her character had to fight. Jessica decided to forego stunt doubles and instead signed up for martial arts classes.
She liked them so much that even after the filming for Total Recall ended, she continued to attend them. Jessica can now stand up for herself in a fight and easily get roles that have fight scenes.
Margot was never interested in martial arts either until she got a major role in Suicide Squad. She tried a variety of martial arts until settling on jiu-jitsu.
So she got to star in a big box-office hit in which it wasn't just her acting that she got to show off but also her fighting skills. And on top of that, she also realised she actually enjoyed martial arts.
Cynthia never thought about acting; her forte was martial arts. She started early and participated in competitions where she had to fight against men. She actually managed to win quite frequently.
She ended up in movies after becoming famous as a martial artist in Hong Kong, where she got offered her first movie role. She also had a successful movie career in the US, where she appeared in several successful productions such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Millionaires Express and many others.
As a child, Milla did not only do dancing and singing but also sports. Martial arts were her favourite and especially taekwondo. She got to show off her martial arts skills in all their glory when she was cast as the lead in the Resident Evil series.
Milla later took up jiu-jitsu and felt even more confident on set when called upon to perform all sorts of challenging stunts.
Carrie-Anne’s most famous role is Trinity in The Matrix. As is often the case with movie stars, many people think that her real-life persona is no different than the most famous character she has portrayed on screen. Well, there is some truth to that. Moss is a long-time kung fu practitioner and did all the fight scenes in the Matrix herself.
She still practises martial arts and is ready to take on roles with fight scenes in them. By the way, she says that martial arts also help her stay in great shape.