Chloe Bruce is a world champion stuntwoman, who has achieved notoriety in the film world for featuring in Hollywood blockbusters such as World War Z, Kick Ass 2, and Thor: The Dark World. With a Guinness World Record for the most amounts of kicks in one minute under her belt, you wouldn't want to get on her bad side!
Most recently, Bruce trained and doubled up for Zoe Saldana as green vixen, Gamora, in Guardians of The Galaxy. Here, she tells us what it's really like kicking ass on screen.
STUDIO: How did you first get into being a stuntwoman?
Chloe Bruce: I first started doing stunts out of sheer coincidence. I have always done martial arts, and I remember I was what they call a 'special extra' on John Carter of Mars (2012), which is basically an extra, with special skills. From there, the stunt coordinator that was going on to shoot Wrath of the Titans (2012) asked me to double the actress, and it was then that I found out about the whole stunt training and stunt register.
STUDIO: What was your big break in film?
CB: My first film was Wrath of the Titans, in which I was the stunt double for Korrina (Lily James). This was an awesome experience, and one in which I will always be grateful for, because it introduced me to the stunt industry.
STUDIO: You've worked on some heavyweight films to date – what would you say is the biggest challenge of the job?
CB: One of the biggest challenges, I'd say, is your mind. You have to stay focused and believe in yourself. It really can get tough sometimes, especially when you are doing something new for the first time, or something challenging, or very long shoot days. You know, deep down, you have the talent and skill to do it, but sometimes the pressure can get on top of you. Sometimes, it's good to take a moment to just focus on what you are about to do, and reassure yourself a little. Having a great team around you helps with this a lot.
STUDIO: Tell us about Guardians of the Galaxy – am I right in understanding that you not only trained Zoe Saldana for her role as Gamora, but performed her stunts in the film, as well?
CB: I was one of the trainers for Zoe, yes, and I was her stunt double, also. We worked alongside one another to make sure that we both portrayed Gamora as one. Zoe was very specific on this, so whether it was Zoe or I on screen, we would move and carry ourselves in the same way.
STUDIO: We've seen Saldana kick some serious ass on screen – how many of her own stunts did she do in this film?
CB: Zoe did a lot of her own action. She was a great mover, and picked up all the choreography so fast. In fact, all the fights she shot, I just did certain shots whereby her face wasn't to camera, and was used more for the wire stunts.
STUDIO: How does working on a fantasy film compare, stunt-wise, to other genres?
CB: I think fantasy-style films are great, especially for stunts, because it means there will be a lot of action. In fact, I haven't done many – maybe one movie whereby it wasn't fantasy. I am sure they will be around for a while. Well, I hope so!
STUDIO: Who would be the number one actress you would love to double for?
CB: I'd love to double for more action roles, like Gamora; maybe Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, or even someone like Chloë Grace Moretz. But, I think Chloë maybe a little too short!
Guardians of the Galaxy launches onto 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD on 24th November.