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The Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

Don’t mess with these bad-asses. And Hollywood, give these talented women more action!

 

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

 

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and their agents — realize most of all is that carrying an action movie brings global marquee value and a much higher asking price. It’s a strategy that’s served men for decades.

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Sofia Boutella Talks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Love Scene With Charlize Theron

‘She’s Gorgeous, So That Wasn’t Too Hard’

 

Charlize Theron is a fighter and a lover as butt-kicking MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in the gritty upcoming actioner Atomic Blonde. And it’s not just James McAvoy’s David who “thinks he f–king loves her.” In the movie’s steamiest scene, Brougton “makes contact,” so to speak, with French operative Sandrine, played by Kingsman and Star Trek Beyond breakout Sofia Boutella.

 

“I was really nervous at first, but [Charlize] made it so easy for me,” Boutella told Yahoo Movies at Cinemacon in Las Vegas (watch above). “Honestly, she made me so comfortable… She’s gorgeous, so that wasn’t too hard.”

 

The pairing with Boutella is not Theron’s first onscreen relationship with another woman. In her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, the actress romanced Christina Ricci, who played Aileen’s girlfriend Selby.

 

As Boutella pointed out, there are “technical” aspects to filmmaking that often render seemingly sexy celluloid moments more clinical as the scene is being shot. “But at the end of the day, [Theron] just made it easy,” Boutella said. “I had a blast.”

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