FEATURE

The Sorority of Cinema Badasses

The Sorority of Cinema Badasses consists of five women who have made varying but vital contributions to action heroism from the 1970s to the present day. It is a steely nod of respect to some of the all-time greats, because as hard as it is to make it as an actress, it is doubly hard to make it as an action heroine. These women include Sigourney Weaver, Pam Grier, Michele Yeoh, Linda Hamilton and may we introduce you to the woman who inspired this article in the first place – Zoë “The Cat” Bell. You may not know Zoë Bell, but you have seen her— at least, the back of her—in action, defying death and annihilating henchmen. She is quite simply Hollywood’s coolest stuntwoman, best known for her work on Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2 and Catwoman.

She is currently in Telluride, Colorado, up to her neck in being awesome on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film The Hateful Eight, in which she plays the character Six Horse Judy. Tarantino said of her that when they met that he was first struck by how “cool” she was, then by her determination. “It would have been impressive if she had nailed (her audition stunt) the first time, but it was just as impressive that she did it four times in a row and wiped out—wiped out hard—and got up and laughed about it, got mad about it, and went back and did it again. And that’s what got her the job.” 

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