Action movies have long been part of the movie industry. However, in recent years, there have been a number of action films that feature women as lead roles. These so-called Femme Fatales have grown in number since the women of the original Charlie’s Angels blew the crowd with their jumps, punches and high kicks. Moreover, the roles reserved for these feisty women are no longer that or heroines but also as villains, secret agents and assassins.
Here are some of the fiercest women in Hollywood that can really literally kick some a$s and have long fascinated Filipino audiences.
Angelina Jolie – Angelina Jolie has starred in numerous action packed roles in the past few years including the movie adaptation of the hit video game series, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the Russian assassin in Evelyn Salt in SALT, and of course in the 2005 romantic comedy action film with real life husband Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Jennifer Garner – Jennifer Garner’s another Hollywood star with femme fatale roles. Her first was in the TV series Alias, which gave her a name as a sultry yet deadly secret agent. She then moved to the big screen with her roles in other action movies like Elektra and Daredevil.
Zoe Saldana – Zoe Saldana might not be as bright a star as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner but she was exceptionally awesome in the 2011 action film – Colombiana as Cataleya Restrepo. In the movie, she plays a professional assassin torn between doing her job and her family.
Lucy Lawless – She’s Xena the warrior princess and became very popular in the 90s with her famous battle cry. She also appeard in other TV series like Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. And on top of that, she also has a career in singing and in theatre.
Maggie Q – Margaret Denise Quigley more populary known as Maggie Q plays the lead role in CW’s espionage drama thriller series Nikita. Aside from her starring role in Nikita, Maggie Q has also appeared in several action packed films like Naked Weapon, Mission: Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard. She has also appeared in the video game franchise Need for Speed, specifically in the Need for Speed: Undercover game.
Milla Jovovich - Another famous name in the field of kick-butt women is American model and actress Milla Jovovich. Her most famous femme fatale role would be her character as Alice in the highly successful Resident Evil movie franchise. Aside from being an actress, Jovovich is also a recording artist and a fashion designer.
Kate Beckinsale - Kate Beckinsale is an English actress who have starred in different movies from different genres. She has appeared on comedy and drama roles alongside other notable actors such as John Cusack, Adam Sandler and Ben Afleck to name a few. Moreover, she has played a number of heroine roles in various titles including Van Helsing and Total Recall. Her most famous femme fatale role was her character as Selene in the Underworld movie series.