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She’s Taking On ‘Wigging’ And Whitewashing In Hollywood Stunts

“Wigging” is a film industry term that describes the practice of male stunt performers standing in for women on gags. “Painting down” is its cousin, in which White stunt performers stand in for actors of color. Veteran stunt performer Deven MacNair has made it her mission to speak out against these practices and demand change.

Women of Action: Meet the Stuntwomen Who Help Stars Kick Ass

When Johansson gets punched in the face, Heidi Moneymaker takes the hit. When Elizabeth Olsen crashes through a window, it’s C.C. Ice who ends up with scratches. Hollywood’s most unsung behind-the-scenes heroes star in a Hollywood Reporter photo portfolio. Meet the Stuntwomen who help stars kickass.

The Real-Life Diet of Janene Carleton, Hollywood Stuntwoman and Master of Hard Falls

For Hollywood stuntwoman Janene Carleton, a typical day at the office might involve jumping off a building, or from a moving vehicle, or perhaps both of these things at the same time, while her entire body is engulfed in flames. After nearly 15 years in the business,...

Why Stuntwomen Are Angry About ‘Wigging’

Becoming a stuntwoman is especially difficult in an industry where men often play female characters. But more performers are breaking through. A woman is doubled over on a platform, clutching her stomach. She screams, then flops 4.5 metres (15ft) on to a giant...

Hollywood’s Content Boom Is Leading to Stunt Performer Injuries and Deaths

Extreme dangers of the job: With seasoned pros stretched thin, productions are hiring haphazardly and cutting corners as stunt performers go public with complaints that union regulations have “no teeth” and new oversight may not go nearly far enough, Scott Johnson reports in the Hollywood Reporter:

The Stunts of Helen Gibson

Crystal Riley uses the stunts of Helen Gibson in her talk entitled The Stunts of Helen Gibson: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Join Crystal while she discusses tales of peril and possibility, jeopardy and chance; of flirting with danger and being willing to lose it all in this Odd Salon lecture.

5 Female Stunt Performers Reveal What It’s Really Like To Kick Butt On-Screen

You may not know their names or even their faces, but if you watch TV, go to the movies, or play video games, you know their work. Female Stuntwomen have been making on-screen magic happen for decades, masterminding and performing the car chases, bare-knuckle brawls, and wirework...

What It’s Like to be Black Female Stunt Performers

In the world of stuntwomen and stuntmen, the audience typically knows little about who is performing. If the job is being executed correctly, viewers may not even realize that their favorite film star was doubled. Makeup, hair preparation and strategic camera techniques disguise these talented daredevils during...

Stuntwomen From Foxy Brown To Black Panther On Hollywood’s Hardest Job

Picture a job that requires long hours, dangerous physical tasks, a high risk of injury, and enduring discrimination and a lack of opportunity. These are the challenges faced by black stuntwomen. In a 2016 survey, 18 out of 43 stuntwomen said...

20 QUESTIONS FOR… Caitlin Dechelle, Wonder Woman Stunt Double

Lead stunt double for Gal Gadot in the film Wonder Woman, Caitlin Dechelle was responsible for the kickass stunts and fighting scenes that brought the film to life. A martial artist from the age of six, she has 95 world titles. To find out more, I put 20 questions to Caitlin about martial arts, stunts and working on Wonder Woman.