January 47, 2014
Zoë Bell: From Stuntwoman to Star
Zoë Bell is a gymnast and martial artist who became an international action icon when she achieved fame as Quentin Tarantino’s preferred stunt woman. Born in New Zealand, she began her career as the stunt double for Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess. In Los Angeles, she landed the role as Uma Thurman’s stunt double on Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies; most of her days consisted of sword fights, body burns, karate, and all-out pugilism. Bell quickly became one of the most sought after stunt performers in Hollywood. In the 2007 grindhouse movie Death Proof, Tarantino create a role that allowed Bell to play herself, showcasing her instinctive acting talents alongside her great action skills. Her acclaimed performance showed that Hollywood had a new leading lady—with a rare flair for acting and action. The thrill-packed new movie Raze gives Bell her biggest role to date; this series showcases some of her finest work.