Ronda Rousey: The Real-Life Female Superhero Hollywood Has Been Waiting For

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Ronda Rousey is a powerhouse woman who made Mixed Martial Arts history by becoming the first female fighter to compete in the UFC! There was a time when owner Dana White said a woman would never compete in the UFC, but lo and behold Ronda brings in just as big audiences to her fights as some of the men in the sport.

Aside from her prowess in the ring, she is also an Olympic medalist and Judo champion. There is no stopping her. Her next frontier to conquer is Hollywood. She has already filmed parts in the upcoming ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Entourage’ movies, and has just made her big screen debut in Sylvester Stallone’s major sausage-fest ‘Expendables 3’. And while the action flick didn’t do so well at the box office, Ronda’s appearance has signaled a change that is happening in Hollywood, especially in the action blockbuster genre.

In an interview with Philly.com, the 27 year-old says she wasn’t the favorite for the role of Luna in the action franchise, but it was the star and creator of the film. Sylvester Stallone, who fought for a real female fighter to add to the all-star ensemble.

“There were much more high-profile women, better known names than me, and he was the one pushing for me and taking the risk,” she said.

“I wanted someone beautiful and tough, and in walks this girl,” Stallone said in an interview with USA Today. “Talk about a one-off.” The ‘Rocky’ star also announced a spin-off called ‘The Expendabelles‘ featuring an all-female cast, proving his eye for recognizing the growing female trend in Hollywood. No word on whether Ronda will be part of this film, but we have a pretty good feeling she will.

Now that women make up the majority of movie ticket buyers, it’s a smart move on Hollywood and Sylvester Stallone’s part, proving that strong female characters are an undeniable success. Just look at ‘Frozen’, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, and ‘Lucy’ and how they obliterated their competition at the box office if you need any proof.

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But what Ronda wants to bring to the industry is an authentic female superhero quality where there are no gimmicks to dumb down the power of a woman.

“I’m tired of watching this thing where the woman’s superpower is dumbed down. In ‘The Fantastic Four’, the woman is the invisible one. In ‘ X-Men’, (telekinetic) Jean Grey gets tired all the time,” Rousey says. “Wonder Woman is cool, but she has bulletproof bracelets, while Superman is a bulletproof dude. It’s like she has really cool accessories. I think about that a lot.”

In another interview with UPI, she talks about wanting to continue to portray strong female characters on-screen. If her track record against her UFC and Judo opponents is anything to go by, it looks like she will easily dominate and crush the stereotypes that exist in Hollywood.

“We’re entering an age of female empowerment,” she asserted. “What’s happening in Hollywood is what’s happened in MMA. The reason women are popular in MMA is because people wanted to watch them. It took a while for people to wake up for that. In Hollywood, there is a similar void, waiting to be filled.”

She is on the money with that one. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter before the film was released, she talks about being the female version of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who also went from a successful fighting career to major success on-screen.

I never thought that being an action movie star was in the cards for me. My agent kept telling me, “You’re going to be the female Rock.” Then I started to believe it could be a reality. I don’t half-ass anything. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it to be the best in the world at it. A lot of actresses appear in action movies, but there aren’t any female action stars. I love Angelina Jolie, but … it’s about believability for me. Milla Jovovich is one of my favorite actresses — ‘The Fifth Element’ really opened my eyes, and the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise was amazing. So definitely a mix of Milla Jovovich and The Rock is what I’m going for. People love chick fights. They love tough, empowered women. And there is a demand. People just don’t know it.”

Oh girl, we know it, and we are super excited that we have real life female badasses taking on the bad guys. It looks like Hollywood just had the gauntlet thrown down, because if Ronda’s presence is anything to go by, there is no room for gender-based excuses any longer. And since ‘Expendables 3’ cast as male-dominated, perhaps they can blame that for its dismal box office sales. Our money is on Ronda to bring this fight home!

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