Hollywood has an endless supply of beautiful women. A small percentage of them make it to the big screen or land roles in television productions. The rest find other work. While the media focuses on the most successful beauties, there are hundreds of other women who work in film, are equally attractive, put in just as many hours, but never get their faces shown. These are the stunt women and body doubles.
Some stunt double job descriptions may specify only the body type and precise measurements of the actor doing the scene. However, they often require much more, including athletics, gymnastics, or martial arts talents.
Both stunt performers and body doubles maintain their fitness and appeal by following a strict regime, diet, and continuous training. As a result, many of these highly talented performers are just as hot (or even more attractive) than the actresses they sub for, giving them a run for their money.
Here are twenty female stunt doubles who are way hotter than the star actress.
20 Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke’s Stunt Double Rosie Mac
Emilia Clarke is a gorgeous and remarkable actress, but when she needs help with difficult stunts, she uses a double. For the HBO show “Game of Thrones” her body double was Rosie Mac, who won the part without even auditioning.
She said, "…I posted a selfie on Twitter, and I was wearing long, blonde hair. A while later I was asked by one of the agencies I am signed with to send in my body measurements, but they didn't tell me what for."
19 Margot Robbie's Stunt Double, Ingrid Kleinig
Australian Stunt double, Ingrid Kleinig has performed in several films including Justice League, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Mad Max: Fury Road, but her most challenging and fun role was doubling for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
“Harley Quinn is definitely the most fun I’ve had with a character. Her… crazy, unpredictable nature meant dramatically, there were really no limits to how far out of left field we could venture. That’s rare. It was very liberating.”
18 Wonder Woman Gal Gadot and Alicia Vela-Bailey
Alicia Vela-Bailey has been a stunt double for Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening, Charlize Theron in Brandon Flower's music video Crossfire, and a long list of other films.
However, her work as a double on Wonder Woman may have been the most demanding, requiring plenty of daring jump and fight scenes. It was undoubtedly the most significant since Gal Gadot was pregnant during part of the filming.
17 Kill Bill star Uma Thurman and Stunt Double Zoe Bell
When New Zealand stuntwoman and actress Zoe Bell stunt doubled for Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill films, she impressed Quentin Tarantino enough to cast her as an actress in other films.
He made her the star of the film about stunt doubles, Death Proof. She also appeared in an acting role in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
16 Lucy Liu Has a Double, Kimmy Suzuki, in Elementary
Born in Japan, Kimmy Suzuki is best known for her stunt work on Men in Black 3, The Black Panther, and The First Purge.
She has performed in more than 50 productions, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and she is the go-to body double for Lucy Liu on “Elementary.”
15 Shauna Duggins was a Stuntwoman for Jennifer Garner on Alias
Stuntwoman Shauna Duggins and Jennifer Garner are good friends and have worked together for years on several film and TV productions. During Shauna's career, she has made significant achievements in the world of stunt doubles.
The very first stuntwoman ever nominated for an Outstanding Stunt Coordination Emmy, Duggins commented. "Years ago, they dressed up the men to do stunts for women, then gradually it was, 'OK, well, the women can fall down' but left the bigger stunts for the guys.”
14 Lucy Cork Stunts for Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible
Soon after completing her training, Lucy Cork brought her natural athletic ability and dance skills to a stunt team that worked on major feature films including, The Mummy, Inferno, Assassin's Creed, Jack Reacher Never Go Back, Mission Impossible 6 and several more.
Perhaps her most famous role was performing stunts for Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible, who was pregnant for part of the shooting. Ferguson said of Cork, “I have the most incredible stunt double called Lucy Cork who jumps in when there’s a high kick…”
13 Stuntwoman, Stacey Carino Broke Her Neck for Megan Fox
Former fifth-grade science teacher, Stacey Carino has made a career of getting blown off rooftops and doing dangerous stunts. She was Megan Fox's stuntwoman on the film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Carino is so dedicated to her work, she didn’t even realize that she once broke her neck during a stunt until several years after.
She has contributed to movies as varied as The Jane Austen Book Club, Bruce Almighty, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
12 Helen Mirren’s Body Double is Half Her Age
Few women in their 70’s can boast about the condition of their bodies like 74-year-old Helen Mirren. However, despite her great shape, she chose to use a body double in the war thriller Eye in the Sky. She selected Fleur van Eeden, several years her junior.
Van Eeden commented, "It's amazing to be playing her body double when I'm 40 years younger than her. But Helen looks fantastic."
11 Natalie Portman’s Dance Controversy with Stunt Double Sarah Lane
Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as a ballerina in the 2010 psychological thriller film, Black Swan. Her role became controversial when her double Sarah Lane was credited only as "Lady in the Lane" and as "Stunts" rather than as Portman's double in the dance sequences.
Lane claimed, "Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me.”
10 Zoe Saldana Stunt Double Chloé Bruce
Professional martial artist, Chloé Bruce played Zoe Saldana’s stunt double in the film, Guardians of the Galaxy. She began her training early at age eight, and she won her first World Kickboxing Association (WKA) British title at the age of 12.
She was also selected to represent Britain at the World Championships. She is the world record holder for the most scorpion kicks (39) in one minute.
9 Kate Clarke Stunt Double for Angelina Jolie
Kate Clarke did some acting in her home state of Minnesota, but her work as a stunt double started in Los Angeles. She sent her measurements and a photo to Central Casting, one of the country’s principal agencies for background actors (those who do nonspeaking roles).
At an interview for Angelina Jolie’s double in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the competition was stiff, but Kate beat out 25 other women for the job.
8 Caitlin Dechelle Doubled for Cobie Smulders
Caitlin Dechelle’s stunt credits include the films, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ninja Apocalypse, Furious 7, and Wonder Woman. On the CBS program “How I Met Your Mother” and several other films and television series she worked as a stunt double for Cobie Smulders.
Dechelle portrayed The Geneticist, one member of the Dread Doctors, and was one of the main antagonists for the first half of Season 5 of MTV's Teen Wolf.
7 Heidi Moneymaker does Marvel, Black Widow stunts for Scarlett Johansson
Men's lifestyle magazine, Esquire, named actress Scarlett Johansson the sexiest woman alive…twice! Not only is she attractive, but watching her in a Marvel film like the Black Widow would convince any viewer that she also has some special athletic skills.
Although Johansson is no stranger to stunt work, she leaves the higher risk maneuvers to her stunt double and one of Hollywood’s most coveted stuntwomen, Heidi Moneymaker.
6 Dejay Roestenberg Stunt Doubles for Kristen Ritter
Dejay Roestenberg uses her martial arts experience to execute stunts to perfection and avoid severe damage to her body. She has done stunt double work for Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train, Dakota Johnson in How to be Single, and Kristen Ritter in the Jessica Jones episodes.
While Roestenberg is considered by some to be slightly less attractive than these three actresses, she certainly has more athletic talent.
5 Chelsea Bruland Stunt Doubled for Allison Williams in Get Out
Australian Chelsea Bruland's resume includes stunts performed in over one hundred film and TV productions. She is perhaps best known for her work on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and Terminator Genisys (2015).
Chelsea did the stunt double tasks for Allison Williams in the horror film Get Out (2017). However, she often does more than stunts on a production; she also acts at the stunt coordinator.
4 Monique Ganderton Stunts for Famke Janssen
Monique Ganderton is a beautiful woman in her own right, and as such has appeared in roles as an actress. As a stunt double, she has substituted for some of the most breathtakingly attractive women in Hollywood, including Darryl Hannah, Leelee Sobieski, and Famke Janssen.
While her stunt credits are many, Monique’s work on The Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was significant. She was Marvel’s first female stunt coordinator.
3 Leilani Munter Doubles for Catherine Zeta-Jones
Sports Illustrated named Leilani Munter one of the top female race car drivers in the world. She has raced in the Firestone Indy Lights and the ARCA Racing Series.
However, driving a race car is a mere hobby compared to her work as a stunt double. She was the double for Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2000 film Traffic and American Sweethearts in 2001.
2 Linda Jewell Stunts for Miranda Cosgrove
Linda Jewell has over seventy credits as a stunt double or stunt coordinator. She is perhaps best known for her work on The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Green Lantern (2011), and Furious 7 (2015).
Jewell has been a stunt double for Nathalie Emmanuel, Maggie Q, and Miranda Cosgrove, (however, not for her role as spunky Summer Hathaway in School of Rock!)
1 Tara Macken Doubled for Cara Delevingne in Suicide Squad
Tara Macken has done stunts in over 60 roles. She has doubled for Olivia Munn in Mortdecai, Eva Longoria in Telenova, the hilariously pokerfaced Aubrey Plaza in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Life After Beth, and the spellbindingly beautiful Jessica Alba in Mechanic Resurrection.
A nominee for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, Tara has also doubled for international supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne.
Sources: stage.worldlifestyle.com, thetalko.com, lamag.com, insidehook.com, herbeat.com