The Army of the Dead actress’ journey from stuntman to star
Double stunt and actress Samantha Win is the definition of a badass, taking the action on films like Man Of Steel and 300: Rise of An Empire, and the training of actresses for their roles.
Samantha dubbed the likes of Eva Green, Antje Traue, and even Kristen Stewart on Twilight: Breaking Dawn, revealing what it’s like to work so closely with actresses and literally fight their battles.
She didn’t stop there, however, as she’s now a full-fledged actress as well, most recently starring in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead and bringing her action skills with her to the role.
As part of our series, Seeing Double, which delves into the extraordinary lives of some of the most fearless artists in film and television – double stuntmen – we talk to Samantha.
She reflected on the most memorable stunts of her career, fighting alongside Henry Cavill and Amy Adams and becoming an actress after her stunt experience.
Samantha’s double CV
- Samantha took to stunts after starting martial arts at the age of four. Her first screen role was 2009, and the rest is history.
- She’s starred in movies like Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, TV series like Agents of SHIELD, and even for video games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
- Samantha has voiced actresses, including Kristen Stewart, Eva Green, and Jena Malone, and is now a full-fledged actress, recently starring in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.
What were the most memorable stunts?
“ As far as the footage and the gags I’m proud of, for Man of Steel, the whole Smallville streak was like living on a new cloud. Just being on set, seeing Henry in his costume for the first time with his cape on, ”Samantha explained.
“ And being in Smallville, solidified in front of the camera for all eternity, was more than a dream come true. ”
“ On Man of Steel, we started in February, then we only got to shoot in August, and we didn’t finish until next February. So it was a full year of production and the gags and yarn moves, they all change depending on how strong everyone is, ”she continued.
“It was a bit more difficult to predefine a choreography. If Antje Traue was more comfortable one way than another, that would change.
“ For 300: Rise of an Empire, what stood out to me the most was the kind of character Artemisia was. Every time I dubbed the character, there would be a whole army behind me, ”added Samantha. Whether it’s jumping from ship to ship, fighting with swords, or riding a horse, there’s a whole army behind you so it really makes you feel like you are that genre. chief.
“ The choreography, given that she has double swords, was so much fun to play, so that part really stands out. How often do you use double swords, dressed in the kind of bodice armor she has, fighting on a ship with hundreds of people by your side ?!
Who most wanted to do their own stunts?
“ Most of the actors I’ve worked with have been extremely ambitious and enthusiastic when it comes to any stunts that they’re allowed to do, this production will allow them to do. Antje loved being on the wires, she loved doing all the body movements, she loved fighting all the soldiers, ”recalls Samantha.
“ Eva Green was very unique in that she was very happy to let the stunt double or whoever she thought was best for the character to go ahead and do it. She’s such a nice person, the only thing that strikes me is not that she wants to do a stunt, but that she really doesn’t want me to do a stunt because she was worried about my stunt. security!
“ What made it so enjoyable was that the waterfall was just jumping off a three or four foot ledge, which by our standards isn’t a big deal. ”
What was it like working with the cast of Man of Steel?
‘I also played a small role in [Man Of Steel] so I was also one of Antje’s right-hand men, so I got to watch his work and his process. She’s an amazing actress and she dives fully into every character she plays, so be by her side as we walk Lois Lane and Superman to Black Zero. [was amazing].
“It was just the four of us and I remember looking to my left, and it was Henry, then Amy Adams and then Antje, and I was like, ‘This is a pretty cool moment,’ just to watch. everyone’s preparation.
“ I really appreciated how focused Antje was, she was the most focused of everyone. And Henry and Amy were amazing, they could just be cheating and joking until they triggered the action.
How have stunts helped her as an actress?
Samantha is now an actress and doesn’t work much in the stunt world – but her experience has helped her a lot in her roles, including her last performance in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.
“ I’ve most definitely brought elements of my stunt career into every character I’ve described so far, most recently on Army of the Dead, ” she explained.
“ Even Man of Steel or Wonder Woman, working very closely with the stunt team – I was very lucky to have this bodily experience, when I do fight scenes I have extra awareness now. ”
Additionally, she will never forget her roots and was inspired by “ some of the greatest stunt girls in the world, ” adding her colleagues Shauna Duggins, Heidi Moneymaker and Ming Qui.
“ It really gave women in stunts a special place in my heart. ”
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