Tuesday 12 November 2019

Cornish wants more action heroines

Abbie Cornish would like to see more action roles for women
Abbie Cornish would like to see more action roles for women

Abbie Cornish has called for more female action stars.

The 28-year-old plays action heroine Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch, and hopes other actresses might follow suite.

"There hasn't been a film like this. Hopefully in the future, it'll be normal for females to do an action film. Women can be just as strong and interesting in these roles as males," she said.

While the actress didn't mind doling out the pain in those fight scenes, portraying the ballsy heroine packed a punch.

"That character was an experience for me. Playing someone that tough was hard work," she said.

"There were times when I got home on a Friday night and I'd feel hyper sensitive. I'd be really drained - all I wanted to do was get into my PJs and snuggle up."

Abbie added that her experiences of growing up on a farm in New South Wales came in handy when getting to grips with the weapons.

She joked: "I'm the best shot, obviously! My brother taught me how to shoot a slug gun. We used to put bottles and old tin cans on the fence at the farm and shoot them off. He taught me how to use a bow and arrow, and a crossbow too."

She continued: "All my guns were really big. The shotgun was massive and the M4 is semi-automatic. I really loved the pistol, even though my character never uses it. There's something about the precision of it that changes your body and how you carry yourself."

:: Sucker Punch is in cinemas now.

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