Carano: I Think I Can Do More Than Just Be The Badass
Gina Carano is definitely a badass. She is best known for helping to usher in the movement of mainstream women’s MMA with her 7-1 professional record, and her appearances in films showcasing her talent and strength. While we are still waiting to hear any official word on her return to MMA, Carano is happy talking to Mania.com about the fulfillment she gets out of acting, specifically her latest role as Ava, in the film In The Blood, which is currently out in theaters.
“Just the notion of what you might do if a family member vanished in a strange country. It’s kind of “worst nightmare” material. It’s something that really scares me. That frustration and that terror. You’re in a foreign country and your husband goes to the hospital and he vanishes, and you don’t know if he’s alive or dead. So to take that and then figure out what you could do in those circumstances. It’s really empowering, especially as a woman fighting to save a man. That makes it a different story than most people expect without getting away from these very powerful fears and the very powerful sense of how you might react to them. Acting that out was very fulfilling, expressing those emotions. I can do the physical stuff in this movie, but the acting was where I really felt I grew so much.”
There is one thing that Gina does want everyone to know about her. Even though she is pretty much branded as the typical strong badass, she wants to let her softer side show through a little more.
“I think when people look back at my fighting career, they automatically think of me for these ass-kicking roles, and that’s been great. But honestly, I’m really more delicate than people think. In my life, it regular real life, I’m much less the bad ass than this image out there. I’d like to push forward in that direction. I’d like to look at roles that are more grounded, more real. To have that strength, but in a much different context, a dramatic context. Creatively, there’s a lot of appeal there. I think I can do more than just be the bad ass. I hope I can grow into that as my career goes on. That can be hard sometimes. People want to put you in the box, and you just have to fight past their preconceived notions.”