Gina Carano: MMA Fighter Turned Actress and Star to Watch Out For

January 19, 2012 By:
Gina Carano: MMA Fighter Turned Actress and Star to Watch Out For

Stephen Soderbergh's new flick Haywire stars Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum and a face you might not recognize. Haywire marks the acting debut of former UFC fighter and Mixed Martial Artist, Gina Carano. And why should we care about Gina Carano? Because Channing Tatum tells Hollyscoop that Carano is "probably hotter than most girls that you've ever been with."

That's a lot to live up to, but we think Carano will do just fine. Carano tells Hollyscoop at the premiere of Haywire what she thought about the transition from fighting to acting.

"It was the same kind of adrenaline rush with acting," she tells HS of doing all the action stunts for Haywire herself, "With acting, you get to do it over and over, whereas with fighting you only get one shot at it."

She also says working with renowned director Stephen Soderbergh wasn't too bad either.

"I really enjoyed being able to have some direction from one of the most amazing directors in the world and getting to do it over and over," she says.

When doing an action film, most actors have stunt men do everything for them, but Carano says she was so surprised at the cast of Haywire and how they all dove headfirst into their work. I guess acting isn't that different from the martial arts ring.

"It was amazing, because they wanted to do everything themselves. I've never acted with anybody before but they all wanted to do everything themselves, every single on of them."

So how does Carano shape up as an actress according to her director?

"Gina's awesome. I love Athletes, [they] have a certain quality that I think is very difficult to fake. Just the way they carry themselves is different...She's like a panther," says director Soderbergh.

Soderbergh must have really loved her because basing a movie around an unknown athlete with zero acting training is very risky.

"I want to build a movie around her," he told Hollyscoop "Why can't she do what a lot of other men in similar situations and other athletes have been given the opportunity to do."

Who knows, maybe Gina Carano is the next Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?