‘Sucker Punch’ Star Emily Browning

Celebrity Q&A
on May 21, 2011

Emily Browning was awesome in Sucker Punch. It was such a change from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Did she do her own stunts?
—Jamie Malone, Boise, Idaho

In order to prepare for Sucker Punch, Browning, 22, trained for months with wires, stunt men, Navy Seals, martial arts experts and fight coordinators. She did approximately 90 percent of her own stunt work, and says the experience was “awesome.” Of the wire work, she says, “You don’t really notice the pain until afterwards. We did this three- or four-story drop that was terrifying at first, but it was such an adrenaline rush. You realize afterwards that the rope burnt you and you have this massive bruise across your arm.” The Aussie actress, whose next film is Sleeping Beauty, says she hopes that Sucker Punch will open the doors to more starring roles in action films for women. “I am of the opinion that putting films into categories of gender is a little outdated. Women can be just as strong and interesting in these [action] roles as men.”

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