#1 Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Blunt had geared up to play the role of a super soldier in Edge of Tomorrow with the help of a diverse routine, including gymnastics, weight training, Krav Manga and sprint training.
#2 Kate Beckinsale -Underworld
This movie saw Kate having on Selene’s signature bodysuit for five installments of Underworld, every time resorting to a six-day regimen of circuit training and “brutal” cardio. With circuit training one is never doing the same thing for too long as it changes to something else when you get to the point you almost can’t bear it.
#3 Jennifer Lawrence – Hunger Games
To make it through the Hunger Games alive this beauty had to get in shape for survival mode with the help of archery lessons and tree and rock climbing sessions.
#4 Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
Prior to Wonder Woman she had to shoot Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Having spent approximately 9 months training had made Gal Gadot super fit. This was of course motivation for her husband to match up and get as fit as her.
#5 Angelina Jolie – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
To exemplify video game heroine Lara Croft on the silver screen twice, the Oscar winner boxed, lifted weights and overall bulked up to look the part and tackle many of the demanding fight scenes and stunts herself. Way to go Angelina !
#6 Halle Berry – Catwoman
This fictitious comic book character that prowls through the night was portrayed well by Berry. Harley Pasternak had her doing circuit train on set during lunch breaks and kept her energy high with multiple small meals throughout the day. It is no surprise how she managed to be both strong and lean.
#7 Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Her portrayal of Selena Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises was effortless. The Oscar winner said there was no secret regimen to get catsuit-ready. With a controlled diet and going to the gym actively it was no surprise how she pulled it off.
#8 Demi Moore – G.I. Jane
How does one successfully portray a lieutenant going through gruelling Navy training in G.I. Jane? Here’s how- Moore had to be able to perform the routine herself, so she hit the gym with a real-life Navy Seal.
#9 Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
The actress had won her second Oscar for her authentic portrayal of a defeated boxing champion in Million Dollar Baby, but in order to win the gold off-screen, Swank got into character by training for long hours a day just like the pros.
The success of these actresses in their respective roles in many ways depended on the physical aspect. A body of a fighter in any form cannot be faked, hence these actresses had to commit to transforming with the help of months of dedicated training and coordinated meal plans.
Truly impressive to see ladies prove that they too can kick ass in a genre typically reserved for male stars.