Growing up with a father who is deeply passionate about martial arts, I watched him train diligently at an early age, and told myself I’d one day be acting & fighting in a movie alongside Jackie Chan! Intrigued by martial arts at a young age, I took my first judo class at the age of 8. Subsequently, I trained in Tae-Kwon-Do for a few years, achieved one belt below black, and enjoyed competing in local tournaments. That was it for then.
Who would’ve known that many years later, a series of events would have led me to do stunts, and in particular that I’d find passion in film-fighting. From the moment I got hooked, I decided to focus on developing my film fighting and stunt skills, by which I had the opportunity to train under renowned stunt coordinator Jean Frenette for a few years. Through it, I was blessed to land my first stunt gigs in 2016 on feature films such as “MOTHER!” dir. by Darren Aronofsky, “Bon Cop Bad Cop 2” and “Death Wish” featuring Bruce Willis, and got to experience MOCAP as Stunt Actor on video game RAINBOW SIX SIEGE, which I very much enjoyed. In addition, having worked on indie action short films, and in particular “AUDREY” as the female lead, I was thrilled by the experience and was inspired to further explore the best of both worlds: to combine my love for both acting and stunts in film.
What I love about film-fighting is the nuances found in a fight choreography, that is much like an acting scene. While on the journey to discovering the stunts realm, I’m realizing there will be always room for growth. So far, I’ve gotten a taste of the martial arts aspect to it, and love it, but feeling the pull now to get more into weapons!
My latest FILM/TV stunt credits include TV Show’s BLOOD & TREASURE, and EXCELSIS, a Canadian feature film in Toronto based on Women’s MMA – to which I’m grateful for these experiences and growth that came from it.
Ultimately, what really gets me going is, being able to act and fight all at once.
Lastly, the action movies I’m drawn to most, are the ones where the character isn’t there just to fight. But has a deep back story, which led here to fight.
So, why I do stunts? Because it pushes me out of my comfort zone. Because it inspires me to face my fears. Because it makes me feel Alive.