The thing about female leads in action films is that, for the most part, they're just not... real. I mean, sure, they look great in a thigh-high split dress, but running with heels in haute pursuit (see what I did there?) of some vigilante terrorist? Outrageous. Strict diets and crazy workouts to make them look taut and terrific just in time for filming? Only in Hollywood. Do they even remember what bread tastes like?
Which is why Rebecca Ferguson is such a refreshing breath of fresh air. Matching Tom Cruise blow-for-blow in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Ferguson is fit, not fragile; healthy, not hungry; brilliant, not just beautiful; and strong and secure, not simply sultry and sexualised. Of course, she has her eyebrow-raising moments — a leg seductively propped to support a firearm in a Viennese Opera or emerging Halle Berry-like from a pool in a black twin-set — but her poise and presence imbue her actions with gravitas.
Hand-picked by Cruise to star in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation after seeing her in the BBC mini-series The White Queen (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), Ferguson hails from Sweden (she resembles late Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman don't you think?) and, like Cruise, did all her own stunts in the movie. Impressive, especially when you consider all the building-hopping and combat fight scenes. There's definitely more to this lady than her auburn locks and steely blue eyes. One to watch.
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