Actresses who did serious training for a role
In an era where action flicks and superhero stories are Hollywood's bread and butter, we're finally getting the strong female leads we've been lacking for decades. It's not enough for the female stars of these films to be talented and beautiful; they also have to acquire a very particular set of skills (and sometimes, a very particular set of muscles to match) in order to fulfill the physical demands of their roles.
From soldiers and spies to intergalactic assassins and psychotic ballerinas, these women put in maximum effort before the cameras ever began rolling, in order to be in peak condition when it came time to kick ass onscreen. That means hard work, specialized training, being highly attuned to their diets, and pretty much whatever else it takes to get in the best shape for the role. These women did it all, and then some, and we've got al the details about their training regimens.