Angelina Jolie is well-known for many things. For her marriage to Brad Pitt and their softball team-sized family. For winning an Oscar (Girl Interrupted, in 1999). For opting to undergo a double mastectomy and remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes because she was at risk for cancer. And now, she can add inspiring a new wave of bombshell “superheroes” on the small screen.
Such as two of the stars from the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the 15-part spinoff of The Flash and Arrow.
Ciara Renee and Caity Lotz were in Toronto on Thursday to help promote CTV’s upcoming fall lineup at their annual upfront presentation at the Sony Centre. There, they told The Loop that when their series begins in early 2016, they want to portray strong women who actually look like they know what they’re doing.
“Believability is my huge thing,” Lotz, who plays resurrected fan favourite Sara Lance (a.k.a. The Canary) from Arrow, explained. “If you’re going to throw a punch, know how to throw a punch. It adds a lot to the character. No twig arms.”
“People have been really nice and supportive via Twitter,” Renee, who is taking martial arts and boxing classes for her role as Hawkgirl, added. “They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, she’s fit. This will be great, she actually looks like she can do this.’ Thank you!”
When the pair think of strong female role models to aspire to, however, it isn’t Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway or even Scarlett Johansson who come to mind (although both admit ScarJo is doing a great job with The Avengers).
If the women were to chose a role model, it would be none other than Angelina Jolie.
“She’s one of those people with twig arms, but she’s just so badass,” Loitz explained. “She probably could kill you. In some of her action stuff maybe not, but she has that badass persona; she’s so dangerous.”
“And she’s mysterious,” Renee added. “I love Angelina Jolie. You believe her, she’s so great.”
“And now she’s like the U.N. ambassador, really saving the world,” Loitz chimed in.
Sounds like the girls have some pretty big shoes to fill.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will air on CTV sometime in early 2015.