The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Here's a list of the most successful Hollywood actresses in their 40s better known for her performances in action movies.
There is no better icon of girl power than the severe girl character type; anything a man can do she can do just as well or even better. In modern times, iconic on-screen tough girls like Furiosa in "Mad Max" empower women and encourage them to be brave and strong. These following successful actresses that are now in their 40s have proved along with their careers that women are not fragile or weak but unstoppable and wonderful.
This Ukraine born model best known for her breakthrough role in the film "The Fifth Element" in 1997, officially jumped into fame, portraying the character of Alice in the "Resident Evil" film series. The actress of futuristic action heroines started as a teenager with a meteoric rise through the modeling ranks to become Prada's muse and Gianni Versace's favorite supermodel. Between her most memorable performances, Milla has interpreted Joan of Arc in "The Messenger," and she went on to star the American dystopian science fiction action film "Ultraviolet."
After making more than a dozen films, including "The Devil's Advocate" and "The Cider House Rules," Theron begged to be cast in real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos. She has astounded audiences and critics with her on-screen transformation and emotional truth. The South African-American actress played the character of Imperator Furiosa in the popular 2015 film "Mad Max: Fury Road". Charlize also shows her master martial arts kick fighting and gun skills in "Atomic Blonde," in which she performs amazing combats that prove why she is the queen of action movies.
Olga was discovered as a model in Moscow at the age of 13. The Ukrainian-French actress and model played Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" and appeared in the science fiction movie "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise as Alice Fournier. In 2005, Kurylenko won the best actress category at the Brooklyn international film festival for her starring role in the French film based on the novel written by Yoko Ogawa "The Ring Finger (L'Annulaire)." Her most recent performance is in "The Translators" movie, a best-seller trilogy in which she plays Katerina Anisinova.
The professional movie career of this Oscar-winning actress began in 1993 when she took on the lead role of a robot programmed for seduction and assassination in the sci-fi movie "Cyborg 2". Following this, she gained attention from movie gurus in the role of a sexy teenage troublemaker in the movie "Hackers" and for starring in several made-for-TV films which earned her multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. However, her breakthrough indeed came in 1999 with her appearance in "The Bone Collector" movie and when she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Girl, Interrupted". Some of her most iconic films are "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "Wanted", "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider", and "Salt."
The American actress known for her strict roles gained popularity with her troubled boxer performance in the 2000's film "Girlfight." Rodriguez has taken some pretty prominent roles in huge films like "Fast & Furious," "Resident Evil", "Avatar," and even played a role in the popular TV series "Lost". Michelle went to business school with the hopes of becoming a screenwriter or director. She already has two screenplays in the works; the first is a family film that reflects Jumanji meets Goonies with an environmental twist while the other is a remake of the 1997 film "Bandits". Only time will tell if she'll abandon acting and fall back on her writing hobby.
Female characters who embody pure strength shows not only how women can win fights but also that we can find many more unexpected examples of character that do exhibit a real inspiring cause teaching viewers how to be more resilient.