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Mary Elizabeth Winstead performs all her own gruelling stunts in new sci-fi epic Kate: ‘It made me feel more in touch’

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s new role in the action-packed film Kate, sees her pushing her body to the limit!The 36-year-old actress, who plays a ruthless criminal operative in the upcoming Netflix film, was determined to throw herself into all the stunt …

Mary Elizabeth Winstead's new role in the action-packed film Kate, sees her pushing her body to the limit!

The 36-year-old actress, who plays a ruthless criminal operative in the upcoming Netflix film, was determined to throw herself into all the stunt work on set.

"It was so much fun. I felt really lucky that I had a choreographer who could tailor the fights to what I could do, so I was able to stay on set and do those scenes myself," she tells 9Honey Celebrity of the physical preparation.

"It made me feel more in touch with my character."

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Kate.

Winstead's role as the Huntress in Birds of Prey lent itself to the physical scenes in the film. As well as her experience as a ballerina.

Winstead says, "I was lucky I'd done a lot of basic training on other films. A lot of jiu-jitsu training, so I had a lot of the basic stuff in my history. I was ready to come and get to know Kate and how she fights, and jump straight into that, which is the fun stuff!"

The revenge film follows assassin Kate as she blows an assignment. This sparks a chain of events as she tries to track down her killer within 24 hours while her body disintegrates.

"I read the script, and I thought there was no way I could pass this up," Winstead says. "This is such a great opportunity to be Kate. I was pretty on board from the get-go."

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Kate.

Kate takes place through the night and was shot in many incredible locations throughout Asia, including Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo.

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"We did a lot of fast, guerilla-style shooting to get as much as we could. It was exciting and energetic," she recalls.

She added, "We shot before COVID, and it's crazy to think about a time before we are in now. It's a different world. We wrapped in December before COVID became a thing."

Winstead has a versatile repertoire that has seen her star as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Her critically acclaimed performance in Smashed (2012) set the pace for roles like 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and Fargo (2017).

"It's pretty clear when something comes to me whether it's meant for me," she says of picking roles. "When I was first starting out, it was just like give me a job. Over the years, it changes as you progress. Now I've done enough where I know who I am as an actor, and what I like.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Kate.

Usually, it's something that feels complex, is exciting, is going to require a lot of me. That's what gets me excited."

Winstead has cemented herself as an actress in Hollywood who is prepared to push the boundaries.

"I'd love to continue making action movies, and I'd love to keep trying to find characters that inspire me within that genre. I love a movie that has a character arc and is a real journey that we can go," she says. "Those are films that last for a long time."

Elizabeth has worked with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie and her now-partner Ewan McGregor. The actress admits she borrows skill from A-listers by observing their craft when the cameras are rolling.

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Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

"The most impactful thing for me has been watching people and how they work," she says. "The way they come to set and treat people and tackle their work."

She notes Will Smith's work ethic as a prime example after working together on Gemini Man.

"It was amazing to watch him, the way he is with the crew and the way he brings an attitude of positivity wherever he goes," she says. "I find it really inspiring. I take a bit from everyone I work with in terms of their behaviour."

You can stream Kate from September 10 on Netflix.

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