Marvel Girl Amazon Warrior And CrossFit Athlete Brooke Ence Needs To Show That 'Sturdy Is Lovely'

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Brooke Ence was getting ready for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Video games when she received a name asking if she wished to painting an Amazon warrior within the upcoming Justice League movie.

“[Director] Zack Snyder had come throughout an image of me on-line and requested Warner Bros. to succeed in out,” Ence, 27, tells PEOPLE. “It took me a short time to just accept [the role] as a result of I wasn’t positive it was going to be price disrupting my profession. I used to be coaching for the World Finals of the CrossFit Video games, however I ended up accepting it. It was a pure factor for me to do Marvel Girl as properly after doing Justice League.”

Ence is greatest generally known as a aggressive CrossFit athlete, however she really has a background in musical theater and grew up singing and dancing.

“I at all times thought I’d be on Broadway,” she stated, however felt she ended up taking a distinct path due to her physique. “My entire life I’ve been a really muscular woman. I knew the entire dance firms I might by no means dance for due to the best way that I appeared.”

Which is why she knew she wished to be part of Marvel Girl, portraying the Amazon warrior Penthiselea.

“It couldn’t have been extra excellent to be part of a movie the place being a robust, sturdy lady is just not frowned upon,” she says. “It’s tremendous empowering to all ages and sexes. It couldn’t have been a greater function for me.”

As a result of she was already in CrossFit form, Ence didn’t should power practice for the movie, however she did should do some stunt coaching.

“We did stunt follow a few days every week,” she says. “I needed to know how you can use the sword. The swords weren’t gentle! Fortunately for me, I grew up dancing so it was like second nature as a result of it’s like choreography. I additionally grew up driving horses, and we had been coaching on horseback day-after-day. Driving horses was by far my favourite [part of training].”

Ence says attending to work alongside Gal Gadot and the opposite sturdy ladies within the movie was “a implausible expertise.”

“The perfect factor is figuring out that I used to be a part of one thing that can imply so much and can ship a really constructive message for girls and boys and women and men for years to return,” says Ence. “I received to play a job which means a lot to me as a girl, and as a robust lady. It [shows that] sturdy is gorgeous, sturdy is highly effective, however it’s not simply sturdy within the bodily sense — it’s sturdy in your angle, it’s sturdy in your psychological sport, in your compassion. That’s what I feel is portrayed very well by Gal on this film.”