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Marvel Girl Amazon Warrior and CrossFit Athlete Brooke Ence Needs to Show that 'Sturdy Is Lovely'

This text initially appeared on Folks.com. 

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.”

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