Next Gen 2015: UFC's Ronda Rousey on Her Acting Career Influenced by Role Model Patrick Swayze
With several acting cameos under her belt (and a "bad" 'Southpaw' audition), the mixed martial arts champion and star of the upcoming 'Road House' remake aspires to have a year as the highest-grossing actor.
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
My industry role model: Patrick Swayze, in that he didn't just have looks and talent but the undefinable something that made him a once-in-a-lifetime force of a human being onscreen. He was captivating and commanded all of your attention even if he was just standing motionless and silent.
My worst habit on set: Blinking too much.
TV show I’m addicted to: Ancient Aliens
Actor or director I’m dying to work with: Quentin Tarantino
My worst audition: Southpaw. I was at fight camp, had no time to prepare, forgot all the my lines and had to read off the paper the whole time. I was pretty embarrassed, but it was a good learning experience nonetheless.
My hidden talent: Pokemon master. I can't explain to you why Pokemon is so amazing. You either love it or you don’t.
Role I would've loved to play: Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be a: Fighter
My Hollywood pet peeve: Can’t spell flake without L.A.
Career goal: Have a year as the highest-grossing actor — gotta prove how much money I can make to other people and not just myself.