‘Batwoman’ – How Javicia Leslie learned to roll with the blows

No comfort zone for Javicia Leslie as ‘Batwoman’

Javicia Leslie of ‘Batwoman’ Sunday on The CW

Q: How did you like doing all the fight scenes for “Batwoman”?

A: That’s honestly my favorite part, to be able to do the fight scenes and the stunts and you get to fly in and out of the scenes and really just get to challenge myself, my mind, my body in front of the world to do things I’ve never done before. Even though I’m trained, it’s not the same thing when you’re actually doing it for screen. It’s completely different, really, and so to be able to be brave enough to enter a world that I hadn’t really played in yet and I’m supported by such an amazing stunt team, it’s allowed me to feel confident when I go into my scene and really bring my own energy and my own swag into Batwoman while kicking ass (laughs). So it’s really fun. I love it.

Q: Was there a particular scene that took you out of your comfort zone and you had to take a deep breath?

A: Every single time I do a scene, I’m taken out of my comfort zone because the stunt team, we’re always doing something new. I do the bo staff (a weapon used in martial arts). I’ve been learning the bo staff for a little less than a year now but that’s different when you’re doing it on screen.

When you’re doing it on screen, I can’t actually hit him so to learn how to do these fight moves in front of the camera and they’re dynamic and (how to) fall, that’s an art in itself. So every single time I come into a new fight scene, I’m challenged because they figure out a new way to make me have to do something that’s out of my comfort zone and I love it.

Q: After all that, do you need a hot bath at the end of the day?

A: I should be doing that but I don’t have time to. By the time I get home, it’s enough time to like eat something, take my dog out and then go to sleep.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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