Debbie Evans has starred in all of your favourite blockbuster action movies. Yet, you've never seen her face.

Debbie Evans has starred in all the blockbuster action movies – over 200 films and TV shows to be exact, ranging from The Matrix to The Fast and The Furious franchise.

But you’ve likely never seen her face.

The 59 year old is a stunt woman, responsible for bringing to life the fast-paced scenes that take your breath away.

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And while her moves may look impossible, she's been working on them for a while.

"I started riding motorcycles when I was six years old. My family used to go camping and riding every weekend and I got my first motorcyle when I was nine years old," she tells Mamamia.

She then started riding in competitions and was hooked after taking home the third place trophy - entirely against boys.

"I was the first female to obtain expert classification in trials and always competed against guys as there were no other women at my level so I got a lot of press," she explains.

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She started performing in exhibitions where she became known for a trick in which she would balance her motorcycle with the kickstand up whilst doing a headstand on the seat.

When a stunt coordinator in Hollywood needed a girl who could jump over a 30 metre ravine, he gave Evans a call and so started her stunt career.

Thankfully things have changed since she started.

"There are now more and more women. When I started I got ridiculed for doing that kind of thing but now it's more accepted that women can do things and have more opportunities than I used to which I am really really happy about," she says.

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One of the biggest projects Evans has been involved with is nearly all the Fast and Furious films (bar four and five) including the latest, Fate of The Furious.

"It's a lot different from the first few. The first one was all practical, everything just analogue so real stunts," she says.

"Now it's gotten more technical with lots of practical and visual effects involved although we try to do as much of the stunts as possible physically.

"A lot of what people might think is CGI is actually us doing the driving."


Filming took the cast all over the world, including Iceland, Cuba and NYC.

"We did some really amazing action, cutting edge, really spectacular driving and stunts".

Evans works as a stunt double for Michelle Rodriguez as well as driving other cars like the rally fighter, corvette stingray, police cars and taxi cabs.

"Sometimes I'm even involved in filming the stunt by driving the camera vehicle. We all work as a team and are often working from sun up to sun down. It's a fast paced set."

As you'd expect, such fast work is not without its risks.

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Evans said her scariest experience happened on the set of The Matrix Reloaded.

In the scene, there's semi truck driver going down the road. Agent Smith takes over the truck and Trinity goes up the side on a motorcycle between the wall and truck and just then, the truck driver goes to the right towards the wall and puts on the brakes to just miss her.

"I had ridden behind the truck in rehearsal four times and said 'Do exactly what you're going to do on the real take so I can count how many beats I have to get out'," she explains.


In each rehearsal, she counted four beats.

"When he called "Action', I got up there and he overamped and cut the time in half. I was on the brakes as hard as I could, going as right and far as I could," she says.

"The truck smacked the wall only a foot over where my head was. My legs were shaking and I felt sick. It's probably the closest I've ever come to not being here.


"They gave me some time to decompress in the trailer, I've never had that before."

Evans also has her limits as to what she'll do.

"I don't like high falls over 40 feet because the higher you are, the smaller the catcher looks! I leave it to the high fall stunt people," she says.

"But I like doing all different kind of stunts, I've been doing it 40 years. I've been injured so can't really do it all so I do mostly driving and motorcycles."

While Evans makes driving fast look effortless, she says the biggest misconception about her job is that it's easy.

"When it comes to car driving, everyone thinks they can drive a car so they think they can do what we do but it takes so much knowledge, effort and experience to do the driving that we do on the level that we do," she says.

"A car is a lethal weapon and if it gets out of control a lot of people get put in harms way!"

Fate of the Furious, available this week digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD