We’ve always enjoyed actress Maria Bello‘s work, but she is generally not thought of as an action flick gal. But as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporer opens in London, the Guardian newspaper discovers that the 41-year old actress has had designs on this kind of role for some time;

“I’d been telling my agent for or years that I wanted an action movie, but no one saw me like that," she says when we meet in Los Angeles, her hair returned to blonde from the dyed black that she sports in the film. "Two weeks before my 40th birthday, I guess I’d given up. I mean, how many action roles are there for women over 40? Soon after that, I got a call to say they were considering me for the part.

At this year’s San Francisco film festival, Maria Bello was honoured for exemplifying brilliance, independence and integrity in her work. You couldn’t argue with that, or with the festival catalogue’s description of her as "the definition of fearless". Look at Bello’s performance as Viggo Mortensen’s complex, uninhibited wife in A History of Violence, in which she gets more than a little frisky over the thought that her husband might be a brutal assassin. Or her sassy waitress in The Cooler…

Mummy" director, Rob Cohen, didn’t even have Bello on his wish-list at first. "I said to her, ‘You’re so well respected. Why would you wanna do this giant popcorn movie?’ She told me that after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, all her friends wanted to be Karen Allen, but she wanted to be Harrison Ford. I knew that was the way I wanted to go.”

Now we can only imagine what Bello will be up to when she hits 51!

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  • Fabulously40 August 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Good For Her!
    Women Over Forty Rule.