DE: I got an award called the Helen Gibson.

She drove in all the female driving sequences Fast films 1,2,3,6,7, and 8. Photo provided by Debbie Evans.DE: Well, it depends on what we're doing. It was on a cult movie called “Death Sport,” a futuristic motorcross thriller that filmed in rural California in the late ’70s. This job would be the beginning of a stunt career that would span decades.

Debbie came along just in time for all of that to change. What advice would you give to riders? “I was really shy, so I can't even picture how I did that at that time!” she says. Earn Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Contact Info View agent, publicist, legal on IMDbPro Filmography. Debbie Evans remembers her first job as a stunt driver. And while they're doing that, we are doing slow-speed rehearsals, usually a half-speed rehearsal. Then my last trick that I learned was to do the headstand when I was 14. Whether you know it or not, you have probably seen Debbie Evans do some badass stuff. She had just two seconds to brake as hard as she could and try to clear herself and her bike from the oncoming truck. Debbie's first movie stunt was jumping a 30-foot ravine on a Yamaha DT400 in Deathsport. Not one to shy away from the challenge of a male-dominated field, she accepted the offer to do a motorcycle jump over a 30-foot ravine for the movie Deathsport. “We rehearsed it four times and I told the [truck] driver to do exactly what he was going to do in the rehearsals. It's a lot easier now but it's still hard once you get in because there's so much competition.

BT: Okay. BT: Do you think you’ll keep doing this for as long as your body allows? So if I'm counting one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four. Debbie doubles for Jamie Lee Curtiss in an advertisement. The guy that was on the back and I didn't break anything. DE: Yeah, we had four lanes of cars coming head-on, and me going against traffic, and then four of those cars were making lane changes. Women In Stunts is dedicated to women in action, the stunt performers who make action films and TV so exciting. And they'll be setting cameras and doing all that, with getting the lighting right, and the grips, and all that stuff going on. Debbie Evans-Leavitt was a stunt driver in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

She entered her first major race by age nine and by 15 she became the first woman ever to become a pro trials racer.

DE: Herbie Fully Loaded.

We do a lot stunts like that where we hit the side of cars and we usually score the handlebars so that they break at least. BT: That's just amazing that you walked away from that mostly unhurt. “Mission Impossible,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Independence Day,” “Terminator 2″… She doubled on the motorbike for Alicia Silverstone in “Batman & Robin,” in the car for Angelina Jolie in “Mr. The group of people that I was inducted with for the AMA was amazing. And then left to work the next morning. We worked for three months on that. Debbie and her dad wearing their makeshift full-face helmets riding a desert enduro. A lot of hard work, and very dangerous work, as well.

Can Trump run again in 2024 if he loses the 2020 presidential election? Photo provided by Debbie Evans. BT: What's your favorite vehicle personality that you’ve done? Debbie has three children, currently ages 36, 23, and 20. BT: I would have definitely thrown up. If you're ever in the spot where you do see a car that's turned in front of you and you know there's no way you're going to stop, before you hit that car jump as high and far as you can straight into the air. There's a point where the agent morphs into the truck driver, and they're going up on the right-hand side of the truck, and it morphs into the truck driver and the truck driver swerves to try and smash them between the wall, and we had practiced it about... well, I actually rode behind the truck and I said, "Do exactly what you're gonna do. See what our customers are saying about us: Earn $5 for every qualified $100 you spend. Photo provided by Debbie Evans.“About six months before I got the call from Gene Hartline for Deathsport, I had seen a TV show and there was supposed to be a girl on a motorcycle and you could tell it was a guy,” says Debbie.

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I actually thought I'd make a mistake, and when I looked at it later on, I went, "No!" Evans joined in 2001 and — despite a brief break in the middle — has worked on almost every film, doubling for Michelle Rodriguez and working with the precision driving team to create the franchise’s breathtaking action sequences.

July 31, 2017 | 12:18pm | Updated July 31, 2017 | 4:40pm. Photo provided by Debbie Evans.She credits all of her riding skills and success in the film industry to the experience she gained riding dirt bikes since age six. It was on a cult movie called “Death Sport,” a futuristic motorcross thriller that filmed in rural California in the late ’70s.

The men have always been able to crash a car by accident and just get another one, but if a woman made a mistake her reputation was ruined,” she says. BT: What’s a day in the life of shooting a stunt scene for say, Fast & Furious? On the dirt, in a very short time you get all of the coordination of the throttle and the clutch and the brake and shifting gears and what all that stuff does and then the different terrain and understanding when the rear wheel slides, what your body does counter-weighting and all of those things.

Debbie Evans is one of Hollywood’s top stunt women. You work the brake against the dirt and then you balance and you get really good at balancing and then as a kid we'd take an inner tube and cut it, I would put it around my front brake and then I'd stand on the seat and then I could turn all the way around on the motorcycle. Return any unused item within 30 days for a full refund. They didn’t even try to hide her face.

I got off the motorcycle and my whole body was shaking. This project is called "Work It", and it is a series of videos produced by Conde Nast and then featured online on... Women In Stunts is dedicated to women in action, the stunt performers, stunt coordinators, fight choreographers and all other women who make action films and TV so exciting. And then also doubling Carrie Anne Moss in The Matrix Reloaded. “It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort and a lot of people to make an action sequence,” Evans says. To just being... well... afterward, I got off the bike and I just felt physically ill. 100,411, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Thanks for contacting us. Because you know, I'm really proud of the work. Debbie performs her headstand in front of 42,000 people at the Camel Pro Series race. Debbie performed stunts in many other films in the Fast and Furious franchise. “When I got started in the business women were just getting the opportunity to do stunts because of affirmative action,” Evans says. In the driver’s seat with top female stunt driver Debbie Evans.

If somebody pulls out in front of you from a parking lot or something, if you know you can't stop, try to get as light on that thing and get up as high as you can right before impact. It didn't hit the bike, but that trailer went right over the front wheel. If the character that you're driving for is frantic, or drunk, or if they're rushing to get somewhere, or they're just kind of... going slow for any reason, you need to know all those things. So that night at the hotel I took the trash can and got some ice out of the freezer and put it in there, filled it up with water, and stuck my foot in about five times that night, for as long as I could stand it.

Your Ad Choices What happens is if you hit with the front wheel and then the bars hit your legs and break your femurs then it's just a bad deal. An action shot from The Matrix Reloaded with Debbie and another stunt double on the back. BT: What sorts of things have you learned to do prevent a foreseeable crash from going out of control? Then you can branch out into the other areas. Despite an 18-year break from stunt acting to raise her kids, she managed to stay in the game. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights And I said, "Red!"

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