Tara Macken in Santa Clara Magazine
As an alumni of Santa Clara University, Tara Macken is featured for her incredible work as a Hollywood stunt women, including working on The Hunger Games!
For stuntwoman Tara Macken ’08 there is no role too gruesome that hasn’t piqued her interest. “This one time I was a cannonball or something and I was covered in blood … Most people hate stage blood. It’s just messy and gets in your hair.” But that doesn’t faze Macken. “It’s just a lot of fun,” she says.
She’s also philosophical about her on-screen exploits: “I’ve died so many times, therefore I’ve lived so many different lives.”
Upon graduating with a double major in dance and political science, Macken had one year left on her visa and a car. She decided to give L.A. a chance. With her background in gymnastics and theatre, stunt work was a perfect fit.
Now, a few years later, Macken is getting noticed. Her role as one of the 24 competitors in a deadly, televised death match in the hugely popular The Hunger Games this spring meant red carpets, media attention, and fan mail from places as far away as Finland. Next year she appears in GI Joe: Retaliation as the stunt double for Jinx, a ninja. She also landed a coveted role in theStar Trek sequel, currently filming and also due out in 2013.
Read the whole article and more about her training HERE!