The transcript below is from the video “Through the Years – Gina Carano” by Through the Years.

Through the Years:

“My first fight. I fought a girl that was a little bit heavier, a little bit more experienced and I was petrified because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. And I did really well against her and nobody believed it was my first fight. So I was like — Damn! Okay! Here we go! I’m good at something! It just happens to be fighting. Go figure.”

~ Gina Carano

Through the Years:

Gina Carano was born in Dallas, Texas, on April 16, 1982. She is the daughter of Dana Joy and professional football player Glenn Carano who played for the Dallas Cowboys and was the backup quarterback to Roger Staubach. She has two sisters, one older and one younger.

Carano started her career in the sport of Muay Thai. Her then-boyfriend Kevin Ross, a pro Muay Thai fighter, got her involved. After achieving a Muay Thai record of 12–1–1, Carano received an offer from Jamie Levine to participate in the first-ever sanctioned female MMA bout in Nevada with World Extreme Fighting to fight Leiticia Pestovа (a bout she won in 38 seconds).

Through the Years:

Carano began training in Muay Thai before transitioning to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. She was featured in ESPN The Magazine as well as Maxim. Her popularity led to her being called the “face of women’s MMA” (although Carano herself rejected the title) and was ranked 5th on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008. In August 2009, Carano fought Cris Cyborg in Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, the first time two women headlined a major MMA event; Cyborg won. Carano compiled a competitive record of 12–1–1 in muay Thai and a 7–1 in women’s MMA.

Through the Years:

Outside the ring, Carano served as a mentor to aspiring fighters in the 2007 Oxygen reality series Fight Girls and performed as ‘Crush’ in the revamped television series American Gladiators before her breakout performance in Steven Soderbergh’s film HAYWIRE, holding her own against the likes of Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton and Antonio Banderas. Gina’s authenticity to making the Action look real earned her performance a Critics Choice Award Nomination for Best Actress in an action film.

Through the Years:

Carano has pursued a career in acting since she retired from competition. She made her film debut in the 2009 direct-to-DVD martial arts film Blood and Bone with Michael Jai White. She has subsequently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action film Haywire, Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Deadpool (2016) and is now starring as Cara Dune in the TV series The Mandalorian.

Hot on the heels came a role in the worldwide hit FAST AND FURIOUS 6 for Universal Pictures opposite Dwayne Johnson furthering her appeal as an Action Star.

Through the Years:

Carano co-starred in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) as a member of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent Luke Hobbs’ (Dwayne Johnson) team. Critics were united in their praise of Carano’s performance. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Gina Carano is BIG fun to watch. [She] is still a bit stilted with her line readings, but her two fight scenes with Michelle Rodriguez are just epic.” Matt Goldberg of Collider.com wrote that the scene would “create a lot of new Gina Carano fans.”

Next up, she co-starred alongside Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista in Lionsgate’s film HEIST followed by the role of ‘Angel Dust’ in the smash hit MARVEL/FOX film DEADPOOL opposite Ryan Reynolds based on the popular comic book. The film grossed over $870 Million dollars at the Box Office.

Through the Years:

In December 2018, she was announced as part of the cast of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars series. She portrayed the character Cara Dune with a first appearance in the fourth episode of the first season titled “Chapter 4: Sanctuary.” Carano initially believed she would be playing the role of a female Wookiee, and was surprised to “find that [she] was one of the few people that you were actually going to see her face.”

Through the Years:

The Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau created Cara Dune with Carano specifically in mind and did not audition any other actresses for the part. A highly trained and battle-hardened special forces warrior, Cara is skilled in the use of weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, and battle tactics, and has an intense hatred for the Galactic Empire for its destruction of her home world, Alderaan. Carano described the character as a loner who is having trouble readjusting to society following her career as a soldier.

Muay Thai Record is 12-1-1 Wins/Lost/Draw. MMA Record is 7-1-0.




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