UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey said in an interview with ESPN that she “want(s) to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”
Rousey, 27, will appear in three movies coming out within a year, The Expendables 3, Entourage and Fast and Furious 7. Though, her goal of conquering Hollywood might prove to be a tough task, if she continues to juggle UFC fighting and acting.
Rousey commented, “I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star. I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, ‘Screw it, I don’t give a shit, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.'”
Incidentally, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently Hollywood’s second highest-grossing actor, behind Robert Downey Jr., with $75 million and $52 million earned between June 2013 and June 2014 respectively.
Here is the trailer for The Expendables 3, which hits theaters August 15:
Gina Carano, another MMA fighter turned actress has been seemingly hesitant to return to the UFC cage, and can likely attest to how difficult it is to persue a career in Hollywood, while trying to stay in fighting shape. Carano, 32, hasn’t fought since 2009, and said in a recent interview, “I would definitely take something like that extremely seriously. I would dedicate myself to it, and need the time because you’re taking somebody who hasn’t fought in a while, that hasn’t been in the fight camp-type environment; and it would have to be done in a time where there would be enough time for me to get ready for that and be able to support myself during that time because that’s all I’d be doing is taking that seriously, and it would take me away from other projects or potential projects that I’ve been working this far in my life to get to.”
UFC president Dana White hopes that Carano will sign on to return to the ring, and possibly be matched up against Rousey. Rousey said she would go back up to middleweight (145 pounds) to fight Carano.
Rousey’s Expendables costars show support at UFC #175:
Commenting on her own work ethic, Rousey said, “I never aspired to be second. I was taught as a kid that you can do whatever you want in this world, so why not be the best in the world at it? Even when I was bartending, I wanted to be the world’s best, most efficient and charming bartender. That’s how I do things.”
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