Being a stuntwoman is considerably more dangerous than being a stuntman, respected Hollywood stuntwoman Tammie Baird told the Guardian. As if falling off buildings and being thrown through windshields wasn't hard enough to begin with, consider the fact that stuntwomen are often wearing skimpy clothing that doesn't allow for the safety padding worn by their male counterparts. For example, it's pretty hard to pull off bulky kneepads in a mini skirt, as Baird learned when she took her first stunt role as a double in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Baird was mentored by New Zealand's Dayna Grant, who was Charlize Theron's stunt double in both Fury Road and Snow White and the Huntsmen. Grant says the extra pain stuntwomen endure doesn't get in the way of her job. "It’s just what needs to be done for film. It’s not life-threatening; it just hurts a lot more."
Now I'm going underneath the truck on mad max 😉 pic.twitter.com/GNDz4gQl4x— Dayna Grant (@Daynastunts) April 10, 2016
Grant had a pretty nasty accident herself, caused by a pair of "feminine" shoes without traction. "They were very slippery, feminine shoes. I slipped on a hill and I got impaled by a dagger, through my head. I ended up going into cardiac arrest and I was a bit of a mess." Nowadays in her role of stunt coordinator, Grant always makes sure her crew have shoes they can comfortably work in, or else they're given special footwear.