For stuntwoman, actor–Angela Meryl, the answer to the question as to where you go and what do you do after appearing live on the Oprah Winfrey Show, was quite obvious: “You do your best to put out a book that inspires others do what you do and better.”
In November 2012, months after spending the spring season in Turkey, where she worked on the blockbuster smash, Skyfall, author became a new and official title for Meryl, with the release of STUNTS: THE HOW TO HANDBOOK…Secrets From An Award Winning Hollywood Stuntwoman.
Well received by Hollywood trade publications and other lifestyle media outlets in television, radio, print and online, Meryl’s book chronicles her experiences over the past decade-PLUS in Part I, which follows a step by step accounting of the Oprah Winfrey Show experience as the book’s introduction. Part II continues with 10 chapters of tried and proven techniques for aspiring stuntwomen and stuntmen Meryl is qualified to offer based on a “yes“ response to the two essential questions anyone offering advice should affirm: 1. Have you tried it? 2. Did it work for you?
Beyonce, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Vanessa L. Williams is the short list of Hollywood’s A-list of African American women frequently doubled by the former model and make-up artist from Willingboro, New Jersey. Her long standing career in the business of stunts took notoriety when she came crashing through a glass table in the opening scene of Kill Bill, while doubling for Vivica A. Fox—a performance that garnered industry wide recognition, applause and nominations.
“All of my early, tomboy life, I wanted to act,” says the career mother of an elementary aged daughter, who while residing on the east coast, got her big break alongside comedian, Sinbad in the movie, First Kid. “It was my first paid stunt, after growing up notoriously daring, alongside my siblings,” Meryl explains.
Since then, everyday life for the workout enthusiast and martial artist has been about crashing cars, vans and trucks, jumping off rooftops and repelling from helicopters, swimming in the murky water of bays and kicking butt behind the faces of Hollywood’s finest to appear on the big screen and silver screens.
Up next: Meryl, appearing as a leading lady, alongside leading men Jamie, Denzel, Dinero, Pitt or Smith—take your pick.