Caitlin Dechelle may as well be a real-life superhero herself. She is well known for being the lead stunt woman for “Wonder Woman,” Dechelle is the stunt double woman for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and was selected specifically for her fighting proficiency.
“Fighting is my thing and what I’m hired for 99 percent of the time,” Dechelle said.
Dechelle spent eight months on location shooting, which gave her plenty of time to get to know Gadot, the woman she was doubling for. When their shooting scenes overlapped, Dechelle coached Gadot through footwork and her portion of the stunts. “She picked up quite well,” Dechelle said. “Obviously, anytime you do something you’ve never done, it’s tough, but [Gadot] had such a willingness to learn and was always upbeat.”
Dechelle has been training in martial arts since she was 6 years old. She owns black belts in three disciplines: Chinese Kenpo, Japanese Goju-Ryu and taekwondo.
“I was trained to be like the boys, if not better,” Dechelle said. “People say that men can do it better, but that’s not true. This film portrays that.”
After high school, Dechelle enrolled at the University of Central Florida with the goal of becoming an orthodontist.
“I loved school and was always a straight-A student,” Dechelle said. “But martial arts had been my life, so I wanted to somehow transfer that from the competing world into the [entertainment] industry — still doing what I love, just in a different fashion.”
Dechelle’s stylistic background was in disciplines that preferred straight punches and clean lines.
“I had to learn how to ‘dirty up’ my fighting,” she said.
Shooting a fight scene requires extreme attention to detail and choreography.” Everyone thinks we’re hitting each other, but we’re not,” she said. “We make sure we’re not hitting the actor in the face.”
Dechelle’s did stunt work for Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac” and worked as Ronda Rousey’s stunt double in the “Fast & Furious 7″ in 2015.
Dechelle practically lives in the gym and arrives on set before time to fit in 30 minutes of cardio. After rehearsal, she works outs with a trainer for about 90 minutes to two hours. Afterward, she might add a round of weights.
Dechelle also enjoys instructing. She taught martial art when she was 16 years old and still conducts private lessons and seminars. It’s not just about how good Dechelle personally is with fighting skills but it’s the impact her work has on the viewers.”Having such strong women attached [to] this [film], I just think it’s going to be fantastic.”
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