Monique Ganderton on the stunts of Conan

We haven’t heard much from the film recently, but one thing that we have heard about is the stunt work. Well, actress and stuntwoman Monique Ganderton recently gave an interview at, where she reveals a few bits and pieces from the film.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Monique Ganderton has been the stunt double for many high profile films: Watchmen, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Underworld: Evolution.  She also has acting credits to her name, such as King of Fighters, Smallville, and the upcoming Sucker Punch. In addition, she’s achieved high levels of track and field, equestrian and is also a certified snowboard instructor. She was involved in diving, gymnastics, softball, figure skating and dabbled in martial arts.

For more about Monique, visit her website. To read excerpts from the interview, click for the jump.

How do you describe the action level we’re going to see in the Conan movie?

Its old school hard hitting stunt action. Real stunts, not a lot of CG. We did most things practical. The actors stepped it up HUGE and learned some crazy skills. Both Jason [Momoa] and Rachel [Nichols] were ripping it up on “Conan”!

What was it like to work with Rachel Nichols and the rest of the cast, other stunts included?

Rachel is awesome. She was super fun to have on set and game for fighting and riding horses. You will definitely be very surprised when you see her face doing some of the things she was doing. She rocked it out there. Jason was amazing too. He picked up sword work like a pro and he did all his fights. He picks up choreo really fast and put his character completely into it. He was a lot of fun to watch.

Did you mainly worked in the studios in Sofia or even in exterior? How long did you work on the film?

The film shoot for me was about three months. Most of that was outside. It was every kind of bad weather and muddy situation but it made the shots look great!

I suppose you used different weapons, can you describe which? Which one did you fit best?

I am not a trained Martial Artist but I love to fight. Over the years I have learned various techniques and weapons  depending on the show. This show used a lot of big swords so we trained that mostly. I bug JV to teach me all the time! This is the third movie we worked on together. He is the best!

Did you attend a special training for the use of these weapons?

The best training is from the people around. In Bulgaria a lot of the stunt people are Samba champions, the US guys vary from Tae Kwon Do, to Akido, and Wushu. So there is an opportunity to learn something from everyone and that is the best way to learn, plus it gives something to do during downtime on set!