She's smashed through glass, tumbled down stairs, dangled from helicopters and walked through fire. Daredevil stuntwoman Angela Meryl has even jumped off the Harpo Studios roof! Her latest feat may have made Oprah—and the emergency medical team on standby—a little nervous, but she says this is just another day at the office for her.
As a girl, Angela says she was a tomboy who loved playing in the yard and getting into trouble alongside her brother. This adventurous spirit led to a successful career in Hollywood, where she's been a stunt double for actresses like Halle Berry, Beyoncé and Vivica A. Fox, one of the stars of the Kill Bill movies.
At first, Angela says her mother didn't take her kick-butt career aspirations seriously. "She told me to get a real job, actually," she says. Thankfully, Angela didn't listen.
Angela says she lives by the belief that if you follow your passion, you'll never work a day in your life.