Uma made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in independent films and action flicks like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. In My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Uma tests out her comedic chops as Jenny Johnson, a superhero who uses her powers to get back at an ex-boyfriend, played by Luke Wilson.
"I just love doing comedy," she says. "My first love is drama, but comedy is becoming this passion. … When you're at work and you're, like, 'Oh, I know what I'll do next. I'll bash my head into the refrigerator—that will make it work.' I never had that as a career option before."
After surviving a public breakup, Uma says she needed to laugh again. At the screening of My Super Ex-Girlfriend, she even surprised herself. "I am the most self-critical person," she says. "I usually get extremely uptight, and it's really, really unpleasant for me to watch [my] movie the first time…if I ever watch it. And I was really laughing!"
Uma's strength—on and off screen—has inspired many fans. Her character's kick-butt attitude in Kill Bill gave one fan, Maxine, the incredible strength and determination she needed to win her battle against cancer.
While undergoing chemotherapy, Maxine says she knew she needed to come up with something other than traditional meditation to get through treatments. "I thought, 'Wow, I can't think about butterflies and beaches. I've got to fight,'" she says. "I thought, 'Who's my hero? Uma in Kill Bill because she survived beyond all means."
Instead of picturing her cancer cells being "gobbled up" like doctors suggested, Maxine says she imagined Uma kicking cancer's butt. She even named her tumor "Bill."
"Every night I would say, 'Uma, I don't have the strength, but you do. So take your Honshu sword and just keep an eye on 'Bill.'"
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