According to the Internet Movie Database, Ingrid Kleinig has been in over 60 movies and TV shows. You’d probably seen some of them — Mad Max: Fury Road, American Horror Story: Hotel, The Hobbit trilogy, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

But here’s the thing: you don’t actually get to see her, just her work — as a stunt performer. The Australian first dabbled in the world of stunts at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games where she was suspended 42m above the arena. 

She later honed her athletic prowess and daredevilry with the physical theatre company Legs on the Walls and Sydney Theatre Company, before crossing over to TV and movies. The LA-based Kleinig is also the first female assistant stunt coordinator in Australia. 

In September, Kleinig, 40, who has doubled for Brie Larson, Evangeline Lily and Margot Robbie, was in town to share her showbiz experiences to budding and professional filmmakers at the Storytelling+ Bootcamp, a two-day course hosted by IMDA and Disney. managed to steal a few minutes of her time and ask her about the art of stuntology and when will stunt performers finally get their own awards category at the Oscars.

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