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On The Rise: The 100’s Marie Avgeropoulos Isn’t Your Normal Hollywood Starlet

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There aren’t many Hollywood actresses that share the story of Marie Avgeropoulos. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, the 28-year-old Avgeropoulos took up the great outdoors, and dreamed of being the next great action film star. In other words, she wasn’t your typical teenage girl.

She went on to study broadcast journalism for two years before making a conscious decision to begin soul-searching. Avgeropoulos set forth to Europe with nothing but a backpack. She returned home two months later to continue to pursue her acting dreams.

Avgeropoulos got her start when a casting call went out looking for drummers, something which she had done since the age of 16. It wasn’t until director, Chris Columbus caught a glimpse of her that she obtained her first Hollywood film, I Love You, Beth Cooper.

Soon after, she took roles in the Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt film, 50-50, and obtained many guest star appearances on many television series. Currently, Avgeropoulos can be seen on the CW series, The 100, her most notable role to date.

She was recently linked to Twilight star, Taylor Lautner, as the two met on the set of the 2015 film, Tracers, which brought Avgeropoulos into a whole new world of acting, as she had to learn the art of parkour, something which she knew nothing about.

“I was not familiar with parkour at all,” Avgeropoulos told The Wrap. “They trained us. We had months of training in an actual parkour gym — that exists! I had no idea there were actual establishments that teach you how to be a parkour badass.”

For a normal actress, the task of learning parkour is best left to the stunt women, but Marie Avgeropoulos isn’t your typical Hollywood starlet. There aren’t many leading ladies  that prefer hunting, fishing, camping, over the lure of big city life. And while she might not be the world’s biggest name in action, she has all the passion and drive to get there sooner than later.

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