After making numerous eyes water on the mixed martial arts circuit, Ms Carano was handed her movie debut not in some dodgy straight-to-DVD landfill, but as the topline star of a Steven Soderbergh picture.
In Haywire, she plays a black ops agent who is forced to go rogue after being set up by her devious [male] employers. Despite being plunged into a sea of testosterone created by the likes of Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, Carano shows no sign of being fazed - physically or dramatically.
Indeed, in what could be described as the ultimate one night stand, she teaches Michael Fassbender the true meaning of Shame.
Fighting talk: "I don't wear the dress. Make Paul wear the dress."