The Shadow League recently spoke at length with Niahlah Hope ’16 about her trajectory from child gymnast to college athlete to Hollywood stuntwoman, most notably for her work as Black Panther star Lupita N’yongo’s stunt double.
“My gymnastics background gives me a lot of confidence," she said. "There's a lot of choreography in gymnastics and it's about knowing your body and where you are in time and space. Because all of that has been ingrained in me from when I was younger, I know how to ride a wire. I can fall off buildings. I can do anything they need me to do. And I've hit the ground so much from being a gymnast that its second nature."
She spoke about having to sport many many different hairstyles for her roles, which have included stunt work for “Orange is the New Black,” “Night School,” and “What Men Want,” so shaving her head for Black Panther was no big deal.
“I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a lot more women who are shaving their heads recently,” she said. “I think we started something.”