You may know Tig Notaro for her wry ’n’ dry stand-up. Now prepare to meet Tig Notaro: action star and certified badass. The host of the hilarious Funny or Die web series Under a Rock landed a role in Zack Snyder’s latest: Army of the Dead (Netflix), a zombie action extravaganza that dares ask, what if zombies were intelligent and knew how to organize? And ever since she’s been tagged as superhot and superbad.
Of course, Tig isn’t the first boss lady to take our breath away. Consider the following original list of (criminally unsung) fierce femmes that, yes, omits Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley because she’s so obviously the best that it doesn’t really bear repeating, okay?
Shauna Macdonald as Sarah Carter in The Descent (2005): One of the most underrated horror movies of all time. Cave-diving, claustrophobia, betrayal, blind flesh-eating monsters—this one’s got it all, including a tour-de-force performance by Scottish actor Shauna Macdonald. In the words of John Milton, “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.”