Pixar has never been afraid to get big name stars to do their films, even in roles that are generally small for the film itself. In their newest picture, The Good Dinosaur, they got Anna Paquin (who played Rogue in the X-Men franchise) to voice one of their T-Rex characters named Ramsey. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Paquin noted how she loves paying tough female characters.
She stated: “It’s kind of what I always want to be and usually girls don’t get to be the badass lady. I mean, Sookie’s [True Blood] pretty badass, but she’s still girly, but she can take a s*** kicking. You know what I mean? She wears her high heels like they’re combat boots. I think that tough and strong is also incredibly feminine and I think that there’s a, sort of, misconception or feeling that that means you’re not feminine. I’m like, ‘Yeah, okay? Well, says you.'”
She also mentioned former UFC women’s champion and MMA trailblazer, Ronda Rousey, saying: “I don’t know if you follow MMA at all, but there’s a woman named Ronda Rousey … and she talks a lot about how people say, ‘Oh, if you’re strong that’s masculine,’ and she has some, kind of, amazing stuff to say about that actually. ‘No, it’s incredibly feminine to also be very strong and tough and be able to take care of myself.’ And Ramsey’s that kind of girl. She’s not scared of anybody and why should she be? You know? I like getting to do things on film – or at least voice on film – that I know little girls are gunna watch that will maybe make them think that girl don’t have to be the princess and I like that.”
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is in theaters now.