"I thought I was never going to get a chance to work with him," says Fonda, who starred in the 1993 action flick Point of No Return, a remake of Besson's La Femme Nikita. "When I [met Besson] he said, 'I don't have any script, it's still being written and all I can tell you is that she's a junkie hooker. Are you interested?'
"Luc's characters... are all different, [but] what they have in common is an inner strength of some sort," continues the 37-year-old actress. "I just took a leap of faith figuring that [he] and [co-star] Jet Li would be making a movie that I would want to go see."
Unfortunately, there was one major obstacle Fonda had to overcome during filming: Adjusting to the "outrageous" high-heel pumps she purchased for her role as a down-on-her-luck B-girl. "My daily fear was that I was going to break my ankle," she confesses. "[I was] running as fast as I possibly could, trying to keep up with Jet Li who is really fast. I was telling him, 'Could you please just run in place so I can keep up?' Which he found amusing."As trite as it sounds," she adds, slightly embarrassed, "dealing with my shoe situation was actually harrowing."