In the African-American coming-of-age dramedy The Brothers (opening March 23), Angel vamp Julie Benz represents the great white hope operative word: white of comedian Bill Bellamy. "His character decides to go out with a white woman because he thinks they'll be different than black women," she tells TV Guide Online, chuckling. "Boy, is he wrong! The karate instructor that I play is really cool and easy-going, but don't cross her. That's all I can say."
Although in the movie and on Angel, the femme fatale wields fists of fury, she's no Michelle Yeoh and probably never will be. "I signed up for karate once, but I only went to three classes," she admits. "I have a big ego, and you had to bow to people who were higher belts than you [in other words, more experienced martial artists].
"When this little kid from the class before mine came up to me and went, 'I have a higher belt than you you have to bow to me,'" she continues, "I was like, 'You know what? Shut up.' Then I had to stop going."
Nonetheless, the blonde bombshell is certain that she could explode ? should she ever find herself in a dire enough situation. "I've never hit anybody in my life," she muses, "but I think I have quite a big survival streak, so I could probably throw a punch if I was ever attacked.
"Still," she adds, "I hope it never happens."