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Ivana Milicevic: They Don't Like The Show - Just A Little Bit

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Ivana Milicevic, star of the Cinemax action series, "Banshee" is quite the fighter.  And we mean that in the physical sense, because most of the fight scenes you see featuring her character, Carrie Hopewell, are actually performed by Ivana herself.

"I do 95 percent of it of it. If there's anything that's very dangerous, where something so bad could happen… they don't care if I'm tired or bruised, but if something could really happen to me where production would get shut down, they can't afford that, and that's fine with me," Ivana tells tvequals.com. "The way that we shoot our fight scenes is really, really brutal. It's four cameras. We're doing the fight over and over and over and over again. It's not in pieces. It's not like, ‘Okay, we've gotten that section, moving on.'"

But, Ivana adds, "A lot of the martial arts I'm not interested in. Like, I'm not interested in wrestling. I'm not really interested in UFC because you've got to be too close to very sweaty people, and I'm not into that. That's not my thing, but I love stick fighting like they do in the Philippines. There are these other martial arts and artists popular by name that makes me really excited to go to the dojo every day to train. Then I do regular weightlifting, but that's more for like shape and strength, but it's a lot of it."

Ivana Milicevic joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Ivana Milicevic: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to a Croatian family, the daughter of Tonka, a homemaker, and Damir Miličević, a slaughterhouse worker and entrepreneur. She immigrated to the United States at the age of five and was raised in Michigan. She has two younger brothers, Tomo (guitarist for rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars) and Fillip.

2) Miličević began acting after graduation, her first part being in the hit thriller Enemy of the State, then guest appearances in several television series like Charmed, Seinfeld, Felicity, Nash Bridges, The Nanny, Buzzkill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yes, Dear, Chuck, House M.D., Friends, and Hawaii Five-0. Her acting career included a regular role on the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man.

3) In 2006, she starred in the CBS series Love Monkey. She played the role of Valenka in the James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2007, she played Lena on Ugly Betty. In 2008, she starred in Witless Protection as well as a guest appearance in the House M.D. season 4 episode "House's Head" and in the Pushing Daisies season 2 episode "The Norwegians".

‘Banshee' airs Sunday nights at 10:00pm on Cinemax.

Twitter: @ivanamilicevic

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