Sophia Di Martino has punched her way to the top, notably joining the Loki cast in 2019 as Sylvie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and earning two MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Born in 1983, in Nottingham, England, Di Martino is also a host of the SPYSCAPE True Spies podcast and has nabbed leading roles in television shows like Flowers (2016–2018), Casualty (2009–2011), and Eva in the 2016 feature film The Darkest Universe. Where does she find the time?
We went behind the scenes to uncover five fun secrets about Di Martino’s success, her badass fighting style, and her enduring appeal.
1. Di Martino’s punchy heroine
Sylvie's punch-first-ask-questions-later fighting style was inspired by Charlize Theron’s MI6 field agent Lorraine Broughton: "One of the movies we watched for stunt references was Atomic Blonde - the fight scenes in that are great. Charlize Theron is super strong and fights like a man. We wanted Sylvie to be a brawler; we didn’t want her to be too elegant in the way she fights because that’s Loki’s thing. He’s so balletic in the way that he moves, but Sylvie is more of a street fighter,” Di Martino told CNET.
2. Sophia Di Martino: Fighting fit
Sophie is in killer shape and put in a sizable amount of work prior to filming Loki. “We started prepping really early, I think it was January 2020,” she said, according to Cheatsheet. “First thing we did was get into the stunt gym and … start boxing training, sword drills, just like, working out, trying to get fit.” Di Martino had just had a baby, so she put a lot into it. “The stunt training and the fight training really helped me with her physicality, and we were all really keen on her being a really strong, sort of street fighter, almost,” Di Martino told Empire. “And I like the idea that she really enjoys fighting… Because she knows that she's probably going to win. Right? And that's where her cockiness comes through, maybe. And so that was part of it as well. And then as soon as you put the costume on, you're there.”