It’s not often i post something personal on here, but a friend of mine is in serious condition after an accident and i wanted to put it out there so you can keep her in your thoughts as well. I’ve known Olivia Jackson for nearly two decades and you’d struggle to find a tougher girl and a more gentle soul. On September 5th she sustained severe injuries during a stunt on the set of the new Resident Evil movie being filmed in South Africa when she collided with a metal camera arm. She was placed in an induced coma and reports are now that her condition has stabilised. She was the stunt double for lead actress Milla Jovovich who posted this on Facebook earlier today.
I worked with Olivia way back in the day when she was still a model and then sat ringside at her first kickboxing fight. She later turned pro and ended up fighting in Thailand at one point being voted the number 1 female fighter in the world by the World Professional Muay Thai Federation. I used to joke that she couldn’t knock me out with one punch and she always said we should get in the ring and see. I always made an excuse. She was also a very skilled motorcross rider and later turned to being stuntwoman which she excelled at, doing stunts in movies like Safe House, The Hangover part 2, Avengers Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and most recently Mad Max Fury Road.
When a friend of mine in the production industry said they were looking for a stunt double for Milla Jovovich in the new Resident Evil movie and if i knew anyone, my first recommendation was Olivia. She would have probably got the role via the stunt department without me saying anything, but i still feel like i’m partly responsible.
So Olive…you are constantly in my thoughts and i’m sending you strength and light. Recover quickly and do what you do.