'I could still do those fight scenes': Brigitte Nielsen, 59, looks INCREDIBLE 37 years after 'Red Sonja'
Brigitte Nielsen has offered a glimpse into the secret of her age-defying beauty and fitness as she reflected on her iconic role as the lead in 1985's 'Red Sonja' in the wake of its long-delayed reboot.
The stunning actress has maintained her flawless complexion and youth nearly four decades after she quit her fledgling modeling career to enter the male-dominated world of '80s action movies. With no previous acting experience, Nielsen was cast alongside the charismatic Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Red Sonja', which is now receiving a 4K restoration re-release. The performer, now 59, has opened up about how she could still swing a sword if required, even after welcoming a fifth child at age 54.
"I have taken good care of myself and it shows," the Danish star told the Daily Mail. "I could still do those fight scenes now." Sylvester Stallone's ex confessed to the newspaper how she would love to be involved in the reboot of the movie. "Maybe I can be Red Sonja's mom!" she added with a laugh. "Teaching her how to show up with a sword, how to win a fight."
Nielsen said she had every intention of keeping up her stamina, especially for the sake of her family and career. "I will stay fit, I think for as long as I am a part of this planet. You have to understand that with age you're not going to be as fast. But I'm a healthy fit woman, and I like to stay that way," she continued. "Ever since my daughter was born a couple of years ago, I have stepped back a bit from acting and I am producing. So I started out my life with Red Sonja, now I have a little daughter and now I'm going to be producing an all-female action movie, which is very exciting."
Nielsen welcomed her daughter Frida, 4, in 2018, with her husband Mattia Dessi, 43, after a decade of failed IVF attempts. She has four other children from past relationships, namely Julian Winding, 38, Killian Marcus Nielsen, 32, Aaron Nielsen, 29, and Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr, 27. The 'Celebrity Big Brother' star admitted that being genetically gifted went a long way when it came to her staying in shape.
"Well, I want to be good to women and not everyone is born in a 6ft body," she explained. "I don't have a tendency to put on weight after giving birth to five kids, and I am actually genetically lucky because of how I was born. However, having said that, as women, you have to take good care of yourself. If you want to have a healthy strong nice looking body – you have to work at it." She added, "Many people think it's all about working out, it's not. The main focus is diet. It's what you put into your body – because not everyone has the time to go to the gym and most people don't want to go! So it's very important what you feed yourself, and keep small portions, and eat often but little. It's like everything in life – keep things balanced."
After 'Red Sonja', Nielsen starred alongside her future husband Stallone in action movies 'Rocky IV' and 'Cobra.' The pair was notably married from 1985 to 1987, and while she returned to the Rocky franchise in 2018's 'Creed II', she did not share any scenes with her ex-husband. That said, the first-ever 4K UHD restoration of 'RED SONJA' is out now, the Daily Mail reported.