tori casillas
full name Victoria Casillas Matthews professional name Tori Casillas date of birth 9 May 1986 (28) hometown Perth, Australia residences New York City, USA w/ Max St. Martin & Los Angeles, USA occupation Actress
Amateur martial artist status Something better beginning
"You be the princess," her brother instructed, giving her no chance to protest. "Noah will be the monster. Billy will be my squire."

Six year old Tori scowled. There was no point in telling Kevin she didn't want to be the stupid useless princess. She was always the princess. I'm the oldest so you need to listen to me, Kevin said the last time. You're the only girl in the family so you're the princess. She let Kevin believe what he wanted and the moment he turned his head, she tackled him to steal the stick they were using as a sword, stabbed Noah and ran off. This princess needed no saviour.

She'd been like this since she could always remember. The only daughter to James and Gabriela Matthews, Tori was raised believing she could earn her right to anything if she wanted it. She was more than a damsel in distress. She did not have to take people's shit if she didn't want to. Her older brothers were there to coach her through standing up to bullies -- how to be wittier, how to be faster, how to be stronger.

By the time she was 11, Tori was enrolled in taekwondo classes with her brothers and finding a solution to her problems with classmates. The lessons she learned in her classes would serve as a foundation for her self-worth and self-confidence. Years later when staying with her paternal grandparents for the summer in London, she would be discovered at an amateur taekwondo tournament by Matthew Vaughn, the director to her first feature film. He would later say in interviews that the first time she appeared on the mat, he'd been bemused by her small stature only become amazed at her sheer willpower.

Matthew Vaughn approached the then 16 year old and invited her to audition for a film he was starting to pull together. This would lead to Layer Cake, the formal introduction of Tori Casillas to the world. While he did not cast her as a major role in his movie, he would prove to be Tori's biggest supporter, introducing her to various people in the British film industry.

Tori formally dropped out of school and began to concentrate her attention on making her new career work. She found acting to be loads of fun, pretending to be someone else and living a lifestyle she'd never come across in the past. The roles she was interested in were limiting and her agent at the time encouraged her to try other options.

Tori's breakthrough came in the form of Strawberry Fields, Bond girl in the latest 007 film. Though she'd initially felt overjoyed at her luck, she quickly realised her disgust for most female roles in action films. The attention she received as a Bond girl unnerved her. She was criticised in newspapers, tabloids, online forums for her looks, her weight and her personality. After her experience with a high profile project like Quantum of Solace, Tori vowed to never again play a woman whose main purpose was to support the leading man and serve as eye candy for audiences.

She struggled at times, sometimes backed out of projects because she disagreed with the decisions the director attempted to make with her characters. Nothing seemed compelling to her. Every time she would land a big role, she would lose another over her temper and her reluctance to compromise.

While she has never been interested in becoming a serious actress, Tori finds herself at war with Hollywood to find great female action roles. In addition to auditioning for male roles, Tori speaks out against the old boys' club that so much of the action genre is built upon, much to the chagrin of her agent and publicist. The gratuitous sexualisation of women is an issue Tori champions against.

(2019) the justice league part two ... diana prince / wonder woman (2017) the justice league part one ... diana prince / wonder woman (2017) wonder woman ... diana prince / wonder woman (2016) batman v superman: dawn of justice ... diana prince / wonder woman (2015) jupiter ascending ... jupiter jones (2014) the expendables 3 ... luna (2014) edge of tomorrow ... rita vrataski (2013) a good day to die hard ... lucy mcclane (2013) fast & furious 6 ... riley (2011) haywire ... mallory kane (2011) "quirky girl" (funny or die short) ... claire (2010) inception ... ariadne (2008) quantum of solace ... strawberry fields (2008) rocknrolla ... june (2007) live free or die hard ... lucy mcclane (2006) irresistible ... mara (2005) unleashed ... victoria (as tori matthews) (2005) oliver twist ... bet (as tori matthews) (2004) lighthouse hill ... sally (as tori matthews) (2004) layer cake ... charlie (as tori matthews)
parents James Matthews (father, 60, convenience store owner) Gabriela Casillas (mother, 59, housewife) siblings Kevin Matthews (32, co-owner of matthews construction) Noah Matthews (30, co-owner of matthews construction) Billy Matthews (27, actor) Ryan Matthews (25, accountant) etc Courtney Williams (sister-in-law, 32, teacher) Ellie Matthews (niece, 3) Brianna Rodrigues (sister-in-law, 29, housewife) Samuel Matthews (nephew, b. 11 december 2014)
» mother is spanish, father is english/taiwanese-australian; the middle child in a brood of four boys

» acts under her mother's last name because she felt her father's last name was too "boring" and "predictable"

» has two tattoos: left forearm - 'indomitable spirit' in korean (백절불굴), one of the five tenets of taekwondo; back of neck - small outline of australia

» started taekwondo when she was 11; currently holds a third degree black belt

» was discovered by matthew vaughn, the director of layer cake when she was in london visiting her paternal grandparents in 2002. he happened to be at an amateur taekwondo tournament she was participating in

» mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid 2012, underwent double mastectomy and a year and a half of chemo. doctors are still tentatively hopeful gabriela will continue to be cancer-free. tori spent much of 2012 and 2013 in australia during her breaks

» dropped out of school and moved to london in 2003 under the mentorship of her first director

» in her first few years of acting, tori lived with her english grandparents and worked part time as a barkeep and street seller selling fake perfume and cheap jewellery

» speaks fluent english, catalan and spanish; speaks minimal mandarin chinese

» bullied as a kid for her looks and again before/after the filming of quantum of solace and during her relationship with a high profile actor, which is why she's so against the sexualisation of women in action films specifically

» personal heroes include: guy ritchie, matthew vaughn, jean claude van damme, russell crowe, lynda carter, uma thurman, mickey rourke, angelina jolie

» her dream role would be xena, the warrior princess

» defines herself as an entertainer rather than an artist

» while tkd remains her strongest martial art, she has varying degrees of ability in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, sword fighting, brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, judo and wushu mostly due to the requirements of various roles she's taken on since she started acting. of the newer styles, mma is her favourite and one that she has kept up with since she picked it up in 2009

» when she isn't acting, she participates in secret at amateur mma and tkd tournaments. her agent continues to implore her to give up her pipe dream of going semi-pro as to avoid broken bones and bruises that might affect her acting career

» directors sometimes find it difficult to work with her because she has strong opinions about the direction of her characters

» rarely picks challenging roles for herself since she is only willing to make movies that she would enjoy watching or have fun making. her characters are often similar in attitude and some variation of her own personality

» often does not get along with costars who are method actors or do not separate on screen life from off screen because she's of the opinion that they're there to bond and work together as a team than to work as individuals to perfect one single character

» does as many of her own stunts as her agent and director will let her

» refuses to take any roles where her primary job is to serve as the hot female interest (quantum of solace is one of her biggest regrets)

» regularly auditions for male roles, trying to ask to genderbend roles that she likes

» auditioned for "billy the kid" in the expendables; while sylvester stallone was impressed with her he chose not to change the character for an actress. stallone would later come back and offer the role of luna in the expendables 3

» auditioned for transformers as sam witwicky and was offered the role of mikaela banes instead. after reading mikaela's lines, tori dropped out.

casting rumours
» rumoured to be cast as lara croft in the tomb raider reboot

» rumoured to have lobbied to play doctor doom in the fantastic four reboot

» rumoured to have auditioned for the hunger games franchise as johanna mason