Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez have a great deal in common — they are both beautiful women, they are both box office gold and they both demand strong female roles.

Never more so than in new Robert Rodriguez movie Machete.

Rodriguez points to one scene in particular which she says embodies that combination of toughness and sexiness saying: “I like her scene with the stiletto heel, sticking it in the guys eyeball.

“Dude I’ve been waiting for that moment. I’ve always wanted a 007-moment like that, where the chick takes off the metal heel and, I don’t know, presses a button and it shoots out in between somebody’s eyeballs or something, but that’s very close.”

Toughness, sexiness and not a little sociopathy perhaps. It’s a choice to play those kind of roles, Alba points out, adding: “We try not to feed into the typical stereotype of the victim ditsy chick.

“Like, oh my god, you’re so hot,” — the latter line delivered a comic Californian accent.

The only downside to demanding these kind of roles is that it can get expensive.

“It means not working”, she says “and it also means not getting paid the same. It’s a choice.” But the choice to work with Robert Rodriguez on Machete and not getting paid a lot was an easy one, because he “gets it” both women confirmed.

Rodriguez adds: “He gets strong women. He understands how to take your attributes and exploit them appropriately. If a girl shows a little sign of intelligence, exploit that.”

Rodriguez, with her heart on her sleeve as usual, adds: “I’m tired of the idea that I have to be a representative of some sort to the fashion world”

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