Rhonda Rousey Gets Nervous Watching Herself In The Expendables 3

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By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | August 16, 2014 10:12 PM EST

The biggest draw of mixed martial arts also shows fear - mostly of watching herself on the big screen so much so that she had to close her eyes when she first saw her starring vehicle, "Expendables 3."

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Cast member Ronda Rousey attends the premiere of the film "The Expendables 3" in Los Angeles August 11, 2014.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion bared to Yahoo! Her experience in filming and watching herself play Luna, a cold blooded fighter recruited by Barney Ross, the character played by Sylvester Stallone as part of the new generation of the Expendables.

"Anyone I was watching the movie with would look at my face to see my reaction to watching myself and so I got self-conscious about how I looked watching me," Rousey said.

While the film generated mixed reviews, some film critics praised Rousey's stage presence and her charisma on screen. Roger Ebert singled out her leadership quality that puts her on the level with Stallone's character. The Independent, a London-based news outlet, called out the under usage of her character while being the lone female in the movie.

The film opened Friday at the United States and is banking on an ensemble cast that includes Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes among others to generate a lot of revenue and move the franchise to the fourth chapter.

The rookie actress shot eight weeks of the film in Bulgaria last year and immediately returned home to train for the fight against Miesha Tate called UFC 168. Rousey handily won that match by a mere twenty seconds via submission. Her fears of seeing herself on screen make her more nervous that taking her peers in the Octagon.

Rousey is also set to appear in two other movies next year. She has finished filming the seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise and the film version of the hit HBO television series Entourage. She also has her sights to become a big box office draw similar to what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has achieved. First, she has to conquer her stage fright.

The talented fighter told reporters that she finds judging her acting abilities harder than gauging her mixed martial arts discipline. Her new venture in the film industry gives her a lot of time to take baby steps though she has lofty goals for her shift to the industry.

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Cast member Ronda Rousey attends the premiere of the film "The Expendables 3" in Los Angeles August 11, 2014.
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