Angelina Jolie is Maggie Q's favourite action woman.
The Hawaiian-born actress, who has already taken a leaf out of her idol's books, having appeared in Mission: Impossible III, Live Free Or Die Hard and TV series Nikita, admires Angelina for her empowering female roles.
"I think Angelina Jolie in Salt is a perfect example - it's just good for females right now, in the industry, to be able to headline and carry something that traditionally men carry," she told Collider.com.
"Angelina Jolie in Salt is very believable, but not because she's super tough or has more muscles than the next girl. She's an incredible actress, and that toughness comes from a place that's very internal, which is the reason why she's so good at what she does."
Maggie - who next stars in Priest with Paul Bettany - added: "What I like that's happening right now in the action genre, which didn't happen before, is that they're using incredibly credible actors now in these big action roles.
"I look at people like Angelina and Michelle Yeoh and I admired them because it was the combination of things that they brought to the screen that really worked. Now that I'm in that position, I know how hard it is, and my admiration has just been heightened."