“Haywire” thesps Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton are big stars in their own right but it was MMA veteran Gina Carano who had to fight off a crowd of well-wishers at Relativity Media’s premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s female-powered actioner at the DGA on Thursday night.

Soderbergh introduced the film by noting that “Years ago, I saw Gina Carano beat up a woman in a cage and thought, The only thing that would make that more exciting is if that was a male movie star.”

“Steven asked me, ‘Why is Angelina Jolie the only female action star in the world?,'” said Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh. “I told him, ‘I don’t know,’ and he said, ‘Because someone made her that way, and I’m going to make Gina into one of the biggest action stars in the world.'”

While Carano had the fight scenes down pat, some had expressed concern about her acting chops, especially considering she’s surrounded by a cast of veteran thesps. Carano, however, wasn’t worried. “I came from the fight world, so that’s kind of as extreme as it gets, and I’m an open person, so I had no problem jumping into something like this.”