Ronda Rousey has a well-deserved reputation as queen of the nerds, in addition to her more obvious athletic accolades. She’s been a hardcore Pokemon fanatic since she was a child and has a laundry list of geek cred to her name that’s well worth checking out. And just because she’s become the biggest star in combat sports doesn’t mean she’s stopped making time for video games. She recently spoke to Gamespot as part of her promotional duties for EA’s UFC 2 and shared her thoughts on all sorts of topics from Twitch style streaming to video game movie roles.
“I’ve always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass,” she told Gamespot. “I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you’re in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.”
This isn’t the first famous character Rousey has angled to play. She pushed hard in public to land the role of Captain Marvel, and had her agents work tirelessly behind the scenes to play Patrick Swayze’s character in Road House. While she didn’t get Captain Marvel, Road House starts filming later this year. Ronda also got into World of Warcraft after learning they were making a movie out of the game. “I was like ‘I want to do that!’ That’s what made me start playing World of Warcraft,” she said. “And so I got into it backwards like that. It started out as role research for something I knew I would never get. I didn’t have time or they were already filming it.”
As for the trend in people watching other people play video games, Ronda said it wasn’t for her although her good friend and fellow female fighter Jessamyn Duke “pays more of her bills streaming than she does from fighting,” which is both awesome and terrible to think about.
“I’d be t*tties out with controller in hand like ‘Let’s do this!'” she joked. “But no, I don’t think so. My commentary during games is not that exciting. It’s more of my relaxation and alone time than anything. It’s like a meditative thing for me. It’s a time to not be on and entertaining somebody else. It’s a time for me to be entertained, you know what I mean?”
Considering how much time Ronda already spends being ‘on,’ I don’t blame her for wanting to keep some aspects of her life to herself. A lot of folks would still watch that Twitch stream, though.