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Josh Duhamel Is Dating Baby Driver‘s Eiza Gonzalez

But he only has nice things to say about his ex, Fergie.


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Josh Duhamel, actor and spokesman for the state of North Dakota (really), has a new girlfriend following his split from wife Fergie: Baby Driver actress Eiza González.

According to Us Weekly, “the pair met at a party on February 3rd after Jennifer Lopez’s pre-Super Bowl concert at the Minneapolis Armory.”

“They drank and partied together until very late,” said Us’ source. “After, Josh reached out to a mutual friend and asked for Eiza’s number.” They’ve been dating ever since (so, three weeks).The source further speculated, “They definitely have a connection because they’ve been FaceTiming and texting nonstop while she’s been in England working…They’re keeping it on the down-low. He’s telling her he’s never met anyone like her before.” OK sure!

According to her IMDb page, González’ project in England is (probably) Cut Throat City, a drama about New Orleans’ ninth ward co-starring Wesley Snipes. The Daily Mail notes that the actress has been “previously romantically linked to Liam Hemsworth.” Hemsworth, last we checked, was still living it up in Malibu with longtime love Miley Cyrus and their many pets.

As for Duhamel’s recent split from his wife of eight years and mother of his son Axl, singer Fergie, there’s no bad blood. He recently appeared on Ellen to defend his ex’s widely mocked rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, saying, “I think she would probably admit that it was not her best work, but the girl is crazy talented. She really is. She’s an amazing woman — an amazing human being, really.” And she’s not at all upset over the backlash, according to Duhamel. “Trust me, she’s fine. She is about as resilient as they come.”

Related: Fergie’s “Save It Til Morning” Music Video Depicts an A-List Couple’s Breakup

The 11 Fiercest, Ass-Kicking, Gun-Toting Women in Action Films of All Time

Perhaps not properly an action star in the traditional sense, Sigourney Weaver still set an important standard as the star of Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction film Alien, which combined tropes from across sci fi, action, and horror movies and synthesized them into one gruesome, thrilling ride.

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Seventies Blaxploitation star Pam Grier burned up the screen with her return to form in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, both an homage to and sendup of the genre in which Grier made her name.

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Michelle Yeoh dominated in Ang Lee’s 2000 wuxia film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon—and she earned a Best Actress BAFTA nominee for her efforts. So, too, did her younger costar Ziyi Zhang, who nabbed a Best Supporting Actress nod and has gone on to become an action star in her own right.

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Quentin Tarantino has demonstrated an affinity for powerful and ruthless women fronting his films. Not only did the director bring us Pam Grier in Jackie Brown, but then, several years later, he offered six hours of Uma Thurman in peak form as the assassin Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and its sequel, Vol. 2. His supporting actresses are no less fierce: There’s Lucy Liu, a fellow assassin in Kill Bill, Diane Kruger and Mélanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds, and, most recently, Jennifer Jason Leigh in Hateful Eight. Now, we’re just anticipating his reinvention of actress Sharon Tate in his just-announced Manson family project.

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Since Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie’s name has been synonymous with a kind of independent, ass-kicking action hero. In Mr. & Mrs. Smith, she goes toe-to-toe with Brad Pitt—and though they weren’t yet a couple, the tension is palpable.

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Saoirse Ronan was still a teenager when she transformed into the child assassin Hanna, star of the eponymous film. Like Natalie Portman in The Professional, Ronan takes on the adults of the world as if it were no big thing.

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Like Angelina Jolie, much of Zoe Saldana’s reputation hinges on her roles in action and science fiction films. She’s appeared in blockbusters like Avatar, the new Star Trek films, and Guardians of the Galaxy, but in Colombiana, an action thriller by The Professional director Luc Besson (whose more recent flick Lucy also makes this list), Saldana takes center stage as contract killer who witnessed the murder of her parents at a young age. (As a bonus, the film stars a child Amandla Stenberg as Saldana’s younger self.)

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In Lucy, Scarlett Johansson stars as the titular Lucy, an American expat living in Taiwan who is accidentally exposed to a synthetic drug that gives her supernatural physical and mental facilities. It was reported Angelina Jolie was also in talks with director Luc Besson to star in the title role.

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As with the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor in Doctor Who over the weekend, the announcement that newcomer English actress Daisy Ridley would star as a new heroine of the Star Wards franchise was met with some resistance. Yet Ridley, in taking over as the face of a franchise that had previously been fronted by Mark Hamill, proved she can face off against even the nastiest supervillains—Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Domhnall Gleeson.

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Wonder Woman has long set a standard for women starring in action films, and its new live-action remake starring Gal Gadot brought the comic to a new generation of women. The Patty Jenkins-directed film is now rated at 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has grossed more than the final Harry Potter film since its release last month.

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Charlize Theron has appeared in countless action films, but it wasn’t until this year’s Atomic Blonde that she truly seized control. She starred in, and developed, the project, based on Antony Johnston’s Cold War-set graphic novel The Coldest City—and the film is the strongest argument yet that Theron is ready for the biggest action franchise of them all: James Bond.

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