I thought it was just going to be a regular day at school... until I heard the gossiping from the teachers that "the substitute art teacher is in the new Spider-Man movie!" They were talking about what great shape she was in and how she was did stuntwork in it. It just so happened that I had to go to that art class later on in the day. So I was going to meet Mary-Jane herself.
When we piled into classroom and met her, she introduced herself as Ms. Habberstad. We had some sort of assignment that day where we were supposed to paint stuff, but we could all barely focus on it. I think a lot of us just wound up painting Spider-Man stuff.
She did set aside some time to talk to us about making movies and being in Spider-Man. She was the stunt double for Mary-Jane Watson, played by Kirsten Dunst. One of the questions a kid in our class asked was "did you have to do the scene where you kissed Spider-Man?" She laughed and said "Nope. That was Kirsten." The kid just went "Phew. Good."
She was so nice to all of us and really sweet. She even signed all of our paintings. Toward the end of the class, she pulled out a prop from the movie--- it was a steel cable wrapped in webbing, meant to be one of Spider-Man's webs that could be held onto by humans for stunts. I think most of the webs were CGI, but they did need physical ones for various reasons and this was one of them. I wish I could find a photo of it but I can't. But it was really cool. Looking at this steel cable wrapped in webbing blew my mind and made me become fascinated with production and how things are made. In a way, I think this moment changed me. I wanted to make movies after this. I didn't have the resources to. I didn't even have a camera. But I wanted to.
I've since found out that Jeri was in other things I liked: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Spider-Man 2. She was in a ton of other stuff too, just stuff that escapes my interests. You can check out her IMDB here and her iStunt resume here.
Looking at her bio, it turns out she has an email address you can contact her at. Maybe I should get in touch with her... but what would I say?
Yeah. Maybe not.
Check out her stunt profile here:
Her physical abilities are really impressive. Check out what she can do: