Former Cal student-athlete takes center stage in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’


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While Chris Pine is widely accepted as the face of Cal alumni who made it big on screen after their time at Cal, he’s not the one featured in the film that’s currently smashing box-office records.

That title belongs to Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, who acts as a stuntwoman in the recently released blockbuster “Black Panther,” which also stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.

Although Adams-Ginyard has also worked on acclaimed shows and movies such as “The Mindy Project,” “American Horror Story” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther” is the biggest project she’s worked on in her seven years as a stunt double.

A former track star for Cal during her time as a student-athlete, Adams-Ginyard plays the role of a bodyguard/special forces member to the Black Panther — a fitting part given her athletic background.

Adams-Ginyard was previously a member of Cal’s track and field team, after a decorated career at Gahr High School that included a state championship.

Josh Yuen is an assistant sports editor. Contact him at [email protected].