The Mortal Kombat film focused on three of Earthrealm’s combatants, the planet’s last best hope against the imminent Outworld invasion. Wilson’s Sonya Blade was the lone female protagonist among a largely male cast. The character of Sonya is one of the original seven player characters from the very first Mortal Kombat video game, and she’s been featured in some capacity in every iteration of the franchise since. She was born in Austin, Texas, and is a second-generation U.S. Army Special Forces officer, who joined up to follow in the footsteps of her father, the renowned soldier Herman Blade.
Sonya’s capture by the Outland armies at the end of Mortal Kombat was the major inciting incident for Mortal Kombat II, lauded by many players as the defining entry in the long-running fighting game franchise.
Before Wilson was tapped to play the role of Sonya, she actually got her start on the teen pageant circuit. She grew up in Gold Beach, Oregon, where she originally started competing, and ultimately rose to claim the tiara of Miss Teen USA in 1990. After that, it was only a matter of time before she got her first big opportunity in Hollywood.