Mary Mouser, the star of ‘Cobra Kai,’ did you practice karate before playing Sam?


Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) inherited her father’s gift for martial arts in the acclaimed “Karate Kid” spin-off series “Cobra Kai.” As a result, some viewers may wonder if Mouser practiced karate before taking on the role of the Miyagi-Do student.

Mary Mouser Revealed if She Was a Martial Arts Prior To Portraying Sam in 2019

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During a 2019 interview on the “Zach Sang Show ,” Mary Mouser revealed that she had no prior experience with martial arts before being cast as Sam.

“I had no prior experience with this.” I literally skipped PE because I despise working out. “I’d never — I’d only tried the treadmill three times in my life,” the actress explained.

She then mentioned that during the first season of the show, Sam does not practice karate because he is trying to fit in with the popular students at West Valley High School. In “Cobra Kai” season 2, the character eventually joins her father’s dojo, as fans are aware. “I was like, ‘Oh this is so cool..'”

“In season 1, I was like, ‘Oh this is so cool..’ When season 2 rolled around, I was like, ‘Please, please, please, can I do karate?’ and [the show’s creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg]were like, ‘Oh just wait..’ ‘And they said, ‘We’re going to put you in training,'” the 25-year-old explained.

The actress revealed that she took “ kickboxing and Muay Thai” classes before filming “Cobra Kai” season 2. “It was a complete lifestyle change..”

It took a lot of effort. But I think for not knowing anything about it before, I fell completely in love with it and learned as much as I could in like a two-month period, but that’s about all I had,” the actress explained.

Mary Mouser Discussed Why She Enjoyed Being a ‘Cobra Kai’ Cast Member

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Mary Mouser expressed her gratitude to be a “Cobra Kai” cast member in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in August 2021.

“Working on ‘Cobra Kai’ has been nothing short of incredible. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to work on this show. With a laugh, Mouser explained, “I feel like it’s exactly the kind of show that I would have loved to watch in my adolescence, and now.”

She praised the show’s handling of the bullying theme over the course of its three seasons, which are all available on Netflix. She explained that, unlike “The Karate Kid,” the show features multiple characters with different points of view, so no one is necessarily a villain or a hero. “I think it’s cool that it’s showing a new perspective on that same story of how does someone become a bully, and hopefully we can all look at that and say, ‘Okay, I don’t want to do that, so I’m going to avoid that from happening,’ but it’s also the honest take that we all have good and bad in us,” said Mouser. “It’s also not so simple to say that some people are good and others are bad.” And it’s not so black-and-white, and I like the hazy lines of figuring it all out within ourselves. I believe that’s something I would have identified with and connected with as a teenager, and it’s something I still need to be reminded of and connect with now. READ NEXT: What Xolo Mariduea & Jacob Bertrand Really Think About Elisabeth Shue

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