The 33-year-old actress can currently be seen in the American/French action film - in which she plays a deadly assassin - and while she does not consider herself a "masochist", she likes to have physical proof of how hard she has worked on a film.
However, she admits he dark bruises raised a few eyebrows at a recent wedding when she was wearing a dress.
She said: "I had this really nice dress on and I was full of bruises on my legs and arms.
"I`m talking about huge black and blue lumps all over my body. My family was mortified, but I take great pride in these bruises. I`m not a masochist but I work really hard and these were proof of the blood, sweat and tears I poured into this role."
From the age of 10 the screen beauty lived in the Dominican Republic, and she admits she was familiar with weapons on the set of `Colombiana` because there were always guns "around" when she was growing up.
She added to the New York Daily News newspaper: "I grew up around a family of hunters in the Caribbean and guns were always around. I`ve gone hunting before too. I have a lot of respect for weapons. Now, I obviously didn`t know about all the weapons used in this movie, but that allowed me to create my own sort of swagger."