Sometimes you just need to write a light and fluffy post. After my heavy heart on Wednesday, I thought I would go to the shallowest place I could think of…Hollywood. And because I have a particular fondness for acting (side note: I was a Theater minor in college and once upon a time dreamed of being a movie star), I thought I would share with you who I think are the most captivating actresses out there right now.
Keep in mind that I have a young child and I may not be that current on the hottest actresses. But I can guarantee my picks will stand the test of time.
Here is my criteria: have charisma (you don’t have to be beautiful but you should be captivating), be believable (I need to believe you in your role 100%), be interesting (offer me something unexpected).
1. Kate Winslet
She’s my absolute favorite. I’ve always loved her grace and honesty and her willingness to take on a role completely. But where I really fell in love with her acting was long before her famous turn in Titanic. If you haven’t had a chance, you should watch Heavenly Creatures. You’ll see a whole new side of Kate.
2. Kathy Bates
Yes, she’s a character actress but what a character she is. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a big fan of Stephen King (she became well known for her lead role in Misery). But my absolute favorite role of hers is Dolores Claiborne. As the title character, she masted the Maine accent and showed an incredible complexity to a character with decades of history.
3. Charlize Theron
Another pretty face. She’s been in many forgettable movies and some I’d like to forget (Sweet November, anyone?) But when I watched her in Monster, I was completely captivated and forgot entirely that she was Charlize, the movie star. It was an incredibly powerful and shocking performance that lent a certain level of humanity to her role as female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos.
4. Meryl Streep
Call it predictable but none can really top Meryl Streep in my book. She can make you laugh and cry with the greatest of ease. Whether she is playing a tough whistleblower in Silkwood or an elegant Danish woman in Out of Africa (my all time favorite movie), she is magic on the big screen.
5. Annette Bening
My unsung hero. Not only was she the only woman to snag a ring from Warren Beatty, but she also snagged an incredible role in another one of my favorite movies, American Beauty. Her strong, earthiness resonated with me the moment I saw her in Bugsy and she still rocks it in my book.
Who did I miss?