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Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Only 10 Modern Actresses I Can Stand

...well, that's not strictly true. I do like a few more than 10, but most of them either get on my nerves OR I have no idea who they are! ;D

Anyway, I decided to post this today because 1) It was so easy to whip up, and 2) I had nothing better to do.

Obviously, I do watch some modern films (for me, modern is anything post 1980 ;D ), but the ratio of old films to modern films is 10,000:1 ;D The last time I watched a "modern" film was....over a month ago. They're just in no way, shape or form as enjoyable...for me, that is.

Most of the actors and actresses I never really notice when watching modern films, so this list is exceptionally special because I really do love these actresses.

I've decided to share my favourite role of each of the actresses because I've noticed sometimes other bloggers do that, and I think it's a great idea!

No. 1 - Gillian Anderson

Gillian has been my firm favourite since I saw her in the Beeb's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House. She completely mesmerized me throughout the whole series, and I wouldn't like to think how many times I've watched it since. A few months back I think I watched the whole thing about 4 times in 2 weeks!! I love and admire her so much that I'll watch entire films just to see her for a few minutes. Oh, and she's also far too hilarious! All of her interviews have me in stitches!

Favourite Role: Lady Dedlock in Bleak House

No. 2 - Meryl Streep

Is there anyone who doesn't like Meryl? She is most definitely one of the greatest actresses of all time - her very presence makes her younger co-stars quake with fear! She's unbelievably versatile, and she's so utterly charming that you can't help but love her!

Favourite Role: Sophie in Sophie's Choice, Julia in Julie and Julia, or Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (I know, I know! ;D)

No. 3 - Cate Blanchett

Cate has something that most of her contemporaries don't have - class, elegance and beautiful manners. She is undoubtedly one of the classiest actresses that has graced our screens since the Golden Age and whenever I see her in a film, an interview, or even just a photo, it's a breath of fresh air.

Favourite Role: Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator

No. 4 - Helena Bonham-Carter

For me, Helena is a modern day Bette Davis (except, not quite as spectacularly amazing!). She doesn't care, and, even more, she doesn't care that you know that she doesn't care. She also has magnificent acting chops like Bette. Her sense of humour is the best EVER, and...well, just check out this video...

How can you not love her!? :')

Favourite Role: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd

No. 5 - Anjelica Huston

A couple of years back I was obsessed - with a capital O obsessed - with The Addams Family. I loved, and still do, everything to do with it, and I especially loved Morticia. However, I'm not a big fan of the t.v. series because Anjelica Huston completely overshadowed Carolyn Jones as Morticia. Seriously...Anjelica was magnificent! Ever since then, I've loved her in everything...she's an absolutely fabulous actress! :')

Favourite Role: Morticia Addams in The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values.

No. 6 - Kate Winslett

Titanic aside, I think Kate Winslett is fabulous! She always, always makes me smile and, most often than not, I feel happier after watching something with her in! Also, she's so beautiful, it's unfair!

Favourite Role: Iris Simpkins in The Holiday or Sylvia Davies in Finding Neverland.

No. 7 - Emma Thompson

She may have written and starred in Nanny McPhee, but I forgave her (eventually) and began to love her as much as ever. (But really, what was she thinking?). She's one of the Cambridge Trio (Fry, Laurie and Thompson) and she's just FABULOUS! She also rode her bicycle down one of the corridors of her college - can't you just see it!?

Favourite Role: Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility

No. 8 - Ellen Page

Ellen Page is unbelievable. If you haven't seen Juno go and watch it NOW! She is unbelievable in this film, and I think the first time I saw it I sat there in a stupor. Kristen Stewart should take a few (no, rephrase that: MANY) lessons in "How to Be An Amazing Actress" and "How To Choose Great Scripts" from Ellen.

Favourite Role: Juno McGuff in Juno.

No. 9 - Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine's one of the actresses who gives some AMAZING performances, and then some absolutely rubbish ones. This is not endearing. Neither is her constantly-fluxing-between-Welsh-and-American accent. However, overlooking these minor points, I really do admire and love her. (Not so much that I don't laugh hysterically at French and Saunders' mick-taking sketches of her, though...)

Favourite Role: Velma Kelly in Chicago.

No. 10 - Jodie Foster

I first saw Jodie in Bugsy Malone and absolutely loved her in it! She was the most convincing one of the bunch, and just utterly fantastic! I have to admit, I haven't seen that many of her films, but she's impressed me so much that I feel she deserves this place. Also, she speaks fluent French, as well as fairly good Italian and, I think, German! That is a certain way to get yourself onto this list! ;D

Favourite Role: Tallulah in Bugsy Malone

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this list! Tomorrow I'll be posting my 10 fav. modern actors (or not...it could be another 2 weeks! ;D ), so feel free to check back for that!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! A presto! :)


  1. That's a solid list Sophie. I agree with all your picks as well. Great seeing Winslet, Foster and Thompson make your top 10. Check out my modern favorite list I did a few weeks ago and see how we compare.

  2. Haha, we have the same list! I also like Samantha Morton, Emma Watson, and Juliette Binoche. My list of male actors is even slimmer. : }


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