Todd, I'm guessing the common thread among these ten actors is that they are all highly talented actors with great depth to their various on-screen characters. I thought Rachel Weisz acted well in ENEMY AT THE GATES, as did Sarita Choudhury in MISSISSIPPI MASALA and KAMA SUTRA. I am looking forward to her MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN.
That, and they are among those whom I find more than ordinarily attractive, in part because of their talent (leaving off Amanda Donohoe or Maria Bello or Amy Ryan or Aisha Tyler or Gong Li is mostly a matter of whose rather good portrait I came across first). Another, if rather arbitrary, factor is that the oldest of these women is six years older than I am, the youngest six years younger. So, some of the striking older and younger thespians are missing, as well.
I see, in spot-checking, that I err above...the oldest is 8 years older than I, the youngest 8 years younger. Some certainly more recognized than others. My favorite arguably negative response to the post is that "they all look the same."
I'm proud to say that I recognize Irene Bedard from the movie Smoke Signals, the filmed version of Sherman Alexie's excellent short stories about live on the res' in the Seattle area. (There's an author whose is due for an FFB post from me.) There are only three actresses here I've never heard of nor seen perform. Whatever happened to Angela Bassett? At one time she was ubiquitous in film.
She's still working a fair amount and diversely, though her most visible recent projects have been slight comedies. She's an older (if still middle-aged), non-pale Caucasian woman...all of which can get in the way of getting roles.I am curious as to which three have eluded you so far. (Bedard's role in SMOKE SIGNALS, fwiw, was of a member of a southwestern nation, a friend of the protagonist's father after he fled his home res' in the NW. She's also quite memorable to me in EDGE OF AMERICA, among other good work.)
Two self-corrections...Bedard's character in SMOKE SIGNALS is working with a SW nation, but it's unclear where her own roots lie...and (perhaps not quite a correction) I'll suggest that JUMPING THE BROOM is better than a slight comedy, though most of Bassett's other recent work can be described thus. More AKEELAH AND THE BEEs or even THE SCOREs would be welcome...or more JUMPING THE BROOMs.
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