Best Acted Scenes of All Time – Redux

vogue mythsNo, I haven’t seen all the movies on the planet and no, I also haven’t been around since the beginning of time. Although, in a way I have been, but that’s another discussion. Either way, every once in a while there is a performance that just sticks with you because of its creativity, intensity or ability to make you feel.

So, as a pretty representative part of the general movie going public I bring you this list. Or perhaps as a pretty representative part of the often-crying-at-movies movie going public. Or you know, the often-crying-at-movies movie going public that is Dutch and also an actress. Either way, here is my personal list of the best acted scenes of all time…spoilers ahead!

January 21st, 2013|Categories: Other Actors|Tags: |19 Comments

About An Actor: Annette Bening

Annette-Bening-Vanity-FairWho? Annette Bening

Type: Independent woman

First Noticeable Role: The Grifters

Breakthrough: The American President

Lucky Bitch or Ass-Off-Worker:  Annette is one of those common well trained actor success stories. When her parents moved from conservative Kansas to hippie California, Annette went from school plays to a theater degree from San Francisco State University to joining the American Conservatory Theater there to doing off off Broadway plays in New York to receiving a Tony award nomination…

July 25th, 2011|Categories: Other Actors|Tags: , |1 Comment

15 Audition Tapes of Famous Actors

JessicaAlbaEllePhotoshoot Jessica Alba auditioning for the role of Agent 99 in Get Smart, which went to Anne Hathaway? Julia Roberts doing an unknown audition before she became Pretty Woman? A very young Natalie Portman auditioning for her breakthrough role as Mathilde in Leon: The Professional? Robert DeNiro auditioning for the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather?

I’ve always wanted to see audition tapes of famous actors, for many reasons. First, it’s really refreshing to see that the stars too, had (and have!) to stand in front of a 4 headed committee, unflattering light and everything, and act with a monotoning casting director. And second, it’s really educative! You see pure self-generated acting from the greats without props and sets and costars. You might also get an idea of what your audition tapes look like, and what does and doesn’t work.

So I present to you here: 15 great (and not so great) audition tapes of famous actors…

July 19th, 2011|Categories: Other Actors|Tags: , |19 Comments

About An Actor: Emma Stone

EmmaStonephotoshootWho? Emma Stone

Type: Goofy girl

First Noticeable Role: Superbad

Breakthrough: Easy A

Lucky Bitch or Ass-Off-Worker: Definitely a girl who took a lot of initiative on her own, but was lucky in the fact that she was supported by her parents.

Emma joined a local theater group at the young age of 11 in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and performed in a dozen of productions with them. She was even home schooled for a while so she could tour around with them. Then, at age 15, the ever-sassy Emma made a Powerpoint presentation for her parents in which she tried to convince them to let her move to Los Angeles, Madonna’s Hollywood playing in the background…

July 11th, 2011|Categories: Other Actors|Tags: , |3 Comments

New Weekly Column: About An Actor

CareyMulliganphotoshootAs a starting actress I look at news about famous actors in a different way. I wonder: How did they get their start? Did they work their ass off or were they just lucky?  Even though every actor has a different story and there is no formula for succes, there’s always something to take away from the biographies of working actors.

And because I suspect I’m not the only one who thinks that, I present to you the new “About an Actor” column  in which I will post a little background info and some of my observations about an actress/actor every Monday. If you share yours we can maybe build an understanding about what makes different actors special!

Up this week: Miss Carey Mulligan…

July 5th, 2011|Categories: Other Actors|Tags: , |9 Comments