Some actors receive invitations to play characters that are always similar and end up associated with a certain stereotype. Katherine Heigl, Zooey Deschanel and Michelle Rodriguez are examples of professionals who often face this problem. Maybe because they are very good at portraying a certain type of character on screen, or simply because the producers don’t want to risk changing the image of the actress that the public is already used to. Either way, we love all three of them, even though they play similar roles in different movies.
However, there are those actresses whose talent allows them to play any role, from villains to real cuties. We, from awesome.clubwe have selected some that shine on the big screen regardless of the characteristics of their characters, successfully embodying both bad girls and good fairies.
Cate Blanchett’s film career can be the professional envy of aspiring actresses. The Australian diva has already portrayed dozens of characters on screen: women and men, protagonists and antagonists and, in addition, she also acts in theatrical productions.
Among her best transformations are the Queen of England, in the long Elizabeth, and the agent Irina Spalko, in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. By the way, the character of Kate has become Steven Spielberg’s favorite villain throughout the franchise.
Imelda Staunton played the villain who became one of the main anti-heroes of the Harry Potter saga. Critics noted that it was clear that the actress really enjoyed playing Dolores Umbridge on film.
However, the British actress also does very well playing good characters. For example, in Maleficent, she played the role of a friendly fairy who raises the princess. These two works by Imelda are recognized by critics as her best cinematic performances.
Emma Thompson always chooses roles that allow you to show the various complexities of women’s lives. It doesn’t matter if she plays the Queen of England, a Hogwarts teacher or an arrogant baroness, the actress’s performance manages to capture the attention of the public and the critics.
One of the good characters that Emma embodied on screen was the housekeeper McPhee in the movie Nanny McPhee, the Enchanted Nanny. In the course of the plot, the appearance of the character changes, and the actress demonstrates it “in her own skin”.
In 2021, Emma played the antagonist role in Cruella. The actress admitted that she had wanted to play a character like this for a while and liked all the costumes she wore during filming. She classified them as works of art. Asked if it was difficult to portray a villain, she replied: “If my husband were here, he would say I’m not acting. It’s all real.”
Helena Bonham Carter
Critics are unanimous when they declare that Helena Bonham Carter has her own unique style. This also goes for her characters. The actress usually chooses the roles of eccentric women, and among her best performances is the villain of the Harry Potter universe, Bellatrix Lestrange.
One of the reasons why the character became iconic was that Helena herself insisted on adding certain characteristics to the sorceress’ appearance: during filming, the actress wore a corset, walked around with disheveled and dirty hair, showed rotten teeth (she wore a prosthetic dental). Furthermore, she made the character even more unstable and paranoid than was required by the script.
However, Helena’s good characters are also very convincing. For example, the Fairy Godmother in the 2015 adaptation of Cinderella. This role is one of the highlights of the actress’s career.
At 31, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most successful actresses of the century and has already won an Oscar and three Golden Globes. Her name was on the list of the most influential people in the world, according to Forbes magazine. The actress appears in both independent films and various blockbusters, so it is not surprising that her characters are not similar. Jennifer played Mystique in parts of the X-Men franchise, becoming unrecognizable in the role.
In the recently released Don’t Look Up, viewers see a completely different Jennifer. In this film, the actress plays an astronomy student who discovers a comet on a collision course with Earth. Both roles mentioned are considered by experts to be the most outstanding in the actress’s career.
Critics consider Tilda Swinton one of the best modern actresses in Hollywood. She manages to portray a woman in love, a mad dictator and a fallen angel, and none of her performances go unnoticed.
In 2020, the short film A Voz Humana, by Pedro Almodóvar, was released. In that production, Tilda played the role of a woman talking on the phone with her lover, who has decided to end the relationship. Audiences and critics followed the character’s story breathlessly and called the film “an explosion of crazy passion”.
A completely different Tilda can be seen in the post-apocalyptic thriller Express of Tomorrow, in which she portrayed a crazy train captain’s assistant. The actress sought to show the character as disgusting as possible, including in appearance. Some of the details of her look were suggested by Tilda herself.
Nicole Kidman has been one of the most sought-after actresses in the cinematic world since the early 90s and has played roles in completely different productions: in musicals, historical romances, psychological thrillers and superhero blockbusters. Therefore, her characters are never the same.
Nicole plays Grace Kelly in the movie Grace of Monaco admirably. Critics wrote, ”The camera sighs with pleasure every time Nicole appears on screen”.
The actress manages to portray a villain, as in As Aventuras de Paddington, a production in which she got the role of taxidermist Millicent Clyde, who hunts the teddy bear. By the way, Nicole was very thrilled to be asked to play the role, as she has loved the story since her childhood. As an excellent professional that she is, she took preparation for the role very seriously: she learned to throw knives and attended taxidermy classes.
Lena Headey is best known as Cersei Lannister from the Game of Thrones series, but she has also played other interesting roles. Sarah Connor, played by Lena, won acclaim from audiences and critics alike, who described her as a leader of humanity who strives to achieve her goal.
In addition to these, Lena’s best work includes the roles of Sarah Trevanny in the thriller The Return of the Talented Ripley, Julia Bevis in Family and Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire.
However, the role of Cersei, the most famous in her career, brought Lena not only fame and money, but equally the anger of fans. The actress played the villain so brilliantly that fans simply no longer understand where the series ends and real life begins. For example, at book signings, people would snatch the books out of Lena’s hands so she wouldn’t sign them and openly say they hated her.
One of the most remarkable roles in Natalie Portman’s career is that of Evey Hammond, in the long V for Vendetta. To embody the character, the actress shaved her head and worked a lot to develop the necessary accent. Audiences were delighted with the film. By the way, in an interview, Natalie declared her desire to return to the screen as Evey, someone who fights against a dictatorship. Evidently, if the producers decide to make a sequel to the story.
However, it was the role in the thriller Black Swan, released in 2010, which earned Natalie Portman the much-desired Oscar. By creating the image of Nina Sayers, a girl obsessed with shining in her profession, Natalie showed how the artist feels when she reaches perfection.
In 2003, the film Monster: Desire Killer was released. To play the protagonist, Charlize Theron completely changed her appearance: she gained 14 kilos, shaved her eyebrows and used dental prostheses. Her performance received high praise, and critics highlighted the actress’s ability to convey emotions with just her gaze and gestures.
Charlize was very upset every time the tabloids wrote about her visual transformation instead of analyzing her performance. However, she proved to be a professional and not just a beauty when she won the Oscar for Best Actress for this role.
One of Charlize’s best work was in Mad Max: Fury Road. Her character, Furiosa, is a fearless warrior who risks her life to save others. According to publications of specialized magazines, her performance attracted all the attention of the spectator, leaving the character of Tom Hardy in the background.
We talked about actresses in the article and now we want to know which actor, in your opinion, manages to be equally fantastic, both playing good guys and villains? Tell us in the comments!
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