GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD…
From TV Angels to Movie ‘Mares:
So there seems to be a trend happening right now. Those actresses, you know the ones…the girls with the long, groomed hair, teenage dimples and the innocent smile, the ones who play Daddy’s little girl in the TV sitcom; they’re rebelling.
Maybe they’re sick of playing the good girl and want to show a bit of range. A bit of arrrgh rather than angst. Or maybe they just want to experience the relatively unregulated world of the movie set rather than the safety of television’s scheduled workday.
Who knows? It’s been happening for a while though and it seems to be getting more and more common. Don’t believe me? Fine, then just check out these five examples…
1. Ariel Winter (15)- known mostly for playing the smart/droll younger sister in Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd’s Modern Family, this actress went all out in the transition and took a small but pivotal role in Richard Bates Jr’s low budget horror flick Excision. She may not be the main character in the disturbing flick (which is very well played by AnnaLynne McCord of 90210 fame) but she does provide the meat for a shock ending. It’s definitely worth a look.
2. Jane Levy (23)- aka star of Suburgatory, the comic tv tale of a teenage girl moving from the city to the suburbs. Granted the actress might be a little older than some of the others mentioned here but her move from put-upon daughter on tv to manically-possessed vomit wielding/mouth biting drug addict in Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead reboot would make just about anyone’s head spin.
3. Molly C. Quinn (20)- or Nathan Fillion’s super intelligent, red-haired daughter in the ABC comedy drama Castle. True she may get her fair share of dramatic scenes in the show including being kidnapped in season 5 but as smart as she is, she’s not one to buck a trend. Coming up next year she has a movie called The Puritans already in the can, a dark tale where she gets to see the more nightmarish side of life in its raw, uncivilised form. At this stage we can’t say if it’s any good but the intention is obviously there so that’s good enough for us.
4. Madeline Zima (27)- and trust me, you’d know the oldest actress on our list if you saw her. She popped up in Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy and The Nanny as well as playing a selection of other roles in well known shows on tv. However, what she’s probably best known for is inhabiting the controversial role of Mia, Bill’s doe eyed (if a little promiscuous!) daughter in Californication. An actress with a varied career then? Undoubtedly. But not varied enough it would seem. Because this actress went straight into the horror biz with a turn in the 2009 home invasion film The Collector, and spent her days hanging out on a set containing grisly improvised human traps rather than beige middle class home furnishings.
And finally we have…
5. Mae Whitman (24)- or that girl who played Ann Veal in Arrested Development; George Michael’s kind of bland occasional girlfriend. And yes she’s also known for being one of the seven evil exes in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim movie, hands up to that one but what’s interesting in this case is her involvement in The Factory two years later. In this dark crime thriller starring John Cusack, Whitman becomes the target of a serial killer and disappears off the mean streets of Buffalo, N.Y leaving her father behind- a man who only has his wits to rely on when finding her. So not only does she get to play the good girl on tv, in this particular instance, she even takes the role with her straight into the horror movie world.