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There are great actresses, like Cate Blanchett, there are good actresses like Ellen Page, and there are terrible actresses, like the ones you're about to read about. In all aspects, these are the actresses who always either act exactly the same, or don't have any real talent when it comes to being on the screen.
We will be concentrating on women who have acting as their primary job, so Paris Hilton will not be on this list. People who will be on this list though are those who are constantly just doing terribly at film, or those who have done a run of bad films.
Acting is tough to do properly. Many actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, and Scarlett Johansson have mastered the art of good to great acting. Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Olson are others who are notable for being pretty damn good at their jobs. What we are going to go through today are the ten actresses who are famous for being absolutely terrible at their jobs to the point where I really don't know why they bother if everything they do is pretty awful.
Before anyone asks for my credentials, yes I did do acting training for more than six years, and I have also taught Shakespearean acting in my time. So please, I'm not asking you to take my word entirely–I am however asking you not to give me insult.
Before we start, I want to make sure we are all aware that this is a list of actresses, so that's only women. There may be a list for men soon, but for now it's just women. Oh, and don't worry–I have a list of best actresses on the way (that's if I can fit it into ten).
So, let us begin–here are my top ten worst actresses of all time.
10. Hilary Duff
Now before you say I'm hating on Hilary Duff, that is not the case at all. In all aspects, I really like Hilary Duff as a person–she seems very genuine and she also seems like a very nice, like-able human being. That doesn't go for her acting talent though. Ever since starring in the TV Show I practically grew up with, Lizzie McGuire, Duff's career has been a complete miss. She peaked with the teen-drama, and has since done D-List films most recently as The Haunting of Sharon Tate–which has appeared on Netflix. Now, even though she's a sweetheart, and a lovable human being–her lack of actual acting talent, and her inability to actually give proper, genuine expression to roles has got her into this mess.
9. Kate Hudson
Apparently, being the daughter of an actual good actress doesn't give you good acting genes. Kate Hudson is the prime example of this. Again, I don't dislike Kate Hudson at all–as with Hilary Duff, she seems like a perfectly nice human being. But, her run of film roles does not suggest that her acting talent is anywhere there at all. With her best known role being in the film Almost Famous, Hudson hasn't really given herself a big break, she has never really done anything exciting or different, and constantly shoehorns herself into American-Girl roles. This is possibly the reason why not many people really watch her movies anymore.
8. Felicity Jones
No matter how much of a lovely human being Felicity Jones may seem, she is basically the epitome of boredom when it comes to screen appearances. In the Star Wars film, Rogue One, Jones plays the primary heroine "Erso." Though the film itself was fairly good, Jones' acting as the main character was bland, not very exciting, and she maintained a very similar facial expression for nearly the entire film. This not only made the character bland to watch, it made the film less exciting. Her role as Jane in The Theory of Everything was pretty similar. Her acting is very bland, and has not gotten her very far in moving away from typical British Girl roles. Though, that being said–her reading of TS Eliot's The Wasteland with Eddie Redmayne is the most emotion I've ever seen from her.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
Though she may seem like an all right human being, Sarah Jessica Parker's acting talent has shoehorned her. No matter what this woman does, she will only be known for playing the dumb American-Girl character. If we take a look at her filmography at a glance, Did you hear about the Morgans? was a commercial flop compared to others of that year by other actresses, and her role in Ed Wood was so inefficient that if you replaced her with someone else, it wouldn't have made a difference. The point is, she fails to make an impact on screen. Be that as it may, her perfume line is very nice.
6. Heather Graham
The vast majority of films that star Heather Graham are the films you know will be bad. Ever since Boogie Nights, her career has been pretty downhill. I'm no way suggesting that the film ruined her career–but it definitely didn't do it any favours. I think I'm quite glad this lady has never been taken seriously as an actress, because she really is bland to watch. Her expressions are pretty similar in every film, and she's not an "out-of-the-box" sort of actress either. She works within the same sphere with roughly the same method in every film, and it's very apparent on screen.
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar may be a nice enough lady, and a brilliant Buffy, but like Hilary Duff, ever since her All-American-Vampire-Slayer role, her career has been pretty dead with roles that are almost insulting. Her filmography is very weak, and it is very apparent that she has been riding the fame of Buffy ever since she starred in it. The problem with this is that the people who didn't watch Buffy would just think of her as a bad actress, and in my opinion, she really hasn't done enough to keep herself afloat.
4. Lucy Boynton
Born into a lot of money with clearly no acting training, Boynton expresses no actual expression on screen, making the majority of her performances shallow and meaningless. The problem is that from an acting POV, you can definitely tell she doesn't know what she's doing. I mean this to say that her roles are very much overacted. In Murder on the Orient Express, I would personally have replaced her with Kiera Knightley, as Kiera is a better actress, and would've done that role with talent and vigour–instead of the boring, see-through performance Boynton gave. Her acting in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Sing Street show that she really doesn't know how to actually act with her performances being hollow, and just Boynton overdoing the roles to the point it was cheesy. This is clearly the "rich girl who wants to play make-believe" complex that Paris Hilton had when she made House of Wax.
3. Milla Jovovich
Action hero, horror queen, Milla Jovovich has made her name doing incredible amounts of acting–unfortunately none of which has actually been that fruitful. A lovely, beautiful, and stunning woman, but not an actress with any real range–Jovovich has stuck to her guns so much that she's become the character from Resident Evil in all her roles. Her range really isn't there, and as much as I really do like her, the acting talent really doesn't exist, and she is very replaceable in the vast majority of her roles.
2. Amber Heard
Not many people can outdo Lucy Boynton's boring, and shallow typical Blonde Girl performances except for Amber Heard. Let me ask you a question: who do you remember from The Danish Girl? Who do you remember from Aquaman? None of the answers would be Amber Heard, even though she was in both of them. Her performances are relatively the same in every single film, with clearly the same method being used for every performance, and her acting is normally very bland, and almost annoying. She doesn't have range, or talent or style in her acting–so tell me, what is she doing there?
1. Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish has made her name literally from being an awful actress and acting to a "type" of person. Her roles are all pretty much the same, and there's no real acting involved, since, in interviews and on the red carpet, Haddish seems to be the exact same person she portrays on the screen. Boring and two dimensional, her performances lack movement, and aren't something you'd remember after watching them. Her filmography is weak in range, and doesn't offer comparison to other actresses in the same genres and fields as her own. Tiffany Haddish really does have only one type of acting style, and isn't even very good at that.