Stuck On a Deserted Island: Female Actor Edition
Round 3: Same deal as before, but for female actors.
You’ve been banished to a desert island, never to return. In addition to food and water to survive indefinitely, you’re allowed to take a device to watch TV/film with and the collected works of any single female actor, but no other media.
What film/TV library do you select?
- You can choose an actor who has been in movies, television shows, or both.
- Cameos in television count, but you only get the episodes including such cameos, not the entire series.
- Voice-over for animation roles count (Choose Joan Cusack, and you get to take Toy Story with you).
- Other non-acting roles do not count. For example, the fact that Oprah Winfrey has acted in some movies does not allow you take The Oprah Winfrey Show.
For me, this is a really difficult category, because my preferences in TV & movies are heavily oriented toward SciFi, where I’ve struggled to think of many women who have consistently been featured. If I stick to that genre for my cues, it basically comes down to a choice between Sigourney Weaver and Milla Jovovich. Although Weaver is great as Ripley, it’s just not enough in the end.
Expanding my preferences to SciFi’s sister genre of fantasy allows me to consider Cate Blanchett, given her turns in Lord of the Rings, as well as the upcoming Hobbit films which hopefully won’t suck. I also really like some of her other films, including Bandits for the needed comedy. Still, a vast majority of Blanchett’s films are serious dramas, and I just don’t think I could maintain interest for the long haul.
After considering many others–Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Katherine Hepburn–I finally found the winner:
Next time: Stuck On a Deserted Island: Snack Food Edition