Pancake’s Five Girl Crushes
It is always easier for me to express my feelings on matters involving Things I Do Not Like. I come by my cynicism honestly – my people have a long, rich history of complaint and emotional malaise – and all too often it is my knee-jerk crutch. While my crunchy, outer coating is comprised primarily of salty snark, my caramel center is gooey, warm and sweet. I do have my sunnier, more optimistic moments on occasion and truly prefer to embrace the things of which I am fond, so I would like to bookend last weeks’ post with a more positive offering. I present to you a list of actresses that fit neatly into my personal Girl Crush category. For the sake of brevity, I shall only include ladies who are still living, currently working and who might be considered slightly under the radar of mainstream films. Behold:
Emily Blunt – Sigh…I just love her. She is talented, funny and let us not beat around the bush here – this woman is stunning. Emily Blunt is probably best known for her small part in The Devil Wears Prada, a movie that she up and walked off with – and it starred Meryl (Effing) Streep. I have watched her run rings of clever charm around people during interviews and whether or not I like all of her films, I have always enjoyed her cinematic performances in them. Her upcoming film, The Wolfman looks exactly like what you would get if you asked my brain what kind of movie it wanted to see – a darkly beautiful, Victorian-era werewolf horror film starring Emily Blunt in a corset. She is Sweet Fancy Awesome.
Zooey Deschanel - If you work in the Cute Department, you might as well quit your job, no one is as good at Cute as Zooey. I first laid eyes on her in The Good Girl and – aside from a very disturbing scene involving Tim Blake Nelson, Jennifer Aniston and a German Shephard – she is the only thing I remember about that movie. I have watched and enjoyed nearly everything she has touched (particularly her hilarious stint as Kat on Weeds (season 2) and I even own her She & Him album (her voice is timeless and just kills me.) Her recent starring role in (500) Days of Summer was one of my favorite performances of hers to date.
Paz Vega - A woman so gorgeous, I don’t think I could look at her directly without my face melting off. I mean it. I have to come clean here and confess that I have only ever watched one of Paz Vega’s films, and that film was Lucia y el sexo. Paz Vega plays the title character, Lucia, around whom this multi-layered story is centered. The movie definitely wanders into melodramatic territory, but I watch it at least once a year for love of Paz.
Zoe Bell – an easy-on-the-eyes, professional stunt woman from New Zealand – Ms. Bell charmed my pants off during her self-titled role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof in which she performed a terrifying stunt, “Ship’s Mast” atop the hood of a speeding Dodge Challenger. This car chase stunt is one of the scariest things I have ever seen and – owing to Zoe Bell’s charismatic personality – I was completely emotionally invested in her survival. She is a badass and not to be fucked with.
Greta Gerwig – a writer and actress, Greta Gerwig has done some smart, engaging work within the independent, mumblecore film scene. I loved her in Hannah Takes the Stairs (which she co-wrote and starred in) and Baghead, a low-budget horror film. Her performances are low-key, relatable, unpretentious and completely engrossing to me and it doesn’t hurt that she is heart-crushingly cute.
Sadly, I had to cut several, crush-worthy gals from my list (I wanted a list of five and had to make some tough choices…the agony) but feel free to mention your own girl crushes in the comments! See? Warm, gooey and sweet – I love too much…
Bonus Viddy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMSqfINQgus