I Like Girls: Five (additional) Girl Crushes
My sister once remarked that it takes a village of imaginary boyfriends to raise one Jane (that’s me). No doubt she was referring to the massive and growing number of imaginary boyfriends that I have – and I must confess that it’s true -there are enough to fill a very small but attractive village. I have a number of imaginary girlfriends as well, ladies who caught my wandering eye and upon whom I bestow covetous and high regard. I wrote about some of my girl crushes once before, but there were several whom I failed to mention – until now! Behold:
I first laid eyes on Parker Posey when I saw her in Party Girl and she charmed the pants right off of me. As Mary, Parker Posey was hilarious and I can say this in earnest, the movie holds up quite well even after 15 years. A very gifted comedic actress, Ms. Posey is a frequent collaborator with Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and has also shown formidable range as a straightforward dramatic player (The House of Yes). I recently watched Broken English (a film that featured one of my imaginary boyfriends as well, Melvil Poupaud) and her performance was subtle, heartbreaking-ly funny and completely relatable. Also, I wanted to steal all of the pretty dresses out of her character’s closet and parade around the house in them. Funny, quick, smart and quite easy on the eyes, Parker Posey is the prototype upon which all of my other girl crushes are based.
For those of you who are fans of Veronica Mars, you will no doubt understand why I love Kristen Bell so. I loved the show dearly and Kristen Bell was so fantastic in it. She played Veronica smart and managed to portray a her as someone who was both hardened by experience and vulnerable at the same time. Ms. Bell’s comedic timing and instincts were huge assets to the show and I imagine are (unfortunately) the reasons why she is currently mired in the genre of Romantic Comedy. I loathe Rom-Coms, but I saw When In Rome and I thought Kristen Bell was great in it (given the weak-sauce material) but my girl deserves far better.
Elizabeth Banks is not only beautiful (oh, hello Loreal contract!) but very funny and smart as well. I first saw her in Seabiscuit – as Marcela Howard, in which her blond hair was dyed dark - and I remember asking myself, “who is this lovely creature who reminds me of Parker Posey?” Since then I have enjoyed watching her in Slither, Heights, The 40 Year Old Virgin as well as her hilarious turn as Avery Jessup on “30 Rock”. Elizabeth Banks has a particular gift for character acting, but her leading-lady good looks should certainly help to garner her more starring roles. I fantasize about having a beer with her and being her new BFF and asking her for make-up tips…she just seems super awesome. For fun, you can follow her on Twitter, here, and you will see what I mean.
I loved Lizzy Caplan in Mean Girls, she was so acerbic and clever and biting…oh, Janis Ian, you are a treasure. I couldn’t believe I was seeing the same girl when I watched her in Cloverfield and I am delighted that Ms. Caplan turned up in two of my favorite shows, ”True Blood” and “Party Down” (which, coincidentally, also stars my imaginary bf – and father to my hilarious, imaginary children – Adam Scott). I like my girls funny, smart and pretty – Lizzy Caplan has all of these traits plus a bag of my favorite chips. She is MAGICAL.
My wife Mélanie Laurent is so gorgeous, I think just looking at her picture might have gotten me pregnant. Embarrassingly, I must confess that I have only seen her in one movie (Inglourious Basterds, I LOVED it) but it was a very good one, if that counts for something. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Ms. Laurent when she appeared onscreen – as Shosanna Dreyfus, she was so breathtaking and compelling. And pretty. Because I love her, it is my sincere intention to try and watch all of her movies, so steadfast is my devotion to Mélanie Laurent. Also, I want to braid her hair and make prank phone calls to boys (“Bonsoir Monsieur Poupard, avez-vous laissé votre fonctionnement de réfrigérateur?”) and have her teach me how to hand-roll cigarettes and then make-out a little bit. Le sigh.
I didn’t even get a chance to mention the Triumvirate of Awesome that is Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig! So many ladies, so little time….who are some of your girl crushes?