For some actresses breaking into the world of entertainment is tough. It can take years to get even the smallest roles and there is no guarantee that they will ever make it big. The competition in Hollywood is intense, but sometimes just being in the right place at the right time can make a huge difference.
Take Charlize Theron for example. She came to L.A. and struggled to find work, having to rely on her mom to help with her rent. One day she had a loud tantrum in a local bank because they wouldn't cash a cheque for her and that's when she was spotted and picked up by a talent agent.
Emma Watson also had no acting training or experience (apart from school plays) when she auditioned for the role of Hermione in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but she managed to land the part anyway and launch a successful life of movies.
Today we want to know which actresses our readers think are the best. Simply pick or pass on these ladies and at the end, we will try and guess who everyone's favorite is. Ready to see if we can get it right? Then start choosing!
Emma Stone is best known for her roles in movies like Superbad, Zombieland, Crazy. Stupid Love, The Help, and Birdman. The 2010 comedy flick Easy A (her first starring role) really helped put Emma on the map and she earned nominations for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role alongside Ryan Gosling in La La Land and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2017 according to Wikipedia.
Although Sophie Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones (which was also her professional debut) she has also starred in movies such as Thirteenth Tale, Another Me, and Barely Lethal. But it was her role in GoT that earned her international recognition gaining her four nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Supporting Young Actress in a TV Series (IMDb). Fans might also recognize her as the young Jean Grey from the X-Men film series.
Milla Jovovich started her journey in the entertainment world as a model and during her career, she has appeared on more than 100 magazine covers. She's modeled for almost every major fashion house including Banana Republic, Donna Karan, Gap, Versace, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Giorgio Armani, H&M, and Christian Dior. She is also well known for playing the role of Alice in the Resident Evil film series. Her other film credits include The Fifth Element (alongside Bruce Willis), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Zoolander, and Ultraviolet.
Jamie Lee Curtis:
No list of scream queens would be complete without including Jamie Lee Curtis. She is best known for her starring role in the Halloween film series and for other movies such as The Fog and Prom Night. Fans might also recognize her from her role in the 2015/2016 horror-comedy series Scream Queens. Apart from acting Curtis also expresses her creativity through writing and is the author of numerous best-selling children's books including titles such as Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day. (Wikipedia)
Jessica Chastain is best known for playing strong-willed female characters. She developed a love for acting at a young age and used performing acts as a way to cope with the mean treatment she experienced as a child. She has earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, first for her role as an aspiring socialite in The Help in 2011 and then again in 2012 when she played a tough CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty. Her other films credits include Interstellar, The Martian, and Molly's Game.
Kate is an actress who came to the US in the late 1990s after appearing in a few small productions in the U.K. She made appearances in films like The Last Days of Disco and Brokedown Palace before landing starring roles in Pearl Harbour and Serendipity, which helped her make a name for herself. She's best known for her role as Selene in the Underworld film series and has also starred in other action films like Van Helsing and Total Recall.
This actress has enjoyed supporting roles in films such as Shout, Diggstown, Six Degrees of Separation, and Swingers, as well as co-starring roles in Bowfinger and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. From the early 2000s onwards she started landing starring roles appearing in movies like Committed, Say It Isn't So, Mary, Gray Matters, The Hangover and The Hangover Part III. She's also appeared on TV shows like Scrubs, Emily's Reasons Why Not, Californication, and Flaked. Who thinks Heather is a great actress?
Back in 1990, Nicole Kidman made her Hollywood debut when she co-starred alongside Tom Cruise (who would later become her husband) in the film Days of Thunder. She continued to make a name for herself with impressive performances in movies like Far and Away, Batman Forever, and Eyes Wide Shut (again co-starring with Tom Cruise). As an actress, Nicole has appeared in more than 60 movies across various genres, including titles such as The Others, Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, and Cold Mountain.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is best known for her roles in darker thriller films Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, The Thing, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and 10 Cloverfield Lane, making her somewhat of a scream queen. However, she has also appeared in other movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where she played Ramona Flowers. Fans might also remember her from titles such as Smashed, Faults, All About Nina, The Beauty Inside, and The Spectacular Now. Pick or pass on Mary:
Angelina Jolie made her film debut back in 1982 when she appeared in the comedy flick Lookin' to Get Out alongside her father Jon Voight. She rose to fame in the 90s with films like Hackers and Gia and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999 for her role as Lisa in the drama Girl, Interrupted. During her time as an actress, Angelina has appeared in more than 50 films. Who thinks that she is one of Hollywood's most amazing talents?
Chloë Grace Moretz:
Chloë Grace Moretz, now 21, began acting at the tender age of 6, appearing in films like The Amityville Horror, Big Momma's House 2, The Eye, and Wicked Little Things. Her big break came in 2010 when she landed two important roles; firstly as a tough female character in Hit-Girl and then as a child vampire in the flick Let Me In. Fans will be happy to know that she will be voicing Wednesday Addams in the upcoming animated film The Addams Family in 2019.
Amy Adams arrived in Hollywood in the late 90s and soon started landed small roles in films. Her big break came when she picked up a role in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can, where she featured alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as his characters love interest. Her other film credits include Enchanted, Junebug, The Master, and Arrival. Amy also plays the role of Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe.
Anya's roles in flicks like The Witch, Split, Morgan, and Thoroughbreds have earned her somewhat of a reputation as a scream queen. Although she is just 22 years old she's already won a number of awards for her performances including the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, and the Empire Best Female Newcomer Award. She is due to appear in four 2019 movies which are currently in post-production (according to Wikipedia): Glass, The New Mutants, Radioactive, and Here Are the Young Men.
Not only did Natalie Portman's critically acclaimed performance in the 2010 film Black Swan win her the Academy Award for Best Actress but it was also where she met the man she would later marry: Benjamin Millepied. The pair fell in love while filming and were married in 2012. They now have two children together. Other films in Natalie's impressive filmography include Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Closer, and V for Vendetta.
Drew Barrymore started her rise to fame as a child star, hitting it big with performances in movies like Firestarter, Cat's Eye, and, of course, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, where she played Gertie. In the 90s she appeared in movies like Mad Love, Batman Forever, Scream, Never Been Kissed, Ever After, and The Wedding Singer. She played the role of Dylan Sanders in Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and has appeared alongside Adam Sandler in a number of romantic comedy flicks.
Eva Green became well known in the mid-2000s following her performances in Kingdom of Heaven and Casino Royale. In Casino Royale, she played the role of Bond girl Vesper, alongside Daniel Craig. Her performance was well received by both fans and critics and Entertainment Weekly named her the fourth-best Bond girl of all time (Wikipedia). Her other film credits include Womb, Perfect Sense, 300: Rise of an Empire, the Sin City sequel, Dark Shadows, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Lena Headey is best known for her role as Cersei Lannister in the hit TV show Game of Thrones. She has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance on the show and is one of the highest paid TV actors, earning an impressive $2.5 million dollars per an episode (Wikipedia). She's also appeared in movies like 300, Tell-Tale, Dredd, The Jungle Book, Ripley's Game, The Cave, Zipper, and Thumper. Who is a fan of Lena?
Julia Roberts picked up her first Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in the 1989 drama film Steel Magnolias. After a number of actresses turned down the chance to play alongside Richard Gere in the film Pretty Woman (including Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, and Daryl Hannah) Julia took the role which earned her her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress. In 2000 she won for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich.
By the time she was 16 years old, Cameron Diaz was already a successful model working on campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein and Levi's. At the age of 21, despite having no formal acting training or experience she decided to audition for a role in the comedy film The Mask. She won the role, and a chance to appear alongside Jim Carrey who was then at the height of his fame. The film went on to become one of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year. (Wikipedia)
Tilda was offered the chance to play Professor Sybil Trelawney on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but turned the role down due to her dislike of boarding schools. The role then went to Emma Thompson instead (IMDb). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2007 legal thriller Michael Clayton, and her filmography also includes titles such as Vanilla Sky, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Constantine, The Beach, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Burn After Reading.
This Scottish actress is best known for playing the role of Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. She's also appeared in TV shows such as Doctor Who, The Kevin Bishop Show, Doctor Who Confidential and Selfie, and films such as The Big Short, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Alex & the List. She wrote, directed and acted in the 2018 comedy film The Party's Just Beginning.
Bryce Dallas Howard:
Director M. Night Shyamalan gave Bryce Dallas Howard her big break when he cast her into two of his movies, firstly The Village in 2004 and then Lady in the Water in 2006. She is also well known for playing the vampire Veronica in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Claire Dearing in Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Her other film credits include 50/50, The Help, Terminator Salvation, Spider-Man 3, Hereafter, and Gold. Who really enjoys her performances?
Sara began her rise to fame in the early 2000s when she starred in the TV series Darcy's Wild Life and played Sarah Borden in the show Summerland. Her big break came four years later when she landed the role of Mari Collingwood in the remake of The Last House on the Left. Other movies in her filmography include Aquamarine, Return to Halloweentown, Sydney White, Superhero Movie. The Innkeepers, and, most recently, The Front Runner. Pick or pass on Sara Paxton:
Keira's impressive filmography includes movies like Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, The Hole, Atonement, Silk, The Imitation Game, Love Actually, Domino, and Pride & Prejudice. She is also well known for playing the role of Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, alongside Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in Pride & Prejudice and Best Supporting Actress in The Imitation Game.
Bonnie Wright is best known for her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. According to her profile page on IMDb, she tried out for the role because her brother said that she reminded him of the character. It was her debut film role. Since the film series wrapped she has also appeared in other movies such as The Sea, After the Dark, and Before I Sleep. Bonnie is also a screenwriter, director, and a model. Pick or pass on this actress:
This actress is best known for playing the role of Anne Boleyn on the TV series The Tudors and for portraying Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones. For the latter, she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has also been featured in other TV shows such as Elementary, Silk, and The Fades and movies such as Captain America: The First Avenger, The Riot Club, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2. She also starred in the 2016 flick The Forest.
When Emma Watson tried out for the role of Hermione the only previous acting experience that she had was school plays. But she won the role anyway and began her rise to fame. She appeared in all eight of the Harry Potter films, earning herself a cool $60 million and dozens of nominations and awards (Wikipedia). Since then she has appeared in movies such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and This is the End and starred as Belle in the 2017 Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.
Christina Hendricks is best known for her role Joan Holloway on the period drama series Mad Men for portraying Beth Boland in the crime drama series Good Girls. She has also appeared in other TV show such as Firefly, Kevin Hill, Another Period, and Hap and Leonard and movies like Drive, God's Pocket, Lost River, Zoolander 2, Crooked House, The Neon Demon, Fist Fight, and The Strangers: Prey at Night. Hendricks was also a model from the age of 18 until she was 27. (Wikipedia)
Rose received international recognition for playing the role of Ygritte (Jon Snow's love interest) in Game of Thrones. While filming for the show in 2012 she and Kit Harington (the actor who plays Jon Snow) began a relationship and were married in 2018. (Wikipedia) Rose is also well known for her roles in other TV shows such as Downton Abbey, The Great Fire, and The Good Fight. She has also appeared in movies such as Morgan and The Last Witch Hunter.
Billie Lourd is the daughter of acclaimed Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. She also plays the role of Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Her other prominent roles include Chanel #3 in the horror-comedy series Scream Queens and AHS (season seven and eight). She also appeared in the 2018 crime drama Billionaire Boys Club. Who thinks that this actress has just as much talent as her late mom? Go ahead and pick or pass on Billie Lourd:
Ali Larter earned a reputation as a scream queen in the late '90s and early 2000s with appearances in flicks like House on Haunted Hill, Final Destination and Final Destination 2. She is also well known for playing the role of Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Her other film credits include titles such as Legally Blonde, A Lot Like Love, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Crazy, and Obsessed.
This actress is one of the most popular contemporary scream queens thanks to her roles in movies such as The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Joshua, and Orphan. She also starred as Norma Louise Bates the drama-thriller series Bates Motel, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Vera's younger sister Taissa is also an actress who has appeared on shows like AHS and movies like The Final Girls, The Bling Ring, and Higher Ground (which Vera directed). Pick or pass?
According to her profile page on IMDb, Amanda started modeling at the age of eleven and acting in plays at her high school. At the age of 15, she landed her first TV acting roles in the soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children.In 2004 she made her film debut in Mean Girls and since then has appeared in a number of movies including Alpha Dog, Jennifer's Body, Red Riding Hood, In Time, Gone, Les Misérables, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Jennifer Lawrence is best known for her role as heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series. She also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a depressed widow in the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook becoming the second youngest actress to ever walk away with this prestigious award (Wikipedia). She portrayed Mystique in X-Men: First Class, and has also starred in films such as Passengers, Joy, Mother!, and Red Sparrow. Pick or pass on this actress:
Gal Gadot doesn't just play a superheroine on the big screen, she is one in real life too. After being crowned Miss Israel at the age of 18 she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces becoming a combat instructor before embarking on her modeling and focus on film. She plays the role of Wonder Woman in DC Extended Universe films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. Her other film credits include Fast & Furious (2009) and Keeping Up with the Joneses.