These days, there are more ways than ever before to meet people. While this may make it seem like it’s easier to find the right person, it may also mean there are so many options that it’s hard to know where to start. Or which person will actually be the best fit in the long-run.
So with endless opportunities out there, it’s never a bad idea to hone in on exactly what someone is looking for in a partner — in other words, “What’s there type?”
Maybe one of the easiest ways to do this is to look at the slew of interesting and talented in women working in Hollywood today. Sure, most people will never actually get to date a celebrity, but that still doesn’t mean we can’t admire them from afar. Or try to find someone in real life that pique’s our interest as much as these beautiful stars.
So let's take a look at some of the most popular women working on the big and small screen today and see which ones make it through the pick or pass test. By the end, there might just be a pattern to someone's attraction that they may never have realized before.
Kristen Bell is probably best known for playing the title character on Veronica Mars, the cult TV series which ran from 2004 to 2007. Though the show was canceled after only three seasons, the character was eventually brought back with a crowdfunded movie, and there are even talks of a revival series that’s currently in the works. Bell has also appeared in such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bad Moms. She’s also provided her voice for the character of Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen (Wikipedia).
Many first took note of Emma Stone when she appeared as one of the love interests in 2007’s Superbad. Of course, her acting career has certainly come a long way since then, as Stone is now both known for her impressive comedic and dramatic performances. Some of her biggest films to date include Zombieland, The Amazing Spider-Man, and La La Land — the latter of which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress of the Year. More recently, she appeared in 2018’s The Favourite (Wikipedia).
Blake Lively rose to prominence thanks to her leading role of Serena van der Woodsen on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl. She appeared in the show for six seasons from 2007 to 2012. During that time, Lively also showed up in a number of popular films. These include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Town, and Green Lantern. The latter of which she starred alongside Ryan Reynolds, and the two would end up being married a year after Green Lantern’s release (Wikipedia).
Alicia Vikander has really caught the public’s attention in the last few years thanks to a number of critical and commercial hits. In 2014, she received praise for her performance as Ava, an extremely lifelike android who appeared in the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. Then, in the following year, she appeared in The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener in a performance that would win her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. More recently, she took on the title role in the reboot of the Lara Croft film series (Wikipedia).
Emilia Clarke's stardom really took off when the English actress landed the role of Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. The show debuted back in 2011, and — despite a number of major character meeting their demises since — Daenerys remains alive and well. Going into the final season of Game of Thrones, the character is even a favorite to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Earlier this year, Clarke also joined the Star Wars series with her performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story (Wikipedia).
Lauren Cohan is probably best known for playing Maggie Greene on the massively popular AMC zombie series, which has been airing since 2010. But many may have forgotten that she appeared in a number of hit TV series before she ever landed the role of Maggie. For instance, Cohan enjoyed recurring roles in both Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries between 2007 and 2012. Earlier this year, Cohan also appeared in the Mark Wahlberg film Mile 22 (Wikipedia). But is she your type?
Rose Byrne is one of those actresses who seems like she pops up in every movie, no matter the genre. For instance, she starred in the series Insidious, popped up in the massively popular comedy Bridesmaids, and is also a part of the X-Men superhero franchise. Yet, for whatever reason, she's often not one of the names that people think of when considering the biggest actors in Hollywood. But maybe the actress prefers it that way, as it better allows her to slide into different characters and genres (Wikipedia).
Anna Kendrick began working professionally as an actress when she was still a young teenager. She worked for years on the stage, including on Broadway, before she eventually made the transition over to movies and TV. Some of her biggest projects include both The Twilight Saga and Pitch Perfect film series as well as the movies 50/50 and End of Watch. In 2009, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air (Wikipedia).
Katee Sackhoff is best known for playing Lieutenant Kara Thrace, also known as Starbuck, on the Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica. She appeared throughout the entire show’s run, earning praise for her performance as the tough-as-nails space pilot. After the series came to an end in 2009, Sackhoff went on to appear in a number of other hit shows, including CSI, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and 24. She’s also enjoyed her fair share of film work thanks to the movies Riddick and Oculus, among others (Wikipedia).
Cobie Smulders first achieved widespread recognition when she appeared as Robin Scherbatsky, one of the main character on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The show ran for nine seasons and over 200 episodes between 2005 and 2014. During that time, Smulders also landed a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill. The character most recently popped up in Avengers: Infinity War, and is already expected to appear in Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (Wikipedia).
Lizzy Caplan’s first job as an actresses came when she appeared in a supporting role in the TV series Freaks and Geeks. Though the show was canceled after only one season, it’s continued to enjoy a cult following, largely thanks to the fact that many of the stars — including Caplan — have gone on to much bigger things. Some of her earlier films include Mean Girls, Cloverfield, and Hot Tub Time Machine. Earlier this year, she appeared in the Netflix release titled Extinction (Wikipedia).
Much like Lizzy Caplan, one of Rachel McAdams’ first big roles came in the film Mean Girls, where she played the story's antagonist, Regina George. That same year she also starred opposite Ryan Gosling in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Notebook, solidifying her as leading material. More recently she appeared in the second season of True Detective, the Best Picture of the Year winner Spotlight, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment Doctor Strange (Wikipedia). But is she your type of actress?
Many first remember taking note of Mila Kunis when she appeared in That ‘70s Show as Jackie Burkhart — a part she secured when she was only 14-years-old. The show ran for eight seasons and exactly 200 episodes and secured many of the stars as leading material. After the show ended, Kunis immediately began to star in some popular movies, including the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the psychological thriller Black Swan. Kunis also continues to voice the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy (Wikipedia).
Brie Larson is about to reach a whole new level of stardom when she debuts as Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of her own solo movie, the character is already slated to appear in Avengers: Endgame, both of which are out next year. That being said, Larson has already had an extremely impressive run on the big screen. This includes her work in such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Kong: Skull Island, and Room — the latter of which earned her an Oscar (Wikipedia).
Kerry Washington really skyrocketed to stardom when she landed the leading role of Olivia Pope on the ABC series about a PR firm. The show ran for seven seasons between 2012 and 2018, and the performance earned Washington a number of Emmy nominations. She also starred in a number of films, including Ray, The Last King of Scotland, and Django Unchained. In 2017, she provided her voice to the character of Natalie Certain in Cars 3 (Wikipedia). But is Washington your type of actress?
Of course, most people know Emma Watson thanks to her role as Hermione Granger in the very popular Harry Potter film series. She appeared in all eight films over the course of ten years. Thankfully, she survived the series and has enjoyed much success in diverse roles ever since. Some of these projects include the teen drama film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the comedy This is the End. Last year, she appeared as Bell in the live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time (Wikipedia).
Jessica Alba began working professionally in Hollywood when she was only a teenager. Some of her earlier projects include the adventure comedy Camp Nowhere, as well as the TV series Dark Angel. In the 2000s, she began to achieve widespread notoriety thanks to her performances in the Fantastic Four film series as well as comedies such as Good Luck Chuck and Little Fockers. Alba is also a philanthropist and a successful businesswoman, working as a co-founder of The Honest Company (Wikipedia).
Alexandra Daddario rose to stardom thanks to her role as Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series. She is largely known for her comedic work, showing up in movies such as Baywatch and Hall Pass, as well as the sitcoms New Girl and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That being said, she also appeared in some gritty projects as well, including the HBO cop series True Detective and the film Texas Chainsaw 3D. This year alone, Daddario has appeared in four feature films (Wikipedia).
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was largely known for appearing in horror projects throughout the 2000s, these included the TV series Wolf Lake as well as the movies Monster Island, Final Destination 3, and Black Christmas. In more recent years, she’s branched out into more diverse films, such as Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Spectacular Now, and Swiss Army Man. In 2016, Winstead played the lead in the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. On top of acting, she also enjoys work as a singer (Wikipedia).
Aubrey Plaza first caught the eye of many thanks to her role as the snarky and apathetic April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. She appeared on the show for seven seasons between 2009 and 2015, during which Plaza also began a successful career in movies. Some of her bigger projects include Safety Not Guaranteed, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and last year’s Ingrid Goes West. Plaza also returned to TV to play the character of Lenny Busker on Legion (Wikipedia).
In 2004, Amber Heard appeared in the sports drama film Friday Night Lights, which was based on the true story of a high school football team in Texas. She enjoyed smaller parts in a number of movies afterward before going on to land leading roles in movies such as The Ward and The Rum Diary. In 2015, she starred in the critically-acclaimed movie The Danish Girl before going on to land the part of Mera in DC's shared cinematic universe. She will reprise the role in the upcoming Aquaman (Wikipedia).
Of course, Kristen Stewart rose to prominence thanks to The Twilight Saga, where she played the leading character of Bella Swan. At the same time the blockbuster series was going on, Stewart branched out into smaller, more independent projects, including movies such as Adventureland, The Runaways, and Still Alice. This year, she appeared as Bridget Sullivan in the biographical thriller Lizzie, where she appeared opposite Chloe Sevigny - who played the title character of Lizzie Borden (Wikipedia). But is Stewart your type?
Many first remember taking note of Amanda Seyfried when she played Karen Smith, a member of the Plastics in the cult comedy Mean Girls. But the actress has enjoyed an abundance of diverse work since then. She’s appeared in romance movies with the 2010 film Dear John, horror movies with Jennifer’s Body, as well as gotten to show off her musical talents in Les Miserables as well as the Mamma Mia! film series. Earlier this year she appeared in the crime comedy Gringo (Wikipedia).
From 2007 to 2015, January Jones portrayed Betty Draper on the critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. The show won numerous awards during its run and has shown up on many best of all-time lists since. Immediately after the show wrapped up, Jones appeared in a wildly different series with the Fox sitcom The Last Man on Earth, where she portrays Melissa Chartres. The actress has also been a part of the X-Men film franchise, popping up in 2011’s First Class (Wikipedia).
Emmy Rossum is best known for playing Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime series Shameless. The comedy/drama series has been running from 2011 to the present, where it has enjoyed its fair share of critical acclaim along with a passionate fanbase. But prior to the show’s debut, Rossum had already enjoyed work on a number of films, including 2003’s Mystic River and 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera. On top of being an actress, Rossum also enjoys work as a singer-songwriter (Wikipedia).
Rashida Jones first appeared in The Office during the third season of the show. Jones played Karen Filippelli, the love interest of Jim Halpert, who transfers from Stanford to the Scranton office. While she continued to pop up in The Office sporadically after the third season, Jones went on to enjoy a much bigger part in the fellow NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation where she played Ann Perkins. Some of her films to date including I Love You, Man, the Social Network, and Our Idiot Brother (Wikipedia).
From 2006 to 2010, Hayden Panettiere played the character of Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes. The popular sci-fi series earned Panettiere widespread recognition, as well as critical acclaim. After the series wrapped up, the actress went on to star in another one, this time with ABC/ CMT musical series Nashville where Panettiere also got to show off her musical talents, earning her the praise of critics once again. Some of her movies include I Love You, Beth Cooper and Scream 4 (Wikipedia).
Elizabeth Banks has appeared in her fair share of successful film series. These include The Hunger Games movies, where she played Effie Trinket, the Pitch Perfect film series, where she played Gail Abernathy-McKadden, as well as the original Spider-Man trilogy. Banks is largely known for her comedic performances, which include the films Role Model, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, as well as The Lego Movie. More recently, Banks has branched out into directing work as well. She is one of the highest-grossing actresses of all time (Wikipedia).
Sophie Turner first achieved widespread recognition thanks to her role as Sansa Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. She debuted on the show back in 2011 and is set to reprise her role in the upcoming and final season, which will be out in 2019. During that time, Turner has also secured a part in the X-Men franchise, where she plays the mutant Jean Grey. She will reprise the part in Dark Phoenix, which will be out next year (Wikipedia).
Gabrielle Union first rose to prominence after appear in a number of teen comedies throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s. These include She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Bring It On. Since 2013, she’s appeared as the title character in the BET series Being Mary Jane, which has currently run for five seasons and over 50 episodes. This year, Union also appeared in the feature films The Public and Breaking In, the latter of which she also worked on as a producer (Wikipedia).
Throughout the 2000s, Morena Baccarin starred in a string of science fiction television series. These include the cult hit Firefly, Stargate SG-1, and V. The actress has achieved a new level of fame in recent years thanks to the Deadpool film series, where she plays Vanessa, the love interest of the title character. Baccarin has also earned critical acclaim for her role on the Showtime series Homeland, which earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress a few years back (Wikipedia).
Many first took note of Evangeline Lilly when she appeared as Kate Austen on Lost. The sci-fi drama series ran for six seasons on ABC, where it became one of the most talked about TV shows on the air at the time. Since then, Lilly has enjoyed a successful career in movies, showing up in both The Hobbit trilogy as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She most recently reprised her role as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which came out earlier this year and she is already set to appear in Avengers: Endgame (Wikipedia).
Ever since appearing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie’s stardom has really taken off. Now, it seems as though she continuously pops up in the biggest and most critically-acclaimed movies of the year, including Focus, The Legend of Tarzan, and I, Tonya — the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She also continues to play Harley Quinn in the DC shared universe (Wikipedia). But is Robbie your type of actress?
Since 2006, Michelle Monaghan has enjoyed a recurring role in the Mission: Impossible film series, where she plays Julia Meade, the love interest of series protagonist Ethan Hunt. Some of Monaghan’s other films include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Eagle Eye, Source Code, and 2016’s Patriots Day. The actress received particular praise for her performance in the first season of the HBO crime drama True Detective, where she was nominated for a Golden Globe award. She currently portrays Sarah Lane on the drama series The Path (Wikipedia).
Natalie Portman has been working professional as an actress for most of her life. Some of her earlier films include Leon: The Professional as well as the Star Wars series, where she played Padme Amidala. She’s since gone on to become one of the most critically-acclaimed actresses of her generation, earning awards and nomination for her performances in the films Closer, Black Swan, and Jackie, just to name a few. Earlier this year, she appeared in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation (Wikipedia).
Alexandra Breckenridge currently portrays Sophia on the massively successful NBC drama series This Is Us. But you may have recognized her from a number of other popular shows as well, including a few seasons of FX’s AHS, as well as the massively popular AMC zombie series. Some of her biggest films include Big Fat Liar, Rings, She’s the Man, and The Bridge to Nowhere. You may have also heard her voice in the Fox sitcom Family Guy (Wikipedia). Talk about versatile!
Of course, most know Jenna Fischer thanks to her role as Pam Beesly on the NBC sitcom The Office. The actresses portrayed Pam for nine seasons of the show, and her relationship with co-worker and later husband Jim Halpert served as the major love story throughout the show’s entire run. She since popped up in a number of films, including Blades of Glory and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Currently, she plays one of the two leads on the sitcom Splitting Up Together (Wikipedia).
Alyson Hannigan has starred in her fair share of popular show and movie series. These include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which first brought the actresses widespread recognition thanks to her role as Willow Rosenberg. From 2005 to 2014, she appeared as Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. You may have also seen her up on the big screen playing Michelle Flaherty opposite Jason Biggs.
For one season, Linda Cardellini played the lead character of Lindsey Weir on the comedy/ drama series Freaks and Geeks. While the show was canceled after only one season, it earned critical praise as well as a cult following which has kept the show popular nearly two decades after it debuted. She’s also appeared in the series ER, Bloodline, Boy Meets World, and Mad Men. Some of her film work includes the live-action Scooby-Doo series as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Wikipedia).
Naomie Harris holds the distinct honor of playing a Bond girl in the James Bond film series, where she’s portrayed Eve Moneypenny in both Skyfall and Spectre. She also appeared in another massively popular film series with The Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, where she was nearly unrecognizable as Tia Dalma, a voodoo witch. In 2016, Harris appeared in Moonlight, which went on to win Best Picture of the Year while also earning the actresses critical recognition of her own (Wikipedia).