Ah, Hollywood. It's the land of glitz and glamour, where the A-listers strut around in the spotlight, more often than not followed by a convoy of snap-happy paparazzi and blushing fans. Los Angeles' entertainment industry is infamous all over the globe, and we can thank its starlets for playing a major role in making the industry what it has become today. The Tinseltown actresses continue to take the world by storm, both on the screen and off it, and we as audiences simply can't help but stare in awe and amazement.
From well-established, modern Oscar-winners such as Emma Stone and Cate Blanchett, all the way back to the glory days of Audrey Hepburn and Joan Crawford, Hollywood's starlets have always found a way to shine, and they will continue to do so for years to come.
So, if you're in the market for a new partner, perhaps one that can sing a little, dance a little, and put on a great accent (we're looking at you for that trait, Meryl Streep), then you've come to the right place.
Let's get stuck into this quiz, and by the end of it, you'll have a stunning new Hollywood starlet who your parents would be seriously thrilled to welcome to their usually-underwhelming dinner parties. Maybe this can be an excuse to whip out the expensive cutlery!
According to IMDB, the Oscar-winning Natalie Portman “was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a [direction] in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue... acting. She was featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut in the movie Léon: The Professional (1994) (aka "Léon"). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).” Her awards for Best Actress (both an Oscar and a Golden Globe) were thanks to her performance in Black Swan (2010).
This starlet was born in the Big Apple, New York City. As told by IMDB, “Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother started taking her to auditions. She made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of "Sophistry" with Ethan Hawke, at New York's Playwrights Horizons. She would audition for commercials but took rejection so hard her mother began limiting her to film tryouts. She made her film debut at the age of nine, as John Ritter's character's daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994).”
Jennifer Lawrence as a blonde
Jennifer Lawrence catapulted herself into stardom and that's where she stayed. Her success in unquestionable, which IMDB elaborates on: "Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar". The main question here is, however, what do we think of The Hunger Games star as a blonde?
Jennifer Lawrence as a brunette
So we've either picked or pass on Jennifer as a blonde, but now it's time to decide what we think of her with her natural color. According to IMDB, "Her big break came when she played Ree in Winter's Bone (2010), which landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in franchise reboot X-Men: First Class (2011), which went on to be a hit in Summer 2011. Around this time, Lawrence scored the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of literary sensation The Hunger Games (2012). The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever with over $407 million at the domestic box office, and instantly propelled Lawrence to the A-list among young actors/actresses."
The Oscar-winning actress, originally from Arizona, is well and truly one of Hollywood’s most well-known starlets. As the story goes, when she was just a teenager at 15, Emma “made a PowerPoint presentation, backed by Madonna's "Hollywood" and itself entitled "Project Hollywood", in an attempt to persuade her parents to allow her to drop out of school and move to Los Angeles. The pitch was successful and she and her mother moved to LA with her schooling completed at home while she spent her days auditioning.” (IMDB)
Gal Gadot truly established a name for herself when she was cast as Wonder Woman. Prior to that, as MIDB explains, “Gal began modeling in the late 2000s, and made her film debut in the fourth film of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast & Furious (2009), as Gisele. Her role was expanded in the sequels Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013)... In the films, Gal performed her own stunts. She also appeared in the 2010 films Date Night (2010) and Knight and Day (2010). “
This actress is from Australia, right? Well, sort of. Apparently, “Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her parents were there on educational visas.” IMDB continues; “She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and television offers, including a lead in BMX Bandits (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned-protester in the miniseries Vietnam (1987) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award).”
According to IMDB, “Megan began her training in drama and dance at age 5 and, at age 10, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she continued her training and finished school. Megan began acting and modeling at age 13.” “Her best known roles are as Sam Witwicky's love interest Mikaela Banes in the first two installments of the Transformers series, Transformers (2007) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and as April O'Neil in the film reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).”
Margot Robbie as herself
Robbie comes all the way from sunny Queensland, in the land Down Under. As told by IMDB, "Robbie rose to fame co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, portraying the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). She was nominated for a Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award, and numerous other awards. In 2014, Robbie founded her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. She also appeared in the WWII romantic-drama film, Suite Française (2014). She starred in Focus (2015) and Z for Zachariah (2015), and made a cameo in The Big Short (2015)."
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
If regular Margot Robbie was a little too tame, then we've gone full circle with the introduction of her version of Harley Quinn. You can guarantee that life certainly wouldn't be boring if this, let's call her 'colorful' person featured in your daily life. In the comics, according to Wikipedia, "Her hair color is now blonde with blue dip dye on the left side and pink dip dye on the right, and she sports two new outfits. One outfit consists of tight, blue and red shorts, ripped tee shirt, satin jacket, fingerless gloves, fishnet stockings, studded belt and lace-up boots, much like Margot Robbie's depiction of the character in the 2016"
“A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures' comedy Camp Nowhere (1994)” (IMDB). She also branched out into the TV realm in 1994. This popular Hollywood starlet graduated high school at 16, loves to play gold and has two pugs, Nancy and Sid. Plus, according to IMDB, she also loves to cook - her “specialty is chicken enchiladas and homemade tortillas.”
Originally from up north in Canada, Rachel McAdams has amassed 36 film and TV credits as an actress. As told by IMDB, “Her breakout role as Regina George in the hit comedy Mean Girls (2004) instantly catapulted her onto the short list of Hollywood's [best] young actresses. She followed that film with a star turn opposite Ryan Gosling in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller The Notebook (2004), which was a surprise box office success and became the predominant romantic drama for a new, young generation of moviegoers. After filming, McAdams and Gosling… dated through mid-2007."
This Hollywood starlet comes from much further than most, growing up in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. As told by IMDB, “Although she is mostly known for playing Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show (1998), she has shown the world that she can do so much more. Since 1999, she provided the voice of self-conscious daughter Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy (1999). Her breakthrough film was Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), in which she played a free-spirited character named Rachel Jansen. She has since starred or co-starred in the films Max Payne (2008), The Book of Eli (2010), Black Swan (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Ted (2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).”
Mila Kunis (but Ashton Kutcher comes along too)
Okay, so we’ve talked a little bit about Mila Kunis already, and if you confidently said you’d pick her, then we’re going to throw a spanner in the works. it’s almost common knowledge that she’s hitched with Ashton Kutcher. So, let’s have a little think about these relationship dynamics. Assuming that we said yes to Mila on her own, does the fact that Ashton is now part of the package sweeten the deal or make things a little too complicated? Who would be the third wheel in this situation? Or perhaps it’s a case of ‘two celebs are better than one’.
Eva Green came to Hollywood all the way from Paris, France. She got her big break in 2005, when “she co-starred, opposite Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson, in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), produced and directed by Ridley Scott. The film brought her a wider international exposure. She turned down the femme fatale role in The Black Dahlia (2006), that went to Hilary Swank, because she didn't want to end up typecast as a femme fatale after her role in "The Dreamers". Instead, Eva accepted the prestigious role of "Vesper Lynd", one of three Bond girls, opposite Daniel Craig, in Casino Royale (2006) and became the 5th actress [from France] to play a James Bond girl” - IMDB.
Chloe is a starlet full of wifey potential. She loves comedy movies, and accoring to IMDB, a plethora of sports including football, hockey and basketball. As for her on-screen journey, “Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian (2001). Her first movie role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder (2005), a story about a family that opened the first video rental store in 1980. This was followed by a small role in Family Plan (2005) as Young Charlie. After that, however, came Chloe's biggest role, and the one that made her famous: The Amityville Horror (2005)” - IMDB
As told by IMDB, “At an early age, she appeared in several short films to gain experience. She played the role of Talia Alden in She's a Fox (2009), which received several awards. Her debut in a feature film for theater was True Grit (2010). She played a major role, Mattie Ross, with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. She got big attention for her performance in this movie, and she was nominated for the 'Best Supporting Actress' Academy Award”. Steinfeld then went on to star in Romeo and Juliet (2013), Ender’s Game (2013), and Barely Lethal (2015), among others.
Like many actors and actresses, Jessica Biel began her journey on the stage. As told by IMDB, "As a child, Jessica initially pursued a career as a vocalist, performing in musical theater. Beginning at age nine, she starred in such productions as "Annie," "The Sound of Music," and "Beauty and the Beast." A natural beauty, Jessica soon turned to modeling and commercial work by competing in The International Modeling and Talent Association's Annual Conference in 1994." Jessica is currently married to Justin Timberlake.
Emma Watson, to the surprise of many, was actually born in Paris, France. Obviously, Emma's big break came as her role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. As IMDB explains, "Casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher. After eight consistent auditions, producer David Heyman told Emma and fellow applicants, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, that they had been cast for the roles of the three leads, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. The release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) was Emma's cinematic screen debut. "
Born in New York City but raised in London, Sienna Miller has amassed 41 on-screen credits. "when she turned 18, and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Following this, she traveled, modeled, did theater and took small roles in films. She landed a role as a model in a BBC sitcom, Bedtime (2001). Her breakout film role was as Daniel Craig's love interest in Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake (2004). Sienna's film credits include Alfie (2004) (Susan Sarandon, Jude Law), Casanova (2005) (Heath Ledger), Factory Girl (2006) (Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce) and Interview (2007) (Steve Buscemi)." - IMDB
Anne Hathaway (with short hair)
Very rarely are audiences given the opportunity to witness an actress shave her head on the big screen without any special effects. Well, that's exactly what Anne Hathaway did during the production of Les Miserables (2012, for which she ended up winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. According to IMDB, she "Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical", hers being for Les Miserables, of course. So, what do with think of the short hair?
Anne Hathaway (with long hair)
When we think of Anne Hathaway, we're probably picturing her before she cut her hair, like in the picture above. According to IMDB, "Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real (1999). She gained widespread recognition for her roles in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its 2004 sequel as a girl who discovers she is a member of royalty, opposite Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo. She also had a notable role in Nicholas Nickleby (2002) opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell, and a starring role in Ella Enchanted (2004)."
On TV, as told by IMDB, "Wilde is known for her roles as Alex Kelly in The O.C. (2003) from 2004-2005 and Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in the medical-drama television series, House (2004) when she joined the cast in 2007 and appeared on the show until the series end in 2012." As for the big screen, "Wilde is known for her roles in Year One (2009), TRON: Legacy (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), In Time (2011), People Like Us (2012), Her (2013), Rush (2013), Drinking Buddies (2013), The Longest Week (2014), Love the Coopers (2015), and Meadowland (2015)."
Stewart's "first significant role came when she was cast as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects (2001). Soon after that, she starred alongside Jodie Foster in the hit drama, Panic Room (2002) and was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Praised for her Panic Room performance, she went on to join the cast of Cold Creek Manor (2003)", as told by IMDB. Thereafter, at just the age of 17, Stewart took on the role of Bella in Twilight, and the rest is history.
Kristen Stewart as a blonde
Oh hey Kristen, have you done something to your hair? You look different! Well yes she has, and we've got to decide if we like her with the short blonde look or not. Apart from her Twilight roles, "Stewart starred in several other movies filmed between the Twilight Saga installments including the #1 summer box office hit, Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and the Cannes selection On the Road (2012)", as told by IMDB. She, apparently, also did most of her own stunts in Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman.
The talented Amanda Seyfried "began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons. She landed a recurring role in the long-running soap opera As the World Turns (1956) when she was just age 15. More soap work followed as she completed her schooling and had already secured a place at Fordham University when she was offered a role in the Tina Fey-penned teen comedy Mean Girls (2004). She deferred her university education to complete the film. More television work followed, raising her profile across America, while her appearances in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011) helped establish her international fame." (IMDB)
No, Ryan Reynolds is not included in this deal, unfortunately. As told by IMDB, "Her first role was Trixie, the Tooth Fairy in the musical movie Sandman (1998), directed by her father. Her big break came along a few years later, though. Blake was [about] to finish high school when she got the co-starring role of Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)." Apparently, she was so perfect for the role, that she wasn't even required to audition for it.
While Cara is arguable more model than actress, she still boats 20 credits for her work in both TV and film. According to IMDB, "Delevigne is a fashion model, and the face of Burberry's Beauty campaign. She was previously the face of Burberry's spring/summer 2012 campaign and spring/summer 2011 campaign. She has been featured in advertising campaigns for other brands including H&M, Zara and Chanel." On the big screen, however, she has appeared in films such as Tulip Fever (2017), Pan (2015), and Kids in Loves (2016), among others.
Apparently, Keira actually didn't have any formal acting training, but that certainly didn't stop her from making her mark on the industry. As told by IMDB, "The first time Keira's name was mentioned around the world was when it was revealed (in a plot twist kept secret by director George Lucas) that she played Natalie Portman's decoy "Padme" to Portman's "Amidala" in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). It was several years before agreement was reached over which scenes featured Keira as the queen and which featured Natalie!"
Saldana recently starred in Avengers as Gamora, as well as the same character in both of the Guardians of the Galaxy films. She's amassed 58 credits over her journey and doesn't look like she is slowing down any time soon. As retold by IMDB, "According to many of her co-stars, producers and directors, the sky is no limit for this young star who has incredible range, intense concentration, and a steely determination to be involved with projects that challenge her professionally with wide-ranging subject matters and characters"
Selena Gomez is one of the most well-known names of the younger generation of Hollywood starlets. While known primarily for her music, Gomez has also dabbled in film. As told by IMDB, "Her first acting role was as "Gianna" in the popular 90's children's television show Barney & Friends (1992), alongside Demi Lovato from 2002-2004. Gomez also had roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005), and House Broken (2006)." So, do we pick or pass with Selena?
Emilia is probably best known for her role in Game of Thrones. As explained by IMDB, "In 2010, after graduating from the Chang-Ren Nian, Emilia got her first film role in the television movie Triassic Attack (2010). In 2011, her breakthrough role came in when she replaced fellow newcomer Tamzin Merchant on Game of Thrones (2011) after the filming of the initial pilot. Emilia won the 2011 EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Daenerys Targaryen."
Bilson is originally from Los Angeles, so it didn't take much for her to get her foot into the industry. As told by IMDB, "She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out after a year and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting by her father, himself a writer, director and producer". Apparently she also likes to collect old-school sneakers and is a huge fan of basketball and the Los Angeles Lakers. So, pick or pass?
As far as Zoey's film journey goes, "She starred in Everybody Wants Some (2016), Before I Fall (2017), Why Him? (2016), Flower (2017) and Set It Up (2018). She recently wrapped production on Buffaloed (2109) which she produced as well. She can also be seen in Beautiful Creatures (2013), Vampire Academy (2014), Rebel In The Rye (2017), and The Year of Spectacular Men (2017) which she produced as well." (IMDB). She also had a scene in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), but according to IMDB, it was "cut from the theatrical release, but is available on the DVD as a deleted scene in the Special Features."
Jaimie's film journey "was launched in 2003 when she was cast in the leading role of Hanna Thompson in the low-budget award-winning film The Other Side (2006). According to the DVD commentary, she was originally at the audition to help out by reading against the male actors, but director Gregg Bishop decided to cast her in the leading role after hearing her perform the lines." However, "Her biggest role came in 2011, when she was cast as Lady Sif, a warrior goddess of Asgard, in the blockbuster from Marvel Comics, Thor (2011)." (IMDB).
Lindsay Lohan as she is today
Has there been an actress with as much publicity, both positive and negative, as Lindsay Lohan? You'd be hard pressed to find one if there is. According to IMDB, Lindsay's "Lohan's first feature film, The Parent Trap (1998), was a modest commercial success, earning her widespread critical acclaim and a Young Artist award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film". Thereafter, she would star in a number of other films, before some controversy struck her personal life. Nowadays, she's back on track, and even owns her own beach club.
Lindsay Lohan back in the day
Following her 2004 role in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Lohan's next film is likely her most famous - Mean Girls (2004). As told by IMDB, this film, which became a pop culture sensation, "Inspired by a non-fiction book by Rosalind Wiseman and written by Saturday Night Live (1975) scribe Tina Fey, the high-school comedy-drama opened to glowing reviews and grossed $86 million in the US." Thereafter, LiLo became one of the most sought after actresses in all of Hollywood.
With a whopping 65 credits under her name, Dakota Fanning is no stranger to success in Hollywood. After her family moved to Los Angeles, "Dakota signed with a professional agency, and soon won a role in the movie Tomcats (2001). She then went onto a small project called Father Xmas (2001) as Clairee." (IMDB). Thereafter, she appeared in a number of big-name films alongside Hollywood stars, such as Steven Spielberg's Taken (2002), The Cat in the Hat (2003) with Mike Myers, Man on Fire (2004), alongside Denzel Washington, and more.
As told by IMDB, "Vanessa was interested in acting and singing at a young age, inspired by her grandparents, who were musicians. At the age of 8, she started appearing in musical theater. She fell deeper in love with the arts and began studying acting, singing, and dance more seriously with Jailyn Osborne." Of course, Vanessa's big break came with her role alongside Zac Efron in High School Musical (2006). Interestingly enough, she actually dropped out of school and was homeschooled when she and her family moved to LA.
Known most recently for her role in Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard has featured in more than her fair share of Hollywood films and TV shows. IMDB gives us a little insight into her journey: "In 2009, Heard starred in the box office hit, Zombieland (2009), opposite Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray and Jesse Eisenberg. She also starred in the suspense thriller, The Stepfather (2009), with Sela Ward, Dylan Walsh and Penn Badgley. In 2008, she garnered attention for her role in the comedic hit, Pineapple Express (2008), with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Heard received a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for her breakthrough performance in "Pineapple Express"."
According to IMDB, "Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is [an] actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others." Originally from England, Blunt began her journey with a number of theatre roles in London's West End. It's no secret that Blunt is extremely talented, but if you want to take her to dinner as a wifey, you may need to battle off John Krasinski (AKA Jim from The Office).
As told by IMDB, Hayden Panettiere set foot into the industry at an extremely young age: "Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old". She is probably best known for her role in Heroes, the TV show, however she has also branched into movies at times. As IMDB further explains, "Hayden starred in Remember the Titans (2000) with Denzel Washington and Joe Somebody (2001) with Tim Allen", as well as a number of animated moves.
Audiences have witnessed Sarah Hyland grow up, thanks to her role in the hit TV show, Modern Family. As told by IMDB, : Before moving to L.A., Sarah did a multitude of film and television and, at the age of 11 1/2, she made her stage debut at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ in the title role of "Annie". From there, Sarah added many more stage productions to her resume including "Bad Girls", "Dark Part of the Forest" and both productions on and off Broadway of "Grey Gardens" in the role of "Jackie Bouvier". "Grey Gardens" was nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards"
This Hollywood starlet is known for her typecast role as villainous characters. Interestingly enough, her first language was actually Spanish, and despite being known as a redhead, she is a natural blonde. According to IMDb, "Actress and singer Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne, known for Shake It Up (2010), The Duff (2015), Blended (2014), and Midnight Sun (2018), was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida." She currently has 87 credits for film and tv, and incredibly, has appeared in over 40 commercials. So, pick or pass on Bella?
As an actress, Jen is timeless. Her role as Rachel in friends will also be her most well-known one, but she has also appeared and starred in countless other productions. She has amassed 63 credits in her filmography as an actress and continues to star in productions to this day. According to IMDB, "In 1990, she landed her first television role, as a series regular on Molloy (1990). She also appeared in The Edge (1992), Ferris Bueller (1990), and had a recurring part on Herman's Head (1991). By 1993, she was floundering. Then, in 1994, a pilot called "Friends Like These" came along." Then, the rest is history.
Cate is an Aussie, through and through. Originally from Melbourne, Australia. As told by IMDB, "Cate graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls"." Afterwards, she She made her feature film debut with a role Paradise Road (1997),and went on to star in a number of other productions.
Much like Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter has rocketed into Hollywood fame thanks to her role as Alex in Modern Family. Born in 1998, in addition to her TV appearances, this starlet featured "in the thriller "Duress (2009)" opposite Martin Donovan. Other credits include playing "Young Trixie" in Warner Bros.' "Speed Racer (2008)," and the films "The Chaperone (2011)" opposite WWE star Paul Levesque (Triple H), "Opposite Day (2009)," "Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega (2010)," and a lead role in the hit thriller "One Missed Call (2008)."" (IMDB)
Streep can master almost any role she is placed in, and that's no easy feat. IMDB tells it best: "A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next decade in great films like Silkwood (1983); Out of Africa (1985); Ironweed (1987); and A Cry in the Dark (1988). [She] declined slightly in the early 1990s as a result of her inability to find suitable parts, but she [jumped] back to the top in 1995 with her performance... in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and as the prodigal daughter in Marvin's Room (1996). "
Jolie is as household a name as any when it comes to Hollywood actresses. As elaborated by IMDB, "Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects". When she was initially offered the role in Tomb Raider (2001), "At first, she expressed disinterest, but then decided that the required training for the athletic role was intriguing. " - IMDB
As told by IMDB, "As a child, due to her love of animals, Julia originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but later studied journalism. When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieved some success in Hollywood, Julia decided to try acting. Her first break came in 1988 when she appeared in two youth-oriented movies Mystic Pizza (1988) and Satisfaction (1988). The movies introduced her to a new audience who instantly fell in love with [her]. Julia's biggest success was in the signature movie Pretty Woman (1990), for which Julia got an Oscar nomination."