Everyone has a type, and who better to help us discover our types than some of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses? Nowadays, Hollywood has recognized the change in our culture and has provided us with plenty of women in various shapes, sizes, colors, and attitudes to suit our movie-going tastes. We all appreciate the dazzling women who grace our movie and television screens because they give us some of our absolute favorite sources of entertainment: TV shows and films!
These actresses come from all different genres and backgrounds. Some may lean more towards comedic roles while others may thrive on playing the action-hero lead who conquers their foes and establishes themselves as a force to be reckoned with. From romantic movies to comedic tv shows and absolutely everything else in between, we have gathered some of Hollywood's best and brightest stars to compile a list so we can try to figure out just what people's types are.
Is Fantastic Four actress Jessica Alba a pick or a pass? Does Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldana earn a pick or is she left in the dust? We encourage everyone to go through our list and sort through their favorites and we'll see if we can correctly guess everyone's type!
Angelina Jolie is just one of those actresses who cannot go unnoticed. Since she first began acting, she has enjoyed plenty of roles that put her in the spotlight and showcase just how deep her emotional depth truly is, as well as proving just how timeless her beauty is, too. This sultry starlet has appeared in such hit movies as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt, and the title role in the popular action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In addition to her accomplishments as an actress, Jolie is also a vocal and active humanitarian who travels around the world trying to better it.
Although she first began working as a television journalist and briefly worked as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Olivia Munn eventually made the transition to film and has appeared in such movies as Magic Mike and X-Men: Apocalypse. This raven-haired beauty is a force to be reckoned with, but she isn’t just about the acting. Munn also does plenty of charity work, largely for animal rights’ campaigns. She just recently made a cameo appearance in the film Ocean’s 8 and is due to return to theaters to reprise her role as Psylocke in the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix.
Emma Watson is easily one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood, particularly with younger crowds. Everyone knows her best for her breakout role as Hermione Granger in the wildly popular film series, Harry Potter. Although it has been years since the franchise pumped out its last movie of the series, Watson still enjoys considerable acting success and just recently starred as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the live-action version of the classic Disney film. She also had a popular role in the teen film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and gave us a character misfits everywhere could relate to!
Drew Barrymore is best known for her romantic comedy films, particularly those she appeared in with her faithful co-star, Adam Sandler. These movies include The Wedding Singer, in which she played a waitress, 50 First Dates, in which she played a girl with a brain affliction that prevents her from creating new memories, and most recently the film Blended, in which she plays a single mother sent on the vacation of a lifetime with a man she cannot stand. This blond haired beauty has given us plenty of excellent movies over the years and has recently made the transition into film with the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet.
Zooey Deschanel may possibly fall under the category of typecast actresses in Hollywood, but these roles all just suit her so well! She is perfect for any character who may be a little off-beat, possibly eccentric, and just endearing enough that she always gets the attention of wanton men. We’ve seen this in such films as 500 Days of Summer, Yes Man, but definitely not in the Christmas film, Elf. In that particular movie, Deschanel managed to break from her typecast, if only briefly, to play a monotone and sardonic retail employee during the holidays. Thankfully she was back to her regular self when she switched to television with her hit sitcom, New Girl!
Is there truly anything Anne Hathaway can’t do? This actress is all over the place with her film genres, but we can say pretty confidently that she is best at playing the sultry lead in a romantic film, like in the movie Love and Other Drugs. That’s not to say she can’t branch into other genres, as she was perfect in the teen comedy Princess Diaries as a hopelessly awkward 16-year old who discovers she is the heir to a throne in a far away kingdom. She also wowed audiences everywhere with her powerful role in the Broadway musical-turned movie Les Misérables.
Scarlett Johansson (or Scar Jo, as her fans so adoringly refer to her) is one of those actresses who likes to prove she is much more than her looks. She is known for her witty remarks to any reporters who happen to ask her the wrong questions about a role, particularly if her male co-stars receive questions with much more substance. We see this especially in interviews about her role as Black Widow in the Avengers franchise. She will tell reporters all about her experience learning to convincingly combat foes, but nobody better ask her what it’s like wearing a skin-tight leather suit all day!
Actress Halle Berry is an Academy Award winning actress who also holds the distinction of being the only black woman to have ever won an Oscar for Best Actress. She has appeared in such movies as Monster’s Ball, Catwoman, and enjoyed a recurring role as the character Storm in the X-Men film franchise. She just recently appeared in the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle and is due to return to theaters in the John Wick third film installment titled John Wick 3: Parabellum. Berry was also ranked No. 1 on People’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list in 2003!
Kate Winslet first rose to fame after her commanding performance in the romantic movie Titanic where she starred as the character Rose alongside co-star Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack. These two made for a movie overflowing with romance, drama, and plenty of gut-wrenching emotion as they discover their forbidden love for each other aboard the doomed Titanic. Since appearing in this film, Winslet has gone on to star in such other films as The Holiday, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Revolutionary Road. She is also quite the humanitarian and enjoys supporting a number of charities, such as the Afghanistan Relief Organization.
Actress Amy Poehler’s acting first took off after she appeared on the late night sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. Since then, she has gone on to appear in a number of popular movies, like Blades of Glory, Sisters, and Baby Mama. She also recently lent her voice to the wildly successful animated children’s film Inside Out in which she played a character named Joy who controls a girl, Riley’s, emotions inside her head! Poehler has also enjoyed great success on television and starred in her own hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation, along with Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt!
Actress Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the hit biographical crime drama Monster. Since then, her acting has truly taken off and she has appeared in such other popular films as Hancock, Snow White and the Huntsman, and in Mad Max: Fury Road where she starred alongside actor Tom Hardy. She recently returned to theaters for the film Tully in which she played a mother who develops a bond with her children’s nanny. Theron is also no stranger to television and had a recurring guest role on the sitcom Arrested Development as Jason Bateman’s character, Michael Bluth’s, love interest.
Actress and model Megan Fox first rose to fame in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, in which she starred opposite Lindsay Lohan as her high school enemy. Fox has gone on to enjoy a successful string of other acting accolades including a starring role in the hit film franchise Transformers as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest. She starred as the title character in the thriller film Jennifer’s Body and also recently appeared in the live-action film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a role which she reprised for its sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Fox briefly starred in the show New Girl as a temporary replacement for actress Zooey Deschanel while she was on maternity leave.
When people think of Rachel McAdams, the first role that likely pops into their head is probably as high school princess and pop culture icon, Regina George, in the comedy Mean Girls. Although she proved herself more than capable of playing the mean girl herself, McAdams has also proven she is nothing like her character and has gone on to appear in much sweeter roles in such films as The Notebook, The Vow, and The Time Traveler’s Wife. This native to the north clearly enjoys her romantic roles but is also more than capable of bringing the drama, as seen in her critically acclaimed film Spotlight.
Television star-turned movie actress Jennifer Aniston first rose to fame on the wildly popular TV sitcom Friends in the late 90s and early 2000s. Since then, Aniston has definitely not slowed down and has only continued to earn both critical and commercial praise with her films. She not only enjoys playing the leading lady in romantic comedies, like Just Go With It and The Switch, but she also likes tuning into her more hilarious side with such comedies as Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers. She certainly seems ageless and has maintained her striking good looks throughout the years, and just seems to keep getting more beautiful the older she gets!
Emma Stone first rose to fame with the adult comedy film Superbad in which she played opposite Jonah Hill. Following this, she earned a starring role in the romantic comedy Easy A as Olive, a high school student who finds herself the subject of some pretty unsavory rumors that spread surprisingly quickly around campus. Since then, Stone has branched further and further out with her choice of acting roles, proving she can do comedy just as well as she can do drama. She’s appeared in such other movies as Crazy Stupid Love, La La Land, and the historical drama The Favorite.
Mila Kunis first began as the whiny and endlessly complaining teenage character Jackie on the hit sitcom That '70s Show. On the series she starred opposite Ashton Kutcher, who would later end up becoming her husband and father two children with her! Kunis as enjoyed great success since the end of That '70s Show and has made the transition into film. She’s appeared in such hit movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Friends with Benefits, and Bad Moms, as well as its recent sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. She most recently returned to theaters in the film The Spy Who Dumped Me with actress Kate McKinnon.
Actress Zoe Kravitz is the daughter of legendary musician Lenny Kravitz. Much like her father, Zoe is quite the stunner and enjoys considerable success with acting. She first appeared in the film X-Men: First Class alongside James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in which she played Angel Salvadore. Next, she would go on to appear in Mad MAX: Fury Road and had a recurring role in The Divergent Series. Most recently, she appeared in both the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald. She has also made a successful transition to television with the drama series Big Little Lies.
The sweet and charming Emily Blunt is an English actress who first rose to fame with the film The Devil Wears Prada, which she starred in alongside Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Since the release of this film, Blunt has gone on to appear in such others as Into the Woods, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Girl on the Train. She and her husband, John Krasinski, starred in the critically acclaimed thriller film A Quiet Place, which Krasinski directed. Most recently, Blunt returned to theaters for the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in which she plays the magical and mysterious title character.
English actress Keira Knightley has enjoyed great success both in film and on the Broadway stage. As far as her movie roles are concerned, she is perhaps best known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. She has also appeared in such films as Pride & Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham, and in the romantic Christmas movie, Love Actually. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the true historical drama film The Imitation Game, in which she starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. She is also a devoted humanitarian and works with multiple charities.
Actress Aubrey Plaza is perhaps best known for her role as April Ludgate on the hit television sitcom, Parks and Recreation. On the show, her character works at the city’s municipal building in the parks and rec office alongside such other characters as Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope and Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. Since appearing on the television show, Plaza has made the transition into films and appeared in such movies as Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the comedy film The To Do List. She also lent her voice to the animated Monsters Inc sequel, Monsters University and is due to appear in the upcoming franchise reboot thriller film, Child’s Play.
Actress Jessica Alba’s breakthrough role was in the 2003 dance film Honey. Since then, she has gone on to appear in a number of popular movies, such as in Little Fockers, Valentine’s Day, and in both Fantastic Four and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Not only is Alba a beautiful and talented actress, but she is also an entrepreneur who co-founded a baby and household products company called The Honest Company. She enjoys humanitarian work as well and donates to a number of charities, as well as advocating for youth to exercise their right to vote in elections.
Zoe Saldana is perhaps best known for her role in the commercial and box-office smash hit movie, Avatar, in which she appears as Neytiri. Since then, she has gone on to earn a supporting role in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie as space alien Gamora, a role which she reprised in the film’s sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and then again in the most recent Avengers installment, Avengers: Infinity War. Next up, Saldana is set to appear in a number of movies, including the final Avengers film, Avengers: Endgame, and in the two as-of-yet untitled upcoming Avatar sequels.
Actress Gal Gadot began working as a model and then served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor before she began appearing in films. First she earned a role in the film Fast & Furious before going on to earn her biggest and most popular role to date as Wonder Woman in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Since then, Gadot has gone on to reprise this role for both the DC Extended Universe ensemble film, Justice League, and then again in her own standalone origin story film, Wonder Woman. She has since been named one of Time Magazine’s 1—most influential people in the world.
Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award winning actress whose signature blond locks and southern charm have propelled her into serious Hollywood starlet status. She has appeared in such films as Election, Sweet Home Alabama, and played Elle Woods in both Legally Blonde and its sequel, Legally Blonde 2. Not only is she a fantastic actress but she is also quite the singer, which she proved both in her portrayal as June Carter Cash in the musical Walk the Line and then again as a character in the animated musical film, Sing. She is a sweet southern belle who knows how to flash that smile and dazzle audiences everywhere!
Zoe Kazan has quickly become one of the most common faces in indie romantic films since she first appeared in the romantic drama, Ruby Sparks, in 2012. In this film, she appears as the title character who a struggling author somehow manages to manifest into real life. Next she appeared in the film In Your Eyes, as well as in Kumail Nanjiani’s directorial and semi-autobiographical film, The Big Sick. Most recently she appeared alongside actor Daniel Radcliffe in the indie romantic comedy, What If, as two best friends who become increasingly closer to one another while the one’s boyfriend leaves town.
Actress Jessica Chastain began acting on the stage before eventually transitioning into television and then to movies. She has appeared in such films as Jolene, Take Shelter, and Zero Dark Thirty. Her role in The Help, in which she played a ditzy but well-meaning southern socialite, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has gone on to appear in such other movies as Interstellar, The Martian, and in the drama Molly’s Game. This red-haired beauty has made a name for herself both on the stage and off and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down just yet!
Sandra Bullock is just one of those actresses who just seems to always know which movies are the best ones for her. She began appearing in smaller, low-budget films like While You Were Sleeping before going on to make a name for herself in such movies as Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice. Bullock has proven she can play both the comedic star, like in The Heat and The Proposal, as well as she can give us a serious, dramatic performance for such movies as The Blind Side and Gravity. Most recently, Bullock appeared in the Netflix original movie Bird Box.
Although not her first movie, Brie Larson’s role in the indie drama Room earned her her very first Academy Award for Best Actress. In the film she plays a woman who has been taken and held inside a garden shed where she has given birth to her captor’s baby and is plotting her escape. In addition to this film, Larson has also appeared in such other movies as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street. She is due to return to theaters with her own superhero movie Captain Marvel in which she plays the title character, and will reprise this role for the upcoming Avengers final installment, Avengers: Endgame.
Vanessa Hudgens first broke onto the scene with the wildly popular teen musical movie and Disney Channel original, High School Musical. In the film she plays opposite Zac Efron as two teenagers who fall for each other and discover their love for musical theatre, but then feel they have to hide these from their judgemental fellow classmates. Hudgens went on to reprise her role as Gabriella in the films two sequels before branching away from Disney for more serious roles. She has also showcased her musical abilities with a few hit singles and played Rizzo in a live performance of Grease on television.
Jennifer Lawrence began acting on television but earned her breakout role with the hit dystopian teen novel-turned-movie, The Hunger Games. In the film she plays Katniss Everdeen, a girl who takes her sister’s place in a battle against other teenagers for the title of Hunger Games champion. Lawrence would reprise this role for the other films in the franchise before trying her hand at different film roles, like in the movies Passengers and Silver Linings Playbook. While Lawrence has proven she can definitely play any character under the sun, in real life she is as silly and as delightful as they come!
Cameron Diaz has been appearing in movies for over two decades now, beginning with her breakthrough role in the comedy The Mask alongside Jim Carrey. Since then, this actress has chosen some pretty unforgettable roles, like in Charlie’s Angels, The Holiday, and Bad Teacher. She can play the sultry lead just as well as she can provide hilarious humor for the audience! Unfortunately for us, Diaz officially retired from acting in 2014 and hasn’t appeared in anything since, but at least we can look back at some of her most memorable films and enjoy the fantastic movies she gave us!
Eva Mendes’ acting first took-off with her role in the Film Training Day, which she then followed up with such films as 2 Fast 2 Furious and Hitch. This dazzling starlet has gone on to appear in such other movies as Ghost Rider, The Place Beyond the Pines, and The Other Guys. While she is definitely a tremendous actress, Mendes is also a brand ambassador and entrepreneur and has made a name for herself as a successful business woman. She also managed to snag one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood and has two children with the hunky actor Ryan Gosling!
Amanda Seyfried is perhaps best known for her role as the ditzy and oblivious but faithful best friend, Karen, in the comedy Mean Girls. Since teaching us all how to tell when it’s already raining outside, she has gone on to enjoy plenty of impressive acting credits, including her role as Sophie in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia. In the film she starred alongside acting legend Meryl Streep as a mother/daughter duo. She has also appeared in such other movies as Jennifer’s Body, Lovelace, and Les Misérables. This past summer, Seyfried returned to theaters to reprise her role as Sophie in the Mamma Mia sequel, Here We Go Again.
Actress Lily Collins is not only the daughter of music legend Phil Collins but is also an accomplished actress in her own right! She has appeared in such movies as The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror, and in the fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. While she is certainly an excellent actress, Collins is also a talented writer and has also done some fairly impressive modeling, earning her the prestigious title of International Model of the Year by Spain’s Glamour magazine! Collins is set to return to theaters with the film Tolkien in which she plays the wife of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien!
Funny girl Anna Kendrick first appeared to many audiences in her role as Jessica in the Twilight film franchise. Although once a supporting character, Kendrick has gone on to enjoy plenty of acting roles which put her front and center in her movies! She’s also proven herself to be quite the singer, as we’ve seen in such films as Into the Woods and the hugely successful musical film, Pitch Perfect, as well as the latter’s two sequels! Not only is she funny but she also has an incredible set of pipes that she most definitely is not afraid to use!
Many people know Margot Robbie best for her role as The Joker’s faithful, if not rather unstable, girlfriend, Harley Quinn, in the DC film universe. While she has certainly proven herself capable of playing those less than mentally sound, Robbie has also given us plenty of dramatic and humorous roles in such movies as The Legend of Tarzan, The Wolf of Wall Street, and her most recently role as former figure skating champion Tonya Harding in the biographical drama, I, Tonya. For this role, Robbie received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, as well as wide critical acclaim for her fantastic portrayal of the skater.
Actress Kate Hudson is an absolute stunner, but that is to be expected from the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn! Following in her mother’s impressive footsteps, Hudson has gone on to make a name for herself in Hollywood and has appeared in a number of fantastic movies. She largely appeared in romantic comedies in the early 2000s, including such films as Fool’s Gold, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Raising Helen. Since then, she has gone on to appear in plenty of other roles and recently co-founded the athletics fashion company, Fabletics. This golden girl of Hollywood is quite the entrepreneur as well as an accomplished actress!
Ask anyone and they will likely say they know Blake Lively best for her role as Serena van der Woodsen in the hit drama TV series Gossip Girl. Since her days sipping cocktails and enjoying a lavish lifestyle in New York’s Upper East Side, Lively has gone on to appear in such other movies as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Age of Adaline, and most recently the thriller film A Simple Favor with Anna Kendrick. Lively also appeared in the less-than-successful movie Green Lantern, and while critics didn’t love it, Lively certainly found love in some form on set as she met her future husband, hunk Ryan Reynolds, while working on the film!
Actress Kerry Washington is perhaps best known for her role in a hit TV drama series in which she plays Olivia Pope, an expert woman who is tasked with dealing with any and all crisis that come out of Washington. While definitely an accomplished TV star, Washington is no stranger to film and has appeared in such movies as Fantastic Four, Django Unchained, and in the biographical drama film, Ray. Washington has also made two appearances on the Broadway stage, thus securing her a place on all three performing mediums: stage, film, and television. Is there any place left for this incredible woman to conquer with her amazing talent?
Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig got her start on the late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live as a writer and a performer. Once her stint on the show was up, Wiig followed its success into film and appeared in such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bridesmaids. In the latter, her best friend is getting married and she is named the maid of honor, but then finds herself inexplicably battling it out with another one of her friend’s bridesmaids who thinks she is really the bride’s best friend. Wiig has also appeared in more serious roles, like in the drama Skeleton Twins and The Martian.