Hollywood is full of talented and attractive actresses. Some of them we love, some of them we don’t really care about. After all, countless factors influence whether an actress makes it to our “favorites” list or not. We are all impressed by those who are talented and of course good looks are a nice bonus too. A friendly, down to earth personality and a good sense of humor never hurt anyone either.
If we are thoroughly smitten with a specific actress we might go out of our way to learn more about her. We might read her Wikipedia page, watch interviews that feature her, check out a few of her photographs and of course, watch a movie (or two or three) with her as the leading lady.
Of course, most of us don’t limit ourselves to one or two favorite actresses. We like quite a few of them and we find it hard to narrow down our choices. That makes sense. After all, as we have mentioned previously, Hollywood is full of gorgeous and ambitious actresses. And they are all very different! Some are Hollywood A-listers whereas others haven’t made it that big yet. Some are blondes others are brunettes. Some are known for their comedic work while others prefer roles that are a bit more dramatic. Choosing just one is difficult, if not impossible. But we’re here to help. Go ahead and choose the best actresses from the options below and we’ll match everyone with an actress to spend a life on a deserted island with!
It was in the 90’s that Charlize Theron came to prominence. Back then she starred in films such as the 1997 supernatural thriller The Devil’s Advocate (in which she portrayed Mary Ann Lomax), the 1998 adventure film Mighty Joe Young (in which she played the role of Jill Young) and the 1999 drama film The Cider House Rules (in which she was cast as Candy Kendall). Unlike some of the other actresses who were famous in the 90’s but then slipped into obscurity, Theron has managed to hold onto her fame. She recently appeared in movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde and The Fate of the Furious (IMDb).
Sophie Turner made her professional acting debut eight years ago, back in 2011, when she landed the role of Lady Sansa Stark of Winterfell in the famous TV series Game of Thrones. It was this role that made Turner famous all over the world. As is to be expected, she doesn’t have an extensive filmography, at least not yet. Nonetheless, she has already appeared in six movies. For example, in 2016 she portrayed Jean Grey or Phoenix in X-Men: Apocalypse. She will reprise this role in the upcoming superhero film Dark Phoenix IMDb) which is due to come out later this year.
Many think that Scarlett Johansson is the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. However, her acting talent shouldn’t be overlooked either. Johansson made her film debut more than 20 years ago, all the way back in 1994, when she starred in the fantasy comedy North (she was only ten years old at the time!) She has been acting ever since. You might recall seeing her in Lucy, Ghost in the Shell, Under the Skin, Don Jon and Lost in Translation. She is also known for portraying Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (IMDb).
Never Back Down, Pineapple Express, The Informers, Zombieland, The Joneses, Drive Angry, Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl are some of the movies that you might have seen Amber Heard in. If you’re into superhero films then you probably also know that she played the role of Mera in the 2017 Justice League and the 2018 Aquaman (IMDb). Of course, Heard is known not only for her professional life but her personal life too. To be more specific, she was once married to the Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp but their marriage was full of drama and they ended up getting a divorce.
Who would pick and who would pass on Uma Thurman? Thurman has been around Hollywood for quite some time. Indeed, she began acting in the mid 80s’. However, few know that before she turned to acting she was actually a model. Nowadays Thurman is known for starring in films such as Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Beautiful Girls, Batman & Robin and Dangerous Liaisons. Today she is as active as ever. According to IMDb, last year she appeared in as many as three movies! She has been married twice – once to Gary Oldman and once to Ethan Hawke.
Beauty and the Beast, Colonia, The Circle, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Noah are some of the movies that Emma Watson has starred in over the last couple of years. However, most of us to this day associate her with the role that made her famous – that of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter’s sidekick in the Harry Potter film series (IMDb). As most people will probably agree, Watson made for a perfect Hermione. Indeed, even J. K. Rowling, the creator of the magical novel series and the magical wizarding world, thinks so (Buzzfeed)!
Emily Blunt started acting in 2001 (she made her acting debut in a stage production) but she did not make her feature film debut until three years later, in 2004, when she starred in the drama movie My Summer of Love. Two years later she got her big break – she was cast in the comedy movie The Devil Wears Prada. It was this role that earned her a BAFTA Award nomination in the category Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Recently she starred in The Girl on the Train (released in 2016). For her role in this movie she was once again nominated for a BAFTA Award but this time in the category Best Actress in a Leading Role (IMDb).
Another actress that hasn’t been up to much as of late is Jessica Alba. She began acting in the mid 90’s and made her breakthrough in the early 00’s when she starred in the 2003 dance film Honey. She then went on to appear in the 2005 superhero film Fantastic Four, the 2007 romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck, the 2008 supernatural thriller The Eye and the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. Her last movie was the 2017 black comedy film El Camino Christmas (IMDb).
When Michelle Pfeiffer landed the role of Elvira Hancock in the iconic crime film Scarface, she became famous overnight. Guys wanted to be with her and women wanted to be like her. She is still as stunning as ever which is why it’s hard to believe that she is already 60 years old! Of course, Scarface is not the only movie that she is known for. Her filmography also includes films such as Dangerous Minds, Batman Returns, What Lies Beneath, Stardust and Ant-Man and the Wasp (IMDb).
Pick or pass Rachel McAdams? McAdams got her big break in 2004 when she starred in the iconic teen comedy Mean Girls in which she played the role of the popular girl and leader of The Plastics, Regina George. That same year she also appeared in The Notebook alongside Ryan Gosling. In it she portrayed Allie Hamilton, a rich girl who falls in love with a poor quarry worker. When we think of McAdams, most of us still think of those two movies. However, she has since also starred in Game Night, About Time, Disobedience, The Vow and Doctor Strange (IMDb).
Natalie Portman was only 13 years old when she made her film debut in the French thriller film Leon: The Professional which was released in 1994. Five years later she landed the role of Padme Amidala in the 1999 epic space opera Star Wars: Episode I – Phantom Menace. Not knowing whether acting was her true calling in life Portman decided to attend Harvard University. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in psychology (IMDb) and luckily for us decided that acting was indeed the one thing she was truly passionate about!
Are there any fans of The Big Bang Theory taking this quiz? If so, then Kaley Cuoco probably needs no introduction. She is best known for her role of Penny on the popular TV series. It was for this role that she received a number of awards, including a Critics’ Choice TV Award, Satellite Award and People’s Choice Award. Apart from starring in The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco has also made an appearance in the TV series 8 Simple Rules and the TV show Charmed (IMDb).
Most people without doubt best know Sarah Hyland as the actress who portrays Haley Dunphy in the popular sitcom Modern Family. If you’re a fan of the show then you also probably know that quite recently Hyland revealed a major spoiler, much to the dissatisfaction of the show’s fans! Modern Family is not the only TV series that Hyland has appeared in over the years. Hyland has also tried her hand at film work. For example, some might have glimpsed her in movies such as Geek Charming, Vampire Academy and Struck by Lightning (IMDb).
Keira Knightley is another actress who began acting when she was a mere child. You might recall seeing her in the 1999 epic space opera Star Wars: Episode I – Phantom Menace and in the 2001 psychological thriller The Hole. She made her breakthrough a year later when she was cast in the 2002 family romantic comedy Bend It Like Beckham. A year after that she portrayed Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (IMDb) and the rest is history.
Halley Berry is a beautiful woman so it is not at all surprising that before she decided to pursue acting she was a model. She was also a participant in a few beauty contests. For example, in 1986 she was the 1st runner up in the Miss USA Pageant and came 6th in the Miss World pageant. In terms of acting, she first gained notice in 1992 when she starred in the romantic comedy Boomerang (IMDb) alongside Eddie Murphy. Of course, she has appeared in many more movies since then.
To this day most of us associate Jennifer Aniston with her early role – that of Rachel Green in the iconic TV series Friends. As most will without doubt agree, Aniston was the real star of the show. As such, it makes sense that she did the best out of her co-stars after the show wrapped up. Known for her comedic talent, Aniston has starred in countless comedies, including We’re the Millers, Just Go With It, The Break-Up, The Switch, The Bounty Hunter and Bruce Almighty (IMDb).
It was in the mid 90’s that the actress Sandra Bullock made a name for herself in Hollywood. Back then she appeared in a number of successful movies, including the 1995 romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping and the 1995 mystery thriller The Net. She cemented her fame in the early 00’s which is when, according to IMDb, she starred in the 2000 action comedy Miss Congeniality (in which she played the role of Gracie Hart, an FBI agent who goes undercover at a Miss United States beauty pageant) and the 2002 romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice (in which she portrayed Lucy Kelson, a liberal lawyer who ends up working as Chief Counsel for a wealthy man).
Who’d pick and who’d pass on Emma Stone? At the moment Stone is without doubt Hollywood’s most adored – and adorable – sweetheart. Like so many other actresses on this quiz, Stone also began acting in the early 00’s. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that she made her film debut – she was cast in the coming-of-age teen comedy Superbad – and not until 2010 that she had her breakthrough – she appeared in the teen comedy Easy A. Since then she has starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Amazing Spider-Man and La La Land (IMDb).
Most of us will forever associate Reese Witherspoon with the role that made her famous – that of Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. According to IMDb she later reprized the role in the film’s sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, which came out in 2003 (but as is so often the case, it was nowhere near as successful as the first film). Fans might have also heard that Legally 3 is due to come out in 2020. Of course, Witherspoon will portray Woods once again.
Some find Jennifer Lawrence adorable. Others think her annoying. Which camp do you fall into? In other words, would you pick or pass her? Lawrence is without doubt one of Hollywood’s most accomplished A-listers which is why it’s hard to believe that she made her film debut only 11 years ago, back in 2008 (IMDb). It took her three years to gain recognition (the role of Mystique in X-Men: First Class helped her greatly) and only a year after that to become an international star.
The Spanish actress Penelope Cruz was only 16 years old when she made her acting debut. Back then she starred mostly in Spanish movies. Indeed, it wasn’t until ten years later that she came to be known outside of Spain. She achieved international recognition in the early 00’s when she starred in films such as Vanilla Sky, Blow, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and All the Pretty Horses. Cruz is known not only for her exotic appearance but also for her serious talent. She has been awarded an Oscar and was nominated for as many as four Golden Globe Awards (IMDb).
For someone who has been acting ever since the early 90’s, Kate Beckinsale does not have a very extensive filmography. She hasn’t been up to all that much as of late. Indeed, she only appeared in one movie last year (titled Farming) and only one movie the year before that too (The Only Living Boy in New York). She is without doubt best known for her early 00’s films, such as the 2001 romantic period drama Pearl Harbor, the 2003 action thriller Underworld and the 2004 thriller Van Helsing (IMDb).
Nicole Kidman made her Hollywood debut in 1990 when she landed the role of the neurosurgeon Dr. Claire Lewicki in the sports action drama movie Days of Thunder. As some might be well able to recall, Tom Cruise was her co-star in this film! That same year Kidman married Cruise but their marriage was not exactly successful. Indeed, they got divorced in 2001. Kidman is currently married to Keith Urban. Kidman is a busy woman. Last year she starred in as many as three films, including the superhero movie Aquaman in which she portrayed Queen Atlanna (IMDb).
Remember Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland? That was the movie that made Mia Wasikowska famous in all four corners of the globe. After all, she did play the film’s protagonist, Alice. That same year, in 2010, she was also cast in the comedy drama movie The Kids Are All Right. For her role in the movie she was awarded a Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actress Award (IMDb). For someone who began acting only in the mid 00’s, Wasikowska’s filmography is pretty impressive!
Megan Fox is a stunning woman but she certainly lacks tact. Remember that time when she made a mean remark about Michael Bay, the director of Transformers, during an interview? At the time she was playing the role of Mikaela Banes (it was this role that actually made her famous). She had appeared in two Transformers movies, the 2007 Transformers and the 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen but was fired before she could reprise her role in the third, the 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon. She was rather inactive for a good while but is due to appear in as many as four movies this year (IMDb)!
Quite a few actors begin acting when they are still mere children, and Anna Paquin is no exception. As a child actor she was incredibly successful. In fact, for her role in the 1993 drama movie The Piano she won an Oscar in the category Best Supporting Actress. She was no older than 11 at the time! Nowadays most people associate Paquin with her role of Sookie Stackhouse in a popular vampire drama TV series which was on air between 2008 and 2014 (IMDb).
The role of Naomi Lapaglia in the 2013 biographical black comedy movie The Wolf of Wall Street was the role that launched Margot Robbie’s professional life. Of course, that was not her first acting gig. Prior to playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s love interest she appeared in a few Australian soap operas, including Nieghbors and Pan Am. She has since starred in films such as Focus, The Legend of Tarzan, I, Tonya, Terminal and Mary Queen of Scots. Later this year she is due to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s mystery crime film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (IMDb).
Fans of the once incredibly popular TV series Ally McBeal (which was on air between 1998 and 2002) more than likely to this day associate the actress Lucy Liu with her role of the vicious Ling Woo. It was for this role that Liu was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Never watched Ally McBeal? Not to worry! Liu has also appeared in quite a few successful movies, including Charlie’s Angels, Payback and Chicago (IMDb).
Lea Seydoux is French which is why it makes perfect sense that when she first decided to give acting a go – back in 2005 - she focused mainly on French cinema. She came to international attention in 2008 when she starred in the French film The Beautiful Person. For her role in this movie she was nominated for a Cesar Award. A year later she landed her first role in a major Hollywood movie – that of Charlotte LaPadite in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. You might have also seen her in Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Blue Is the Warmest Color (IMDb).
Angelina Jolie is another actress that needs no introduction. She has been around Hollywood ever since the early 80’s although she didn’t actually gain acclaim until the late 90’s. Nowadays most of us associate her with movies such as Girl Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (IMDb). She is also known for her humanitarian work and in particular for adopting kids from third world countries. Jolie was also the reason why Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split up. Nonetheless, her marriage to Pitt was not a successful one.
The role of Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious movie series which came out in 2009) was the role that made Gal Gadot somewhat famous. However, the stunning actress had to wait seven more years before she earned worldwide fame. As most are probably well aware, her breakthrough came about when she was cast as Wonder Woman in 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The following year she reprized her role in Wonder Woman and Justice League (IMDb).
Cameron Diaz is no longer active in Hollywood in the sense that she has officially retired from acting. Nonetheless, she is still busy with other projects, such as writing and publishing health books (The Boston Globe). Even though the chances of us seeing her in any upcoming movies are slim, most of us still think of her as an actress. After all, she has appeared in countless movies over the course of her professional life and who is to say that she won’t return to acting one day? Actors do it all the time.
Room, Kong: Skull Island, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, 13 Going on 30, The Spectacular Now, The Gambler, Trainwreck and Don Jon are just some of the films that the talented actress Brie Larson has starred in over the years. A quick glance at her filmography confirms that Larson is a busy woman. Indeed, she has quite a few films under her name, especially for someone who began acting only in the mid 00’s. She didn’t appear in any movies last year but is due to star in two movies this year – Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame (IMDb).
Most people either love or greatly dislike Kristen Stewart. How do you feel about her? Stewart was only a child when she began acting in the late 90’s. However, as most are probably well aware, it was not until 2008, when she landed the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight series (IMDb) that she made headlines. Indeed, most of us to this day associate her with the role that made her famous even though she has starred in countless films since.
Kate Winslet made it big when she landed the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron’s iconic epic romance movie Titanic (IMDb) which was released in 1997. At the time it was the highest grossing movie and so naturally Winslet went on to play the leading lady in other successful films. Funnily enough, according to Cosmopolitan, Winslet was once told that she’d never make it big in Hollywood because she did not have the right body for it (apparently she was rather chubby as a teen).
Who’d pick and who’d pass on Ashley Benson? Benson is certainly not as famous as some of the other actresses on this quiz but she is still young which means that she could easily become a Hollywood A-lister at some point in the future. Nowadays Benson is best known for her role of Hanna Marin the once very popular TV series Pretty Little Liars (which was on air between 2010 and 2017). However, she has also been cast in a few movies including Bring It On: In It To Win It and Spring Breakers (IMDb).
Who’d pick and who’d pass on January Jones? January Jones is best known for starring in the popular TV series Mad Men. On the show she portrayed Betty Draper, a beautiful but bored housewife and mother. For the role she was nominated not only for a Primetime Emmy Award but also for two Golden Globe Awards. Mad Men is not the only TV series that Jones was featured in. She also appeared in the TV series The Last Man on Earth and also starred in a few films, such as We Are Marshall and X-Men: First Class (IMDb).
Whether you pick or pass Julia Roberts you probably can’t deny that she has a stunning smile. Roberts made it big after she played the lead role in the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. She is just as active today as she was back in the 90’s. Some of her other 90’s movies include My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill and Runaway Bride. In the early and late 00’s she starred in Ocean’s Eleven, Valentine’s Day and Eat Pray Love (IMDb).
G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Layer Cake, Alfie, Stardust, Burnt, The Lost City of Z, Factory Girl and Live By Night are just some of the films that you might have seen Sienna Miller in. The stunning actress began acting in the late 80’s but it wasn’t until the late 00’s, and to be more specific, until she appeared in the 2009 thriller G. I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (IMDb), that she gained widespread recognition. She was once engaged to the actor Jude Law and the two are still quite close.
Emma Roberts is a woman of many talents – she is not only an actress but also a singer. Still, most of us associate her with the big screen. Roberts first gained recognition in the early 00’s when she was cast in the Nickelodeon TV series Unfabulous (on air between 2004 and 2007). She then went on to star in films such as Aquamarine, Wild Child, Valentine’s Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Art of Getting By, We’re the Millers and Nerve (IMDb).
When Eva Green decided to give acting a go in the early 00’s, she focused mainly on theatre. However, only a few years later, in 2003 to be exact, she made her film debut – she appeared in the romantic drama The Dreamers. Two years later, in 2005, she achieved international acclaim for her role of Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem in the epic historical drama Kingdom of Heaven. Some may also recognize her as Bond girl, Vesper Lynd, from the 2006 spy film Casino Royale (IMDb). Who in their right mind could say no to a Bond girl, right?
It was in the late 80’s that Gwyneth Paltrow began acting. Nonetheless, most of us associate her with movies from the 90’s and the early 00’s. For example, she has starred in films such as the 1995 neo-noir crime thriller Seven, the 1996 period film Emma, the 1999 psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley, the 2001 comedy drama The Royal Tenenbaums and the 2005 drama Proof. In the mid 00’s she went on a hiatus but returned to Hollywood a few years later. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe probably know her best as Pepper Potts (IMDb).
Pretty much everyone has seen the 2007 coming-of-age teen comedy Juno. This independent movie performed exceptionally well at the box office and went on to win an Academy Award and three Oscar nominations. Ellen Page starred in this film. In fact, it was her breakthrough role (she played the titular character) and for it she won plenty of award nominations. If you haven’t seen Juno (not impossible but highly unlikely) you might have glimpsed her in films such as Inception, Into the Forest and Flatliners (IMDb).
Most of us became aware of Elizabeth Moss when she landed the role of secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson in the very popular – and very aesthetically pleasing – TV series Mad Men. Moss was exceptional in her role as Peggy so it comes as no surprise that for it she was nominated not only for a Golden Globe Award but also for six Emmys. Currently she stars in and produces The Handmaid’s Tale. For her involvement in the dystopian show she has already won two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for her acting talent and one for her producing skills (IMDb).
Would you pick Dakota Fanning? Or would you pass her? Fanning is one of the youngest actresses on this quiz and yet she is just as talented as some of those who have more than 20 years of acting experience under their belts. Although of course it is worth mentioning that Fanning has been acting ever since she was a child. Indeed she was only seven years old she was cast in the 2001 drama movie I Am Sam. In the late 00’s she transitioned to more mature roles. For example, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees and The Twilight Saga (IMDb).
Another actress who gained acclaim for her role in the iconic TV series Friends, Courteney Cox played the role of the obsessive Monica Geller on the show. She didn’t do as well as Jennifer Aniston after the series ended but she is nonetheless to this day active and engaged in a number of projects. Apart from Friends some may also associate her with the sitcom Cougar Town (on air between 2009 and 2015) in which she not only starred but also directed and produced (IMDb).
Cate Blanchett is another one of those lucky – or should we say talented – actresses who were as big in the 90’s (or to be more specific, the late 90’s) as they are today. She first came to attention in 1998 when she starred in the biographical drama Elizabeth. She then went on to star in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Aviator and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Recently she appeared in Carol, Thor: Ragnarok and Ocean’s 8 (IMDb).
Anne Hathaway needs no introduction. She is one of Hollywood’s best known actresses. She began acting in the late 90’s and did not have to work long to gain acclaim. Indeed, she first came to attention for her role of Mia Thermopolis in the 2001 teen comedy The Princess Diaries. Four years later she transitioned to adult roles – she stared in the crime drama Havoc and the romantic drama Brokeback Mountain. The following year she starred in The Devil Wears Prada (IMDb).
Sometimes it takes actors more than a decade to gain critical acclaim. Take Amy Adams for example. She began acting in the early 90’s but it wasn’t until 2007 that she achieved international recognition. As some might be very well able to recall, in 2007 Adams starred in the musical Enchanted. It was her first role as a leading lady, but certainly not the last. Nowadays she is known for movies such as Leap Year, Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals and Vice (IMDb).
Alison Brie is a gorgeous woman but she has much more going for her than just her looks. Most people know her best as Annie Edison, the character whom she portrayed in the TV series Community, which was on air between 2009 and 2015. Fans of Mad Men might also recognize her as Trudy Campbell, Pete Campbell’s wife. At the moment she is busy playing the role of Ruth Wilder in the comedy TV show GLOW. Brie hasn’t just stuck to TV work either. According to IMDb, she also starred in The Five-Year Engagement and How to Be Single.