What makes an actor good? Is it charisma, beauty, humor? Well, they could possibly contribute to the bigger picture; but I think it’s how an actor connects with their characters.
We can love movie and television stars based on what we see in magazines, their posts on Instagram, or their Wikipedia page all we want. We can think they are amazing or horrible people however we want—it’s not like we really know them, anyway. (But I mean if you do, hook a girl up. I’d kill to meet any one of my favorites. Especially either Julie, Tom or Adam. Just throwing that out there.)
When it comes to their acting skills, that comes from within. They have to be dedicated to their project and their part; they really have to study and work super hard just do give a character the performance they deserve.
I’m not ranking actors on whether or not they do a great job, or even if they’re good human beings. I’m just telling you a little bit about some of my all-time favorite actors, in no particular order. Enjoy!
Let me just start by saying Tom Hanks is my number one favorite actor of all time. He’s a total gem, and we have been blessed by having someone like him in such a large number of films. Yeah, if you haven’t noticed yet: I love this guy. My entire life, I’ve been watching him win over America, one heart at a time, with every goddamn film this guy shows up in. Tom Hanks is a freaking star, and the whole world knows it. Anyone that questions why he’s loved so much is straight up jealous. And let’s not talk about how adorable he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, are together. (They are all the goals, and must be protected at all costs.) And don’t get me wrong, I know Tom Hanks isn’t perfect—nobody is—but hey, he’s pretty damn close. He’s freaking Woody, for God’s sake.
My admiration for the icon that is Julie Andrews is actually quite unhealthy. Although she doesn’t do much work on the screen anymore, she has remained to be one of my actors of all time. In my eyes, she has set the bar pretty high for the younger generation of actors today. She’s been Cinderella, a nanny, a narrator, a woman pretending to be a man (twice), and an actual queen on multiple occasions—how many other people have that on their résumé? Not a lot! Julie Andrews is an international treasure, and if the world doesn’t recognize that, then I have lost all faith in humanity. Hearing her sing in the second Princess Diaries movie has made me cry on multiple occasions, okay? I just really love her and have all the respect for her.
I always say that if I were able to cast my life as a movie, Adam Sandler would play my dad—mostly because he reminds me of my own father a lot. It’s actually kind of creepy. They have the exact same humor, similar body build, even similar facial expressions…I don’t know, man. It’s weird, but I still love the guy. I have watched literally every film Adam Sandler is in (in case you’re curious, Big Daddy is still my favorite, closely followed by The Wedding Singer). I just find him hilarious, and he seems really down to earth. Like, who else do you see wearing normal people clothes to award nights? I know there’s a lot of controversy about his humor and jokes, but I don’t really care when it comes to this guy. He’s just great.
I mean, who doesn’t love Meryl Streep? She is amazing in everything she does; I seriously don’t know how she does it all so perfectly. (Probably a whole lot of hard work.) My favorite role of hers is still Donna in the movie adaptation of the musical Mamma Mia, even though Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada still gets me every time. Despite the fact that she’s gorgeous and the queen of the big screen, she’s also a huge advocate for women’s rights—which continues to showcase her greatness, and increase my admiration for this icon. As Cameron from Modern Family once said, “Excuse me, Meryl Streep could play Batman and be the right choice. She’s perfection.”
To be honest, the original reason I ever liked Johnny Depp, was because of how attractive I thought he was. Which, in my defense, I think that’s the reason why a lot of people like him to such a big extent. But he’s also such a diverse actor, and is always really good in whatever role he takes on. I actually just watched Finding Neverland the other night for the first time (yeah I know, I’m thirteen years late, whatever), and I actually cried at two different points. Johnny is just super talented and clearly dedicated to his work; you can’t help but admire the guy…and how luscious his hair always looks.
Okay, so in my sophomore year of college, a few of my friends and I were watching an awards show (I think it was the Oscars), and during it, Emma won an award—although I don’t remember what for, so don’t ask me. I fangirled pretty hard, because, you know, I’ve been a fan of hers since the first time I saw The House Bunny. Something came over me, and I actually said out loud, “Ugh, I love Emma Stone.” And then she said, through the television screen, “I love you, too!” It was both one of the funniest and most coincidental things to ever happen to me. My friends laughed so hard, because I just sat there, staring at Emma, in total shock.
Honorable mentions: Bernadette Peters, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Anne Hathaway, Colin Firth. Honestly, the list is pretty long, but I won’t waste any more of your time.
Prompt: Who are your favorite movie and television stars? List some of them.