Saturday, June 23, 2012
15 Favourite Redheads From the Movies...
Brave came out this week, and I have to say, Princess Merida's curly red hair was definitely the best thing I've seen in a long time. As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of red hair - in fact I once tried to dye my own hair red but then I realised that it was only ever meant to be boring brown. So why don't we celebrate the coolest red heads in cinema, whether they be actors/actresses or characters. And no, there'll be no Weasley family. They're awesome, but I feel like they're exempt because everyone knows how awesome they are anyway...
15. Victoria 'Vicky' Page from The Red Shoes.
The Red Shoes is based around some, well, shoes that are red. I guess it helps that the main character Vicky, played by Moira Shearer in her debut performance, has hair that practically matches the shoes that end up destroying her life. It also helps that this 1948 classic has one of the best uses of colour that I've ever seen. And no, I don't think that just because of Moira's beautifully fiery hair...or do I?
14. The natural, but part-time ginger McSexyPants - Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston.
These guys were born and bred guys with hair that's red (ha, I should so be a rapper), but you wouldn't exactly think "oh, they're red heads!" That's because their red doesn't go as far as Merida's, yet if you look hard enough, it is there. Even though I hate Hiddles for his perfection and Fassy for his sharky smile, they had to sneak in a mention. Because they're both great advocates for ginger pride.
13. Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic.
From what I hear, Leo-Mania wasn't the only thing that came out of James Cameron's mega-squillions hit Titanic. Kate Winslet, sporting the most luxurious bright red curly hair (in fact, she is pretty much a real life Merida), one over the hearts of many, and sparked a bit of a trend. I mean sure, there was a love affair between the poor Jack and the rich Rose which was doomed thanks to that ship not being 'unsinkable', but I was having a love affair with Rose's hair. Any time Kate wants to go back to red, I'll be happy.
12. Blanche from Drive.
Christina Hendricks, aka the world's most beautiful woman, may not be in Drive for very long, but I found myself fascinated by her character. Since Hollywood is all for making prequels and stuff, I reckon they should explore the world of Blanche a little more. She was just a mysterious, seemingly damaged, quiet on the outside but fighting on the inside kind of woman. I unfortunately don't watch Mad Men (must get around to it), so this is about as much Hendricks as I get...but after her brief work in Drive, I'm definitely looking for more.
11. Becky Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Okay, I'm going to put it out there - I freaking love Confessions of a Shopaholic, in all it's silly, fluffy, rom-com glory. Particularly because I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella's series of books all about the lovable serial spender Becky. Isla Fisher is the perfect person to play her, since she's so bright and bubbly and has perfect comic timing. I can't wait to see what she does with Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby. For now, I'm gonna hide at my house and watch Confessions of a Shopaholic for the millionth time. Because I'm one of only two people (the other being Mette) who love it to pieces.
10. Judy Garland.
Not unlike Moira in The Red Shoes, the colour of Judy Garland's hair went with the ruby slippers that became so iconic from The Wizard of Oz. Judy was born as a redhead, but went to being a brunette quite a few times in her career. However, the two films which I love her in the most - Oz and Meet Me in St Louis - feature her with beautiful auburn tresses. I imagine she caused quite a trend back in the 40s.
9. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff from Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
Scarlett Johansson is a natural blonde, but the role that she'll probably become most famous for, the ass-kicking Black Widow, has her sporting fiery locks to match her fiery skills. Being the only lady hero in The Avengers, she sure doesn't fade into the background with her mad skills or bright hair, and as we see in Iron Man 2, she isn't afraid to whip it back and forth. Plus, Scarlett's performance in The Avengers is easily her best, and possibly one of the best from a film filled with great takes on extra-skilled people.
8. Katharine Hepburn.
Once I read a biography on Katharine Hepburn and it commented on how she was just a freckly, pale, red-haired tomboy who didn't seem to be the kind that would become a movie star. She then went on to be probably the best actress in history. How could you not love her? Her sense of humour and fun approach to life has always inspired me. People always say that women with red hair have fiery personalities, and that couldn't be more true for Kate.
7. Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Cate Blanchett has donned red hair many times in her career, but my favourite flame-haired showing from her is as Daisy from David Fincher's underrated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She basically inspired me to become a redhead. Her hair is just so vibrant and long and straight and...everything I want in hair. It's so perfect.
6. Emily in The Devil Wears Prada.
Emily Blunt's performance as the straight-talking, ambitious yet bitchy Emily in The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favourite things ever. Not only does she get the coolest lines and the coolest clothes, but she has the coolest unnaturally red hair. And she totally rocks it. Emily Blunt is joining my list of one-time redheads who need to go back.
5. Julianne Moore.
Julianne is not only one of the best actresses ever, but she also wrote a children's book called 'The Freckle Faced Strawberry', basically about her experienced as a freckly redhead. That's totally awesome.
4. Brendan Gleeson.
I must admit, the guys haven't put up a strong showing in this list, so I thought it would be cool to stick Brendan Gleeson in here. Mainly because he's so awesome. I think that perhaps the best outing of the Irishman's red hair was in Braveheart as the bearded and dreadlocked Hamish. I may not have liked a lot about Braveheart, but Hamish sure was one of my favourite things about it. And Brendan Gleeson is gonna keep on being a strong advocate of ginger pride, for sure.
3. Olive Penderghast in Easy A.
Basically, I love Emma Stone. But I refrained from giving her own spot in here since she's not always flame haired (I actually prefer her as a redhead than I do as her natural hair colour blonde), and I feel like Olive, her character in Easy A, deserved to stand up here alone. Mainly because Olive is exactly the kind of person I wanna be - minus the red A and all. I mean, everyone I know wants to be Emma Stone in this movie.
2. Amy Adams.
It's hard to believe that the lovely Amy Adams was once a blonde - because now the world knows her as that lovable, bubbly redhead. I love Amy to death, and would probably kill to have her beautiful hair which started my fascination with that colour. She also evokes that old-Hollywood glamour which I love. If I was Amy Adams, I'd be very happy indeed.
1. Jessica Chastain.
A few of you are probably rolling your eyes and sarcastically thinking, "I didn't see that coming". Oh well, I can't help it if Jessica, the awesomest woman alive, is a natural redhead. I also can't help it if everyone that designs her photoshoots knows that her hair is so awesome, which makes them bring out that colour in the most beautiful ways. Oh...Jessica.
What do you think? Who are your favourite red heads in cinema?