“5 Canadian Actresses You Should Know”
By Michael Aaron Gallagher
When it comes to the multi-billion dollar U.S. entertainment industry, Canada provides some of best actors, musicians and models in the world. From swimmer, turned print model, Estella Warren (who once represented fashion designer Perry Ellis) to television actresses like Evangeline Lilly (who stars on ABC’s “Lost”), there is no question that the diverse landscape of the television and film industries just wouldn’t be the same without the contribution of Canadian talent.
The following is a list of five Canadian actresses who have not only grabbed the attention of magazine editors for their extraordinary beauty, but who have also shown audiences they are stars with exceptional theatrical prowess and box-office potential:
1. Elisha Cuthbert – Born in Calgary, Alberta, Cuthbert is perhaps best known for her television role as Kim Bauer on the Fox drama “24.” In addition to being featured in Maxim and FHM magazines, she has starred in such films as “House of Wax” (2005) with Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton, “The Girl Next Door” (2004), and “Love Actually (2003), alongside Hugh Grant. In 2007, she delivered one of her best performances to date as Jennifer Tree in the heart-pounding thriller “Captivity.” Whether she is entertaining audiences in action-packed scenes or she is playing the attractive girl next door, Cuthbert has proven she has the skill and beauty to become a top earner in Hollywood.
2. Jessica Lucas – Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Lucas continues to get noticed for her television appearances on major network shows in the United States. Not only has she guest starred on the CW’s “90210,” but she has also played on the hit CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Her movie roles include the hilarious teen comedy “She’s the Man” (2006) starring Amanda Bynes, and the thrilling, albeit unusual “Cloverfield” (2008), an Americanization of the classic Japanese monster-movies by the incomparable J.J. Abrams. There is no question Lucas has the allure to continue to be a major motion picture star, and with the right movie role could become a household name.
3. Kristin Kreuk – Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kreuk once played Laurel Yeung in the CBC television show “Edgemont,” while also starring as Lana Lang on the CW’s “Smallville.” In addition to her television roles, she has appeared in the films “Partition” (2007) and “EuroTrip” (2004). Her unique style and budding confidence in front of the camera sets her apart as one of the most capable actresses on the CW. In fact, I was once so impressed with her work on “Smallville” and in the television movie “Snow White” (2001) that I included her as the top choice to star in a film I planned to one day make, a script that I first began working on when I was in high school. Although that screenplay has been tucked away on a shelf for almost a decade, if the timing is right and the opportunity arises to make the film, there is a role written exclusively for her. Kreuk is an outstanding actress in a part she has undeniably outgrown. There is no question she belongs on the big screen, and when “Smallville” makes its final curtain call, look for her to continue to deliver a variety of solid, dramatic performances.
3. Rachel Blanchard – Born in Toronto, Ontario, Blanchard is an actress you may recognize, even if you haven’t heard her name before. Although she is perhaps best known for her role as Cher in the TV series “Clueless,” she also guest starred on the HBO original series “Flight of the Conchords,” as well as the CW show “7th Heaven” (originally airing on the WB). During her career, she has played in several major motion pictures, including “Snakes on a Plane” (2006), “Road Trip” (2000) and “Adoration” (2008). With a solid career of performances behind her and the potential to play even more memorable characters in the future, look for Rachel Blanchard to continue to shine, as her upcoming film “Overnight” hits theaters in 2009.
4. Martha MacIsaac – With her role as Becca in “Superbad” (2007) putting her on the Hollywood map, the adorable MacIsaac is an understated actress with the ability to be both funny and charming. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, MacIsaac has appeared in numerous television roles as well as the film “Ice Princess” (2005). Look for her to star in the upcoming films “The Thaw” (2009) and Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” (2009), where she will no doubt establish herself as a name to remember.
From being featured in the pages of some of the hottest magazines on newsstands to the energy they bring to the silver screen, Elisha Cuthbert, Kristen Kreuk, Martha MacIsaac, Rachel Blanchard, and Jessica Lucas are without doubt some of the best Canadian actresses in Hollywood. As rising stars in Hollywood, their engaging performances and movie-star beauty will continue to bring audiences back to the theater again and again.
“Five Canadian Actresses You Should Know”
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