Fifty Shades of Grey:Finding Ms. Steele
Last week I discussed a few of the guys that were being considered to play Fifty Shades of Grey's stud muffin...Christian Grey. One reader asked why I hadn't mentioned who was going to play Anastasia Steele? Well good question. Have to admit...it's trickier trying to talk about other females without sounding too catty...but I'll give it a go.
Naturally almost every young actress in Hollywood has been mentioned...from Scarlett Johansson...to all the chicks in Twilight... and of course even Harry Potter's Emma Watson...weird. But after doing a little bit of research on the internet...viewing articles and blogs, I found a few interesting popular picks bloggers have chosen to play the quiet, timid...and sometimes stubborn Ms. Anastasia Steele.
As before I will start with my top pick and one of the most popular on the web...my girl Natalie Portman! Ok...so I know Portman is 31, but she looks much younger than she is. Plus she has that rare mix of both classic beauty and a subtle sexiness that the character is supposed to have. And I could see her having no problem having chemistry with any of the guys we mentioned to play Grey. But besides her youthful glow and sex appeal, Portman also fits the profile best....brunette, soft-spoken, sweet and smart. She graduated from Harvard. Need I say more? And honestly who would be better suited to play the lovely, meek and mild Ms. Steele then the White Swan herself...
Certainly not the Black Swan. Which leads to one of the web top picks: Mila Kunis. Now this is just all wrong. First off, when I think innocence, Kunis does not exactly come to mind. She would be about as believable for Anastasia Steele as Megan Fox would. Now don't get me wrong...she doesn't seem like a bad person in real life, but I don't think the star of Friends With Benefits would be very believable as an inexperienced quiet college student. Kunis is 29, but looks younger than she is so I'll give her that. Still she might be a little too sexpot-ish for the role. Wasn't she on the cover of Maxim?? Yes she's a brunette, but not very sweet looking...or book smart, maybe more street smart. This is just not adding up to a believable Ms. Steele here. I think a bunch of dudes must have chosen this one.
My next pick to play Ms. Steele is the Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev. This doe-eyed cutie actress is 23, so she is the perfect age for the character. Yes she is a little bit too broody and very tall, but she has that cute innocent look about her so I think she could pull it off. Besides that, just like Portman she mostly fits the profile of Ms. Steele...brunette, sweet looking, soft-spoken and smart. And she has already proven that she can play a stubborn and sometimes annoying chick, as Elena on the Vampire Diaries. Now don't know if she's exactly sexy though, then again I'm not a guy...and I'm sure with the right Grey the chemistry could work.
Ok...who chose: Blake Lively? Short answer->No. Blake Lively is nothing like Anastasia Steele. Cute, blond cheerleader. Yes. Gossip girl. Definitely. Sexy...sure OK, to some yes. But book smart, quiet, and sweet Anastasia Steele? Don't think so. I really don't have anything else to say about this one. Moving on.
Another top web pick I've been coming across: Jennifer Lawrence. Not surprised, since the Hunger Games is what's trending right now. I don't really want to talk bad about this chica. She seems like a cool girl in the real world. Still I don't think she is a good fit for Anastasia Steele. Yes she can be mouthy, like Ms. Steele, but she is more of a tough chick and she doesn't seem feminine or fragile enough for the character. Don't see Christian Grey intimidating her. Just a wrong fit really.
Last up: Kristen Stewart...again I believe the Twi-hards are responsible for this. Now have to admit I've never really known what to think of K-Stew. She is not known for her variety of facial expressions. So let's see...she is almost the exact age and brunette...but that's about it. Doesn't appear to be the shy, sweet, book smart type. Quiet yes, but a little too angry, moody and anti-hollywood. Besides I think after her recent 'momentary indiscretion' it would be a bit hard to buy her playing the innocent, sweet and inexperienced Anastasia Steele.
So there you have it. Some of the top choices to play Ms. Steele. My picks...obviously Natalie Portman or Nina Dobrev, but like I've said before that's just my opinion. We all have our picks, but in the end it's up to Hollywood to figure out who will be cast as the better half of our steamy couple.
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