Here in Australia it is like we only have a pool of 30 actors – there are so many fabulously creative people here in Oz that are limited in work due to the choice of the same actors being cast in everything and the lack of diversity.
There are some fabulous actors that deserve the right to be cast in multiple things, but what about shaking it up and making it interesting – So many times we are exposed to the same actor – with the same HAIR DO like that walked of one set into another – Just look at some of the examples here
Packed to the Rafters – modern dayLove Child – Based in the 60s & 70sThe Wrong Girl – modern day
This is the actor Jessica Marais – who has appeared in three TV series, the IT girl, I can understand, she’s a beautiful girl – but there’s been no sense of changing the appearance for the sake of character, whether that’s a personal choice or one from the Director’s the lack of change inspires most of us to have a lack of interest in the characters portrayed.
As a former hairdresser changing the hairstyle changed the person, changes your reaction to the person and makes you intrigued as to what’s happening, why the change, same with actors – It always peeks your curiosity the minute they appear different to what we have come to see them as.
Look at the fabulous Allison Janney who is killing it at the moment with the accolades she’s receiving for I,Tonya – the willingness to go all the way as a character from head to toe
Allison Janney Allison Janney as LaVona Fay Golden in I,Tonya
If Allison went in looking as she generally does – would she convey the same emotion, yes, but there would be the obvious lack of believeability. Amazing how a different hairstyle can change the person and the character.
I like people that give it there all in pursuit of art – Not the Jared Leto method acting way but the ones that like to go bare exposing the flaws to aplomb, playing characters that from the outset look interesting, characters that we want to know more about and become invested in for example the fabulous Michael Caine
Jared Leto, according to him went “all the way” with the Joker, tormenting his fellow cast members, staying in character…wank,wank I mean blah, blah… Saying “The Joker doesn’t know boundaries and wants to push them” – Well here is well you are wrong Jared, the Joker has always known boundaries and knew exactly what he was doing in his menace…Look at the fabulous Caesar Romero as The Joker for example, the facial expression vs Jared’s over exaggerated interpretation – which character would you invest your time in..
There’s power in the stillness, there is power in not overdoing it – Jared goes too far to the point you can see him acting..He’s like the person who wants bleach blond hair and bleaches and bleaches to get it as white as possible until it snaps off and looks terrible..That’s Jared to me – As an actor he makes a better singer.
In my hairdressing days you would have the regulars that would come in every six weeks for a tint and it would be the same boring brown colour that they’d been having for the last 18 years, akin to the people that never want to be any happier than what they are, they never want to be sadder than what they are – Then there’s people that like the same routine because it’s comfortable. I often think about this in the acting realm – People play it far too safe, they want to look the same so people can still see it’s them.
I love how Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us with just his facial hair and the way he wears his hair looks like Jack Pearson in every era at that particular age, he, like Cesar Romero it’s all in the face
The most fabulous thing as an actor and perfomer is about exploring and developing new characters, from head to toe – How do they think, what are they conveying, a lot of people will argue that the actors I mentioned like Jessica Marais and Jared Leto do the same – For me I’m yet to see it – Like the lady who comes into the salon and says I’m thinking of a new colour and walks out with the same colour…which in their mind is different because they chose it of the colour chart.
Josie P x