My Favorite Present Day Actresses

My top present day actresses (in no particular order)
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1.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Favorite movies: Monster, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Cider House Rules, Arrested Development (TV show)

The first thing I saw Charlize in was Cider House Rules when I was ten. She acted the part extremely well. In Prometheus, she was professional, pretty, and serious all at the same time. In Monster, she creeped the sh*t out of me. In Arrested Development, she was only in it for a few episodes but she was adorable and funny and I loved her. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
2.
Kat Dennings
Actress, 2 Broke Girls
Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly home-schooled...
“ Favorite Movies: Thor, Charlie Bartlett, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

To be honest, I haven't seen her in much but the movies I have seen her in, she is quite talented though I do think people get distracted by her lips and breast. (I know I did, I am a female) But, she is very talented and I think she has a bright future. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
3.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Favorite Movies: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Contagion, Flushed Away

Hands down, one of the best actresses ever. She is talented, pretty, she has her head on straight, and can play pretty much any role. She is fearless. Her role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was both funny and heart breaking. In Titanic, she shined. She has never let me down. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
4.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ Favorite Movies: V for Vendetta, Star Wars Episodes 1,2,3, Black Swan, Thor

Since I saw her in Star Wars as a kid, Natalie has always been one of my favorites. In V for Vendetta, she was absolutely brilliant and no one else could have pulled it off like she did. In Black Swan, she was absolutely amazing and she deserved that Oscar she got for the role. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
5.
Christina Ricci
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish descent...
“ Favorite Movies: Sleepy Hollow, Monster, Pan Am (TV series), The Addams Family, The Addams Family Values

Christina is charming in literally any role she plays. In Sleepy Hollow, she blew me away with her charm. In Monster, along side Charlize Theron, she was brilliant and proved her talent. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
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“ Favorite Movies: Criminal Minds (TV show)

Criminal Minds is the only thing I have seen Paget in but she is by far one of my favorites. She is talented, fearless, pretty, and funny. I also saw her on Two and a Half Men but she was on for only one episode. In interviews, she seems to be so down to earth. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
7.
Mena Suvari
Mena Alexandra Süvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island to Candice (Thompson), a nurse, and Ando Süvari, a psychiatrist. Her father was Estonian and her mother is of Greek, English, and German descent. Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870 and had early aspirations of becoming an archaeologist before moving to Charleston...
“ Favorite Movies: American Beauty, American Horror Story (TV shows, 2 episodes),

Granted, I have only seen her in two things but Mena is another actress who has blown me away. She is charming, witty, and attractive. In AHS, she played Elizabeth Short (AKA The Black Dahlia) and played it extremely well. It is one of my favorite performances from that show. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
8.
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ Favorite Movies: The Harry Potter Movies, Ballet Shoes

Emma has stunned me since her career started. She is extremely talented and I think the most talented one to move on from the Harry Potter movies. She is intelligent, charming, beautiful, she has her head screwed on tight, and is practically flawless. She is, and always will be, Hermione. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
9.
Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry...
“ Favorite Movies: What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Due Date (wasn't in it for long but she was funny), Natural Born Killers, The Switch

The first movie I saw her in was Due Date. I didn't know it was her until a couple months ago after I saw What's Eating Gilbert Grape but she was very funny in it. In WEGG, she was witty, pretty, and had a certain charm to her. Her and Johnny Depp had a beautiful connection in that movie and is one of my favorite on-screen couples. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
10.
Jennifer Lawrence
America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook). Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch)...
“ Favorite Movies: The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, House at the End of the Street, Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class,

Jennifer is one of my favorite young actresses. She is really the only one I can picture growing into something great. She is funny, extremely attractive, and down to earth and, like Emma Watson, has her head high. She is a role model to me and to many others. I am going to say this, probably get some hate for it, but I personally think she will be the next Meryl Streep. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
11.
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Favorite Movies: The Fighter, The Muppets, Trouble with the Curve, Doubt

Amy Adams succeeds to impress me every time. She had a flair to her in The Fighter and is one of my favorite female characters. She is funny, down to earth, and one of the most talented actresses of our time. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
12.
Olivia Wilde
Actress, Rush
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. Starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn...
“ Favorite Movies: House M.D. (TV show), TRON: Legacy (the only good part of that movie for me)

Along with being one of the most attractive women on this list, she is very, very talented. In House, she stunned me. Olivia is fearless, on and off screen. Personally, I think she would make a fantastic Wonder Woman. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
13.
Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ Favorite Movies: Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, Big Fish

Beautiful, talented, sweet-Those are the words that comes to mind when I think about Marion. The first movie I saw her in was Big Fish a long time ago. I loved her in it. In Inception, she was charming. In The Dark Knight Rises, she pulled me in with her grace and beauty. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
14.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ Favorite Movies: Fight Club, Harry Potter (5,6,7 part 1,7 part 2), The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Planet of the Apes, Corpse's Bride

I use to hate this woman. But now, I love her. After seeing her in The King's Speech, I fell in love. And now that I am much more mature, watching her in the Harry Potter movies as Bellatrix, she blows me away. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
15.
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish...
“ Favorite Movies: Edward Scissorhands, Black Swan, Girl, Interrupted, Star Trek (2009), Little Women, Beatlejuice, Mr. Deeds

I love her. Literally. I saw her in Beatlejuice as a kid and ever since, I have loved her. In Little Women, she made me cry. In Mr. Deeds, she made me laugh. She is by far one of my favorites. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
16.
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek...
“ Favorite Movies: Shutter Island, My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, Wendy and Lucy, Dawson's Creek (TV show)

My older sisters use to watch Dawson's Creek a lot when I was little. I remember that pretty blonde and I am amazed by her performances now. She was so believable in Brokeback Mountain and Shutter Island. I can't wait to see her in OZ: The Great and Powerful. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
17.
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Favorite Movies: Changling, Girl, Interrupted, Shark Tale, Salt, Alexander (She was abnormally beautiful in that movie)

Along with being inhumanly pretty, Angelina is a role model. She is generous, true to herself, and she doesn't give a rats ass what people think. Her beauty is beyond what I can imagine. She even looks fantastic without make up. In Alexander, her performance is lovely. In Changling, she is extremely believable. In Girl, Interrupted, she stole the show. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
18.
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
“ Favorite Movies: Thelma and Louise,The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, That's My Boy, The Lovely Bones

She blows me away in literally everything she is in. In That's My Boy, she is extremely funny (even though she wasn't in it for long), in Jeff, who lives at home, she makes a believable mother of an immature man and a professional one. She is amazing in Thelma and Louise ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
19.
Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress, Frequency
Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from Stephens College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy...
“ Favorite Movies: LOST (TV show), Revolution (TV show), V (TV show), Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Elizabeth Mitchell is the definition of perfect. She is adorable, funny, down to earth, and talented. In LOST, she is mind blowing and one of my favorite characters. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
20.
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
“ Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko, Stranger Than Fiction

Maggie is fearless both on and off screen. She made me laugh in Donnie Darko and my me cry,when she died, in The Dark Knight when she portrayed Rachel Dawes. Anyone who says she wasn't as good as Katie Holmes's Rachel is an idiot. Maggie is 10x the actress than Katie will ever be. ” - LenoreRoseKnight
 
21.
Mae Whitman
Mae was born in Los Angeles, California to Pat Musick, a voice artist, and Jeffrey Whitman, a personal manager and set construction coordinator. She began her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial. Whitman attended Ribét Academy, a private preparatory school in Los Angeles. She was later transferred to Whitefish Bay High School, where she graduated...
“ Favorite Movies: Parenthood (TV show), Arrested Development (TV show)

I have only seen her in Parenthood and Arrested Development but she is extremely talented. I can relate to her character on Parenthood and she is so true to herself. Mae is full of spunk and unique and I love that about her. ” - LenoreRoseKnight