Dance Ten, Looks Three

I am shaking my head right now.

First, Heavy D, now this.
I was in the middle of catching up on my Facebook, like you do, when I noticed a friend posted this link.
Sad, but true.

I mean, the trend is not something shocking. Come on, people. All those reality shows that are so far removed from actual reality. People who are famous for no other reason than the way they look in designer clothes. And they get paid a ridiculous amount of money to be walking commercials for clothes, shoes, perfume, whatever. But the saddest part, at least for crazy acting chicks like me, is that it almost completely dependent on whether or not they’re “hot.” Sorry, but it’s really annoying.

It’s as if all of my reservations about doing film are confirmed in this article. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not giving up what I love and surrendering good roles to the Kardashians of the world. But it’s good to know someone said what most of us actors have suspected all along.

What becomes of the movies that could have been made great, thanks to a stellar performance by a new actor who doesn’t look “perfect”? Turning down a talented actor, so they can be replaced by a lingerie model? Freaking really?!
I get it. The old adage, “Sex sells” is paramount at this point. It seems to be the only guiding star. Well, let me fill you in on something, industry.

I saw RACE last year, and James Spader, in his 50’s, with no discernible body sculpting, was the sexiest thing on that stage.
I’ve attended plays with men who don’t have chiseled bodies, 3% body fat, or what have you. What they have is skill.
For me, personally, there is NOTHING sexier to me than a talented man. And I’m sure there are plenty of women out there who agree with me. You have been taught, you’ve learned, you’ve experienced. The confidence that comes from being absolutely sure, in your heart, in your brain, in your soul that you know what you are doing. I’m sorry, that can’t be substituted with delts.
It is quite ironic that someone who doesn’t want to be judged by their looks is involved in a business where 80% of it depends on how you look. If you look right for the part, if you fit into the costume, if your height complements your co-star. It’s maddening and it’s part of the whole gig. Adjust or quit. Those are your options.

Ah, The Glamorous Life.

3 comments

  1. Jason says:

    “The confidence that comes from being absolutely sure, in your heart, in your brain, in your soul that you know what you are doing.”

    And you married ME!?

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  2. Sorare says:

    I soooo agree! It is confidence, intelligence, and talent that make men sexy! A great body is worth a quick look…after that show me some substance.

    I too saw RACE on Broadway (several times) and James Spader was incredibly sexy. He had a little bit of paunch, his hair was combed back showing just how much his hairline is in retreat and still he was sexy as sin because of his commanding presence on stage. He was definitely larger then life. After the show he would sign autographs and allow fans to take pictures with him. It was startling to realize how small of stature he is physically…maybe 5’8″ and fine boned; he looked so much bigger on stage.

    When I watch a film I want to see a talented actor who can transport me to another place, not a pin up that is only appealing in an 8×10.

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  3. Yes, Mr. “You married ME?!”
    Whether or not you will publicly acknowledge it, you have that skill in you and the confidence to back it up.
    It’s one of the things I have always loved about you and one of the things I cherish about being your wife.
    Deal with it!

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