1) Meryl Streep –
In my eyes, she should be at the top of everyone’s list. Her career began in the 70s, and has never slowed since. She is the one actress that almost every other film lover or actor mentions as someone who they admire. While many may see her as untouchable, the stories you hear about her behind the scenes suggest that she’s in fact the opposite and once you begin to watch more behind the scenes and interview footage, it’s clear to see that she’s sweet, hilarious and full of fun. Her films have covered almost every genre possible, and she has mastered a vast array of characters, stories and even accents!
She’s super smart, and a huge influence in the feminist movement, as she’s known for standing up and supporting causes she believes in, which is important, as she’s a woman of power who can help voice and encourage a further movement. It’s clear that she’s always worked hard and manages to be the queen of sass while also the biggest dork at the same time. The video below shows she’s had her setbacks too, but now with countless awards she proves you can’t let it stop you!
My 3 favourite films: Mamma Mia, It’s Complicated & Devil Wears Prada.
2) Jennifer Aniston –
After rising to fame in the 90s, she’s been a girl to win the worlds heart, especially with her iconic place as Rachel Green on FRIENDS, she became the gal pal we all wanted. She’s an icon in the land of chick flicks, but she’s gradually branching out of that genre and proving her acting ability with the likes of Cake (2015), Derailed (2005) and the upcoming The Yellow Birds (2016).
Aside from her career, as a person I think she epitomises the best friend we all want, with her raw sweetness and honesty. She’s had her dark times, but used it to strengthen her, as demonstrated in the clip below where she proves she’s not afraid to make fun of herself and fight back. Also, between herself and her husband, Justin Theroux, they have rescued a total of 7 dogs over the year, reiterating that she has huge heart that’s full of love. She’s also a huge supporter of various charities, including St Judes and animal sanctuaries.
My 3 favourite films/shows: Marley & Me, We’re The Millers & F.R.I.E.N.D.S
3) Julia Roberts –
She burst onto the scene as a young woman in the 80s with her wildly red and curly hair, beaming smile and infectious laugh and made everyone fall in love. Her ability to switch between a variety of roles, she flits perfectly between the badass female and the sweetheart of rom-coms.
She’s great because she’s often promoting and supporting important causes, such as the recent “Nature is Speaking” campaign, where she lent her voice and acted as ‘Mother Nature’ but aside from that, she’s very giving, creative (she knits!), and she’s seriously funny with a great heart, as shown below.
My 3 favourite films: Pretty Woman, Eat Pray Love & Notting Hill
4) Helena Bonham Carter –
Her career began in the 80s and has been successful since, but despite her success, I actually believe HBC is hugely underrated because she is often visualised as only playing ‘kooky’ characters or several Tim Burton films, and while that’s partly true, she has done so much more than that. Similar to Streep, very few roles of hers have been the same and her look is completely different for every character.
I think her style is what makes her unique, she’s never been afraid to stand out from the crowd and doesn’t care what people think. This has always been a message she’s believed in and promoted, which I think is important and (although comically) she reiterates that in the video below. She’s also very smart, kindhearted and funny.
My 3 favourite films: Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables & Suffragette
5) Sandra Bullock –
With her fame picking up in the 90s, she quickly became a favourite badass female lead taking on roles like Speed, Miss Congeniality and The Heat, this woman is one not to be messed with! Sometimes her demeanour can seem tough, but she’s a sweetie and goofball at heart.
However she’s also highly intelligent, an excellent speaker that gives great advice, as shown below. As loosely mentioned earlier, I also admire the fact she often plays the tough and fierce ladies, because it represents female power. Her two children are adopted too, but she’s a brilliant mother to them and I think it’s amazing that she’s given them a great life.
My 3 favourite films: The Proposal, The Heat & Two Weeks Notice
Other notable mentions include: Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt, Emma Thompson, Gemma Arterton, Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Anderson, Emilia Fox, Julie Andrews, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Finally, I just want to end on the fact that there are so many great women out there, both in the creative industries and away from, so get behind them and let yourself be endlessly inspired! And let me know, is there an actress who inspires you?