Beyond the Books: September 15, 2016

Welcome back to my response to this week’s


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She posts a prompt/question every week (mostly non-book related), and it gives an opportunity to blog.

Your celebrity crush

I really am not a huge “celebrity crush” person.  There are no actors I think are “dreamy” or “handsome” or “insertadjectivehere”.  Rather, there are actors (and actresses) that I enjoy watching and I admire.  I think I’ll list them instead!

  • Viola Davis:  I mean, have you not seen the TV show How to Get Away With Murder?  Viola plays an amazingly strong and complicated woman. Her portrayal of Annalise is one of outer strength, inner turmoil, and all around awesomeness.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch the first two seasons and get ready for season 3!
  • Emily Deschanel:  Gotta go to my other strong, smart, wonderful leading lady – BONES herself.  Emily’s Temperance Brennen has grown from a strictly logical (and sometimes socially clueless) anthropologist to half of a husband-wife-friends crime-fighting super squad.  It has been amazing to watch 10 years of these actors growing, finding their characters, and making them question themselves.  We get a final 1/2 season (shortened 11th season).  If you haven’t seen Bones, (1) where have you been for the last decade? and (2) watch it!
  • Maggie Smith:  I have always loved Mother Superior from the Sister Act films.  Then I saw this amazing woman play Wendy in Hook.  Then I discovered she was Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films.  At this point, I am over the moon about her comedic timing and ability to play the straight (wo)man as well as the witty one.  Finally, I discovered that she was the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey.  She made that show!  A-MAZE-ING!  I also saw a few scenes of her in Othello as a younger woman.  I can’t rave enough about this awesome actress!  Watch something, anything, that she is in.  You will not be disappointed!
  • Jennifer Lawrence:  My final celebrity fave is Jennifer Lawrence, aka Katniss Everdeen.  I fell in love with the Hunger Games books, and the movies have not disappointed.  Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress who makes me believe that she is Katniss.  Her growth and poise throughout the four film series is amazing.  Also, who can forget her Oscar’s trip?  Gotta love a funny, smart, hilarious woman!

Well, that’s it from my  celebrity land here!  As you can see, I love to watch strong female characters being played by strong, amazing women.  Who are your faves?  Got something I should watch?  Let me know!


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