Worst BAFTA Eyeroll - Shailene Woodley
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(I should check whether I’ve done ‘worst eyeroll’ before. I feel like it’s becoming a popular category).
Let’s discuss Ms. Woodley for a second. She landed on that most…average of teen shows The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Do not try to tell me that her superlative acting talent jumped out at you, because I cannot hear it. There are many young people on shows where the material is less than the person performing it, but even if we made a list, starting with Leighton Meester at the top, Woodley would still be in the middle.
But The Descendants happened and man, don’t you think she thinks she’s the reason why? I mean, sure, George Clooney and all, but suddenly she’s hearing herself described as a revelation and is all over it.
Let’s be honest here: I’m getting only 15% of this impression from the way she looks, recently, including this BAFTA’s appearance which seems designed to remind casting directors that she’d be a great choice for some sort of young Victorian bride. How much do you want to bet she was practicing her accent on the plane ride?
Most of my exhaustion, however, comes from last week when, asked last week about those Toe Shoe runner things she wore to the Globes afterparty (which, when I first heard about her wearing toe shoes I thought we were talking about ballet slippers - click here to see said toe shoes), she said that “if people spent as much time thinking about the genocides going on in Africa and around the world as they do the shoes that actors wear to after-parties, the world would be a much more peaceful environment”.
I mean. Okay. She’s 17. I know 17 year olds say stuff and think that they are the only people in the world who have ever thought about genocide or social injustice and they think about that while wearing a 47-dollar shade of lipstick.
But if you want the kind of career you seem to? If you want to be in another George Clooney movie someday? If you want your career to involve sitting on the stage with James Lipton as he reads out embarrassing things you said when you were a kid? Take it down a notch with the self entitlement, at least until the Oscars are over. Please?
I’m pretty sure I want to try a pair of those shoes, though. Just not in public.