Friday, February 10, 2012

Favorite Scene-Stealing Female Characters

The supporting characters in books and film matter just as much as the stars. These characters, if they're really good, steal the show or "chew scenery". I thought it would be fun to review my favorite supporting players and start with the girls since I almost always start with the guys. So, here we go:

Pam and her "maker" Eric.
Pam, True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse Series -- who doesn't just love snarky and sensitive Pam. Sensitive you ask? Yes, when she cries over the potential demise of her maker Eric Northman, you see all of the love come out. She's a good girlfriend, too. She helps baby vamp Jessica in True Blood by providing her with "girl" talk and advice on how one disposes of a body. Her endless snarky comments make her fun and funny. Of course, I've more than admired her great lines. Who could ever forget: "Sookie and her stupid name and precious fairy vagina. I'm so over Sookie!" Anything Pam says is sure to be mostly pithy, fun and dead-on point. Book Pam is great, too. When she and Eric start smacking each other around in Dead Reckoning, you're amazed and shocked and figure something terrible is brewing for Pam to be battling with her beloved maker. Let's face it, Eric Northman wouldn't be half as fun and interesting if he didn't have Pam by his side.

Lenore, Hung -- wow! She's a piece of work, but whenever she's in a scene you can't keep your eyes off of her. The redhead and vixen trumps Tonya at every turn, but since Tonya's nobody's fool, she always seems to turn it back around. I will never forget the stunning and priceless episode where Tonya steals Lenore's pooch in order to hold it over her head. By the end of the dognapping episode, Tonya shows up at her door with the dog only to have Lenore once more trump her by opening the door with a new version of the dog in her arms. That episode was hysterical! I cracked up. Lenore definitely made the entire show Hung stand out ... too bad it got canceled.

Amy's former secretary-turned-executive rival, Enlightened -- this young gal, who I also spotted at the Oscar Valentine party, this week is a terse, uptight little bitch with a strained smile and a fake support of our heroine Amy. Her name is alluding me at the moment, but I did spot the actress and I didn't have time to go up and give her much-deserved praise for her portrayal of a conniving underling who mocks her tormented former boss. She represents every back-biting junior you can imagine in corporate America. And this actress plays her with such a tense, biting energy. You just don't like her! And that's great acting.


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