10 August 2010
Out-of-this-world celebrity crushes
Hometown: Born in Palo Alto, Calif., to Italian immigrant parents, according to her Wikipedia profile. Her birth name was "Toreson," and she used that name until 2007.
Best Known For: Playing the mama of all Cylons (or so she appears) on Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica that also stars fellow celebrity crush Magda Apanowicz; posting regularly on Twitter; and various lewd behavior and states of undress in the works of photographer/videographer Tyler Shields.
Humble Beginnings: She got a gig at age 8 or 9 doing interviews between cartoons on The WB and appeared in some kids fare -- Even Stevens, a made-for-Disney movie called Going to the Mat and Malcolm in the Middle -- as well as appearing on more grown-up fare such as JAG and Arrested Development before she was 18.
Why Ye Olde Podcaster Likes Her: She pulls off two characters on Caprica -- dead poor-little-rich girl Zoe (mainly in flashbacks) and an artificial intelligence based on Zoe that initially exists in cyberspace and is later trapped inside a Cylon body. And her mix of brattiness, zealotry, foolhardiness and growing compassion -- at least the artificial Zoe -- is fascinating to watch. Plus, her exhibitionist streak.
Credits: Caprica - Season 1 (Amazon | iTunes) * Caprica pilot (unrated) (Amazon | iTunes) * CSI, Season 9 - Turn, Turn, Turn (Amazon | iTunes) * Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 1 - The Turk (Amazon | iTunes) * Bones, Season 3 - The Santa in the Slush (Amazon | iTunes) * The War at Home - The Bigger They Come (Amazon | iTunes)
Hometown: Inverness, Scotland, according to her Wikipedia profile.
Best Known For: A small, character-driven English program called Doctor Who, barely noticed here in America. I'm not sure why she's on this list. (But I should also note that the childhood version of her character on that show was played by a cousin named Caitlin Blackwood.)
Humble Beginnings: Urm ... well ... she went from modeling to ensemble sketch comedy to one of the biggest science fiction shows in the world in the space of about three years.
She appeared in the fourth (modern) series of Doctor Who, actually, playing an oracle at Pompeii in an adventure featuring Tenth Doctor David Tennant and Catherine Tate as his companion, before landing the gig as companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor.
Why Ye Olde Podcaster Likes Her: She's a young actress, just getting started, so I give her a little slack for the less than perfect moments. The red hair and those legs are probably clouding my perception a bit, but I embrace my male weak-mindedness.
Credits: Doctor Who, Season 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * New Town Killers (Amazon | iTunes) * Doctor Who, Season 4 - The Fires of Pompeii (Amazon | iTunes) * Harley Street - Pilot (Amazon | iTunes) * Rebus, Series 3 - Question of Blood (Amazon | iTunes)
Hometown: The English city of Brighton, according to her Wikipedia profile.
Best Known For: Griffiths is mainly known in America -- to the extent she's known at all -- for playing Marian on the most recent TV series based on the legend of Robin Hood. Her Marian was strong-willed, smart, and in many ways the best part of the series -- especially in her scenes with Jonas Armstrong's Robin Hood and, perhaps even more so, with Richard Armitage's Sir Guy of Gisborne.
Humble Beginnings: Children's theatre work included chorus appearances in Otello and La Boheme. Pre-Robin Hood TV work included the supernaturally tinged thriller series Sea of Souls.
Why Ye Olde Podcaster Likes Her: As I said: Her acting on Robin Hood impressed, especially playing the triangle between Marian and Robin and Guy. She also rocked the corset at about an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10.
But she was also quite credible as a rest stop waitress trapped in a loveless engagement in Collision, and there was nary a corset in sight, so I'm pretty sure I judged THAT performance purely on the acting.
Credits: Collision (Amazon | iTunes) * Robin Hood, Series 3 (Amazon | iTunes) * Robin Hood, Series 2 (Amazon | iTunes) * Robin Hood, Series 1 (Amazon | iTunes) * Sugar Rush, Series 2 (Amazon | iTunes)