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10 Celebrities We Love Who Should Be In More Things We Like

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | August 20, 2014 | Comments ()


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Before Chris Pratt became CHRIS PRATT, he was just a nice guy who was known for charming the pants off everyone on Everwood. Then, wham, he was cast on Parks and Recreation, working a temporary role into a regular gig. From there, the rest of Hollywood realized how great he is, and gave him the roles he deserved. I mean, have you seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy? He’s f’ing great. Here are 10 actors and actresses who I love that should be in more TV shows and movies I like.

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1. Zach Gilford
Seven was sosososososo good on Friday Night Lights, not only as the goofy anti-Riggins, but as a dramatic actor, too. He gave such a memorable performance in “The Son” that fans of Gilford’s campaign for an Emmy nomination on his behalf. Alas, that didn’t happen, but it could! Set aside those horror thrillers, and get back to the emotional, personal side of your career.

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2. Olivia Wilde
There are many words to describe Olivia Wilde: badass, crazy intelligent, hilarious. She’s just a gem in real life, and everyone rightly so loves her. She should do more indie films like Drinking Buddies (except better), where she wasn’t just some The Incredible Burt Wonderstone eye candy in tight clothes.

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3. Joel Kinnaman
The Killing was GREAT for one season and terrible for the rest, but at least it introduced us to lovely Joel. He plays non-robot cops well, both in Seattle and Sweden, but let him break out of that. Don’t let the Killing rain bog you down.

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4. Anna Faris
With a famous husband like Mr. Pratt, you forget that Anna Faris was pegged to be the next best thing, too. She needs a real meaty role in a drama, not a time-consuming gig on a Chuck Lorre CBS sitcom, where she’s not led by pratfalls (heh).

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5. Jason Dohring
We know him as smoldering bad boy Logan Echolls, but that’s all we know him from. Get him another TV role a la Party Down without the cancellation.

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6. Kerry Washington
Brilliant in Django Unchained, and excellent in Scandal, but what happens in between seasons? She was great on Saturday Night Live — let that funny out more.

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7. Ben Schwartz
As fans of Parks and Recreation know all too well, the man has all the comedic genius in the world. It should be unleashed on a much larger scale.

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8. Jenna Fischer
Aside from The Office and side roles in the comedy brat pack films of the ’00s, did you know that she plays confused, odd, sadsack characters really well? See The Giant Mechanical Man (with bonus Chris Messina) for proof. Her subtle performance is something that should be employed more often.

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9. Jay Baruchel
He acts, writes, produces, directs, and does a whole lot of supporting roles, so he should use that How to Train Your Dragon money and create a lead for himself that’s funny, sweet, and weird.

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10. Jane Levy
R.I.P. Suburgatory. Jane, you’re better than About Alex, which looks like the worst parts of indie mumblecore millennial BS.




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  • Pentadactyl

    I miss Jane Levy's version of Mandy Milkovich on Shameless.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Baruchel does use his money to make quite a few other projects that may not see the light of day. I would much prefer that he stick to quality as opposed to quantity.

  • Jiffylush

    Jane Levy was amazing in the new Evil Dead, I was blown away by how great her performance was.

  • Casey Serin

    Laughing at number 2. Olivia Wilde isn't just terrible, but active box-office poison for any movie she stars in.

  • Maddy

    I really like Olivia Wilde and I really really want her to be in something good (I do still need to see Drinking Buddies)

  • Butt

    It's not a GREAT movie but she was pretty damn funny in Butter. I remember being impressed and wishing she flexed her comedic chops more often (and I mean as a front-and-center character, not some gratuitous throwaway role).

  • e jerry powell
    ...but what happens in between seasons?

    Well, babies, for starters, many many many women's empowerment seminars and a few political campaigns. Girlfriend does have a life away from show business; cut her some slack.

    I am still never forgiving Ben Schwartz. Ever. No matter how much Clyde Oberholt bites it on House of Lies.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Olivia Wilde in everything!!! Also Jay Baruchel is so great. From Undeclared to The Goon. I really hope he gets that Goon sequel going.

  • Guest

    Topher Grace. And Ben Foster.

  • Berry

    Phil and Lem. Both of them. As Phil and Lem.

  • Kala

    I want more Joel Kinnaman in my life.

    And I know plenty of people would think I'm a weirdo, but I think Jay Baruchel is so goddamn adorable that it's nearly unbearable. I find many actors very attractive, but Baruchel is the type of dude that I want to go on a date with.

  • Berry

    I agree with this whole list, but especially Jenna Fischer. I love her so, and would love to see her in something amazing. She needs her Maura Tierney in ER moment. (ER wasn't amazing till the end, but it was for a while there.)

    When it comes to Jason Dohring, the perfect solution would be more Veronica Mars, because I'm not entirely convinced he's an interesting, versatile actor outside of Logan. And a word of advice to anyone who likes him: don't make the mistake of watching his interviews, because he comes across as stupid enough to dry even the moistest of lions right up.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I do always think of Jenna Fischer and Maura Tierney in the same way. I really like Maura Tierney - I think she is a great example of a commercially successful artist, who doesn't bear the burden of being a star.

  • Berry

    They have a similar quality about them. Tierney even guest starred in The Office, but I had stopped watching at that point, so no idea what her role was. She would have been great for Pam's cool aunt or something.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aw, Tierney isn't that much older. They could be sisters. They have the same "every woman" quality to them. It doesn't hurt that they are both also my type (as in, like me, as opposed to wanting to do them. In fact, I feel narcissistic even contemplating such a thing.)

  • Berry

    An aunt who was the baby of the family? But you're right, sisters would work.

  • jptaylorsg

    After seeing him fail in so many things since, I'm starting to believe it was mostly role and writing and not so much Gilford that made Saracen/Seven so glorious. And Seven is the TV character I have been most affected by in at least the past 20 years. Ben Schwartz might just be the funniest dude in America right now. Well, Patton Oswalt, then him. Check Schwartz out on a recent Never Not Funny podcast for proof.

  • Debra Kessing

    SEAN BEAN - alive !! Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Ray McKinnon, Titus Welliver & preemptive mentions for Olyphant, Goggins, Jacob Pitts, Hunnam & Tommy Flanagan when their respective shows finish after this season -- sniff

  • Susan

    A thousand times yes on zach gilford. He was phenomenal on FNL and every time I watch "The Son" or hear the background music to the funeral scene I always feel a little pang in my heart...now if he could stop making bad horror movies....

  • Daniel Lewis

    I know he's got Birdman coming out, but I've long been calling for a Michael Keaton comeback.

  • gerald christie

    6. Kerry Washington
    Brilliant in Django Unchained, and excellent in Scandal, but what happens in between seasons? She was great on Saturday Night Live — let that funny out more.
    While I'm happy she's doing so well lately and she totally deserves it, but I can't help but feel kind of bad for her. I mean, she started out so great with terrific turns in Ray and The Last King of Scotland, only to end up on a Shonda Rhimes show…Granted, it led to a lot of nominations and attention but she definitely deserves better. She really is a terrific actress, but I seriously question her acting abilities on Scandal. I don't what happened, but she completely changed her style after S1. She's just awful in the show, always overacting and I just can't take all over the top faces.

  • Naye

    Nah. She sucked in Django too. I can get that youre scared without the over the top lip quiver Ms. Washington! Somebody needs to tell her thats just a literary thing, nobody but babies do that in real life.

  • thatstrangewoman

    I concur. Way too much " actressin' " going on. Barge in the door, overenunciate a bunch of badly written lines and staredown the opponent in the room. And scene.

  • emmalita

    If you're going to spoil an episode of Scandal, you should have the decency to put a Spoiler Alert first!

  • thatstrangewoman

    Except that it's every episode.

  • emmalita

    Yes, that was the (totally lame) joke.

  • lowercase_ryan

    *cough*

  • TotesMcGotes

    Surprised no one mentioned The Rock. I thought of him immediately after reading the title of the list.

  • ed newman

    The Rock is in plenty. Some of it is even OK.

  • Kevintw

    Lee Pace should be in everything.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Jewel Staite and Anna Torv.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Yes please

  • freetickles

    Baruchel was sort of a lead in This is the End, and Schwartz has This is Where I Leave You coming out, which despite the terrible title will be awesome and has a ridiculous cast.

  • Marc Greene

    Was Washington brilliant in Django? She's a great actress, but I remember her being grossly underused in that film.

  • Berry

    She was good with what she was given, but she wasn't given much. In my opinion.

  • narfna

    Awww, Suburgatory :( But that last scene was a gem.

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/239...

  • Nicole_OCTV

    Can I add Kate Moennig to the list? I miss Shane so much, but not enough to watch Ray Donovan.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    Seeing Jenna Fischer on here reminded me how much I loved her film 'Lollilove' - it's kind of hard to come by, I think they made it for a tiny amount of money. But she wrote it, directed it and stars in it, and it's so, so funny. It's a faux documentary about a wealthy woman who decides to become a philanthropist by starting a charity that gives lollipops to the homeless. It also features Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Judy Greer and Fischer's former husband, big-shot Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. The DVD is worth seeking out (I think I got mine on ebay) - there are a ton of bonus features that are equally hilarious.

  • dilwazr

    I also want better things for Garrett Hedlund.

  • Temmere

    I know Tron: Legacy has its detractors, but I was watching one of the special features on the DVD a while back and they were talking about how Sam Flynn was a tough role to cast. They needed someone who was good-looking (obviously), and athletic, and could be a little bit of a douche but a good guy underneath, AND seem like they were comfortable with all the high-tech stuff that was going on. And they were really happy with Hedlund. And it got me thinking, yeah, that would be kind of a tough needle to thread, but they did it with him. He was good in that role, and in On the Road, too.

    So I'm a fan.

  • Salasalu

    Saracen....sigh

  • John G.

    Hold the phone, who is this Jane Levy person? wow!

  • Mentalcase

    Yeah I only know her from the awesome Evil Dead remake but was smitten after seeing pics like that one. The camera f**king loves her face.

  • John G.

    Ben Schwartz should be in so many more things. His bits on Comedy Bang Bang are always good.

  • nightfever

    The world needs more Ben Schwartz

  • Nicole_OCTV

    Solo Bolo!!

  • Jezzer

    "The Entire Cast of 'Happy Endings.'"

    Boom. List done.

  • lowercase_ryan

    You're forgetting Kristin Ritter

  • Adrienne Marie

    Love them, especially Kinnaman, Dorhing, Baruhchel and Levy. Mostly the gorgeous men, though LOL

  • _Alexander_

    I really want a good role for Summer Glau. She is charming,fantastic and incredibly agile. I really want to see her have a regular role somewhere

    *cue the incredibly lame people who are tripping over themselves to say how she kills show. Yes boys and girls I am sure it will be original and witty the tenth millionth time it has been said

  • ed newman

    Unfortunately, she really can't act beyond being robotic. She'd be perfect for a Small Wonder remake.

  • Sirilicious

    i've mostly seen her robotic, but i enjoyed TSCC's Allison from Palmdale.

  • JuliaB

    I think basically the entire cast of FNL could populate this list. To take 3 random examples, Gaius Charles deserves so much more than Grey's Anatomy, Taylor Kitsch has had a rough run as we're all too aware, and Connie Britton's awesomeness is utterly wasted on Nashville.

  • stella

    Omg why would you bring up TheSon? Now I'm crying at work. Remember when he danced with his grandma while singing Mr Sandman?

  • Slim

    My husband walked in on me weeping to that episode. Like ugly cry. Oh, Matty.

  • Or when Coach threw him in the shower?

  • Michelle

    I DIDN'T UNTIL YOU SAID IT, DAMMIT.

  • BWeaves

    Nathan Fillion. I love the man, but I'm not overly fond of most of the stuff he's been in.

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  • Repo

    I think he's punching well below his weight with Castle, but outside of the Whedon stuff, I thought he was awesome in Slither and Waitress.

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, I liked those two, but even those could have been better.

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