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Which 2 of These 7 New Blonde Network Drama Actresses Are the Most Interchangeable?

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | September 18, 2012 | Comments ()


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Over on Slate yesterday, Alyssa Rosenberg wrote a piece the Rise of the Bland, Female Action Actress, singling out "Revolution's" Tracy Spiridakos, noting that she was a cardboard version of Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen. She notes that Spiridakos' character, if successful, could lead to a rise in personality-deprived female action actresses, in the same way that we've recently seen the rise of of bland, boring men like Taylor Kitch (oh, bite your tongue, Alyssa .... oh, wait. Nevermind) and Jason O'Mara.

Before I read the piece, however, I assumed that Rosenberg would addressing the sudden influx of bland, interchangeable blonds on network television. I've watched a few of these shows, and seen previews for others, and I'm having a hell of a time telling the cookie cutout blondes apart. It's not just that they mostly lack for personality; there's no actual personality to their faces. They're just kind of these blank, Scandinavian slates. (Conversely, the new blonde faces on network sitcoms are far more distinctive and interesting: Lucy Punch, Georgia King, Dakota Johnson, Dreama Walker, and Erinn Hayes).

Don't believe me? Check out seven of network drama's new and newer faces? How many could you interchange without ever knowing?

Jordana Spiro, "Mob Doctor"

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Emily VanCamp, "Revenge"

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Rachael Taylor, "666 Park Avenue"

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Jennifer Morisson, "Once Upon a Time"

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Tracy Spiridakos, "Revolution"

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Katie Cassidy, "Arrow"

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Stephanie March, "Made in Jersey"

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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    You could give me their name tags, fingerprints and dental records and they'd still be interchangeable.

  • When they both have similar hair, I find it almost impossible to tell Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin apart.

  • trick

    You must hate blond women to say that, all of this sucks !!!! most of these actresses are unknow for me, but JMo is one of the best actresses on TV, she is not interchangeable at all.

  • Shadow

    Jennifer Morrison is a good actress till now she´s never played a boring character, she was the best female doctor on Dr House the show went from bad to worse when the first team was broken and specially when JMo and Lisa left the show, so instead of talking about her you must talk about Olivia because all the characters she´s played till now are the same she always has the same boring way of acting there´s no difference between 13 and any other character she´s played because all her caharacters has the same stone face !!!
    Unless JMo´s characters are different, Zoey is diferent from Emma and she´s diferent from Cameron, so how many actresses can play diferent characters without being boring or extremely boring ? In my opinion she´s a good actress, but not a perfect actress though.

  • csb

    Jordana Spiro and Tracy Spiridakos

  • Quatermain

    Tracy Spiridakos looks like a powered down sex robot in that picture. As for the rest, I don't know that I'd say they were interchangable, but they would, with the exception of Jennifer Morrison and Stephanie March, probably give me a case of the who's-that-girl-she-looks-familiars.

  • snapnhiss

    Emily VanCamp is very distinctive... she's the only one with dark eyes in this group and she hasn't had her rather prominent nose whittled down. I greatly admire her for that.

  • Even Stevens

    I love Jordana Spiro from her My Boys days (seriously underrated show with bonus Jim Gaffigan). And Emily VanCamp can bring some serious bitchface, I wouldn't step to her.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I've never been able to figure out why Katie Cassidy a) looks about 33 and b) seems to be completely okay with it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    First of all, several of these aren't even new. Jennifer Morrisson and Stephanie March have been around for a while.

    Secondly, too bad if you can't tell them apart. That's a stupid basis for judgement. Look closer, instead of just seeing what you imagine you'll see. They are all classically pretty, and that's not a defect. Whatever personality they bring to their actual characters is what matters.

  • amylu

    I agree with you about interchangeable blonde actresses, but these examples in particular don't work for me because I recognize everyone from various projects. And each of these ladies are pretty distinctive looking (and sounding in Jordana Spiro's case) except for Rachael Taylor, who is absolutely gorgeous but in a dime-a-dozen, cookie cutter way. In that photo, Taylor looks like an exact replica of Kimberly Caldwell who looks like an exact replica of Elisha Cuthbert.

  • 7 you say? You mean like...7 different pictures of the same person? Or...what?

  • thorn

    Are you blind? All of them are diferent !!!

  • googergieger

    I thought this was going to be Fox News levels of interchangeable bad. But this is just hot bitches on bad shows. I mean to be fair not my level of expertise. The hot bitches, not the bad shows. Quite an expert on bad shows. I used to watch Coach.

    Wait what are you guys doing with that tar and those feathers?

  • Lipton

    Spiridakos played one half of a pair of incestuous werewolf twins on the American Being Human. So she's got that going for her.
    I'm very ambivalent about Katie Cassidy being cast as Dinah Lance.Cassidy has yet to prove that she's worthy enough to fill out Black Canary's fishnets. At least being a female comic book fan (and a DC one to boot) means I have lots of experience having my soul crushed.

  • e jerry powell

    I'd like to see Bobby Flay try to interchange for Stephanie March. He'd get the beatdown of a lifetime.

  • simplysarah

    Emily Van Camp isn't interchangable or new. Jennifer Morrison isn't either.
    Katie Cassidy was on Harper's Island (so not new either), better as a brunette.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Revenge is Emily Van Camps third successful long running show, she's been around for about a decade. Hardly makes her a new actress, never mind an interchangeable one.

  • BabyBearStrikesAgain

    I'll always remember her from Everwood

  • APOCooter

    I STILL have a crush on Emily VanCamp because of that show.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Okay, so first, glad to know that's not just me.

    Second, dibs.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I love this new Fox News line up.

  • I am sure that Fox has a memo establishing the inverse relationship between the quality of physical allure and the truthiness of the lines they are paid to read.

  • Archie Leach

    For some reason I do not think it's tragic that I have never heard of these women nor the shows as I don't watch television outside of PBS.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Shut your mouth about Emily VanCamp and Jennifer Morrison!

    JM shouldn't be blond though.

  • Kate at June

    Huh? Jordan Spiro, Emily VanCamp, Jennifer Morrison, and Stephanie March, at least, have been around for quite some time.
    I think their faces are distinctive, but possibly only because they've been around for the greater part of a decade?
    The others look a little more interchangeable to me, in a Maxim model way.

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    I guess it depends on how much you identify them from previous work or watch their current shows. For example, Jennifer Morrison sticks out because she was on House, the same is true for Stephanie March and SVU. And Emily VanCamp is distinctive to me, because I'm an avid Revenge fan. The others, however, are somewhat interchangeable. Though Jordana Spiro was familiar-looking, and when I looked her up on IMDb, my reactions was, "Oh yeah, she was on My Boys."
    But I get what you're saying about too many similar-looking blonde actresses.

  • Greedy

    When did Stephanie March turn into the female Robert Z'Dar?

  • L.O.V.E.

    She's the blond Cobie Smulders.

  • Zuffle

    Cordelllllllllllll...

  • MurderBot

    I don't know what Made in Jersey is but Stephanie March was always a radiant beam of sunlight on SVU. Well, for me anyway.

  • valerie

    EXACTLY! This list is pretty off base.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Is it just me, or do Jennifer Morrison and Malin Akerman share a face? Side-by-side comparison is no help. I find it completely impossible to tell them apart.

  • Strand

    I've always thought Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin looked similar, the fact that they're now on a show together doesn't help.

  • blorft

    Meanwhile, I think brunette Jennifer Morrison and Emily Deschanel look really similar.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I have the same problem with blonde Rachel McAdams and Elizabeth Banks.

  • Jezzer

    Holy crap, you ain't wrong.

  • michaelceratops

    What are you talking about, none of these bright young talents can be mistak-- Oh. Wait. Yeeeeaaaaah.

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