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”
Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”
Rachael Taylor, “666 Park Avenue”
Jennifer Morisson, “Once Upon a Time”
Tracy Spiridakos, “Revolution”
Katie Cassidy, “Arrow”
Stephanie March, “Made in Jersey”