BY CARMELA FERRO
Happy Galentine’s Day Filles! This day, only the best day of year, was coined by the lovely Leslie Knope. It’s a day where gals kick it breakfast style, leave their men behind and enjoy ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.
To kick this day off Cinefille style, I thought it’d be great to celebrate some kickass ladies from the big screen. Here are some of my favourite women who represent how to be funny, cool, inspiring and straight-up awesome, all at the same time.
This girl is irresistible! I could spend hours watching her interview clips because she is so charming and naturally hilarious. (I actually have spent hours watching them, but if you don’t have the time, check out one of many great compilations below!) She scored the awesome role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and has shown us her super talented acting chops in Winter’s Bone and the awards season favourite, Silver Linings Playbook. I’m definitely rooting for her come Oscar night, but whatever happens I’m pretty sure she’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
If you aren’t following Anna on Twitter I suggest it’s something you keep in mind. Along with being insanely cool, Anna is very funny. She was so kickass that she took a bus from Maine to New York City to go to auditions when she was just 10 years old. She was superbly brilliant alongside Clooney in Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air and knocked it out of the park in every way as Beca in Pitch Perfect. Next she’s set to star in the political thriller, The Company You Keep with Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf. I think she’s definitely going to be one to keep an eye out for.
Hailing from the land down under, Rebel Wilson is perhaps Australia’s funniest export. She broke into American mainstream as the hilarious roommate in Bridesmaids, followed by a stint in Bachelorette and then rocking the acca-world as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect. Rebel — yes, that’s her real name! — is a force to be reckoned with. She’s confident, effortfully hilarious and deserves many of the good things that are coming for her. Watch this interview and every other one to get to know more about this hilarious lady.
Before appearing onscreen Aubrey spent lots of her time interning, just like us! She was even an NBC Page while performing improv and stand-up at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’s mostly famous for her deadpan comedy style as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, but she branched out to the big screen with films like Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. She starred in her first lead role this past year in Safety Not Guaranteed. She’s another girl I could spend hours watching interviews of, even Drake thinks so too.
I’ve been watching Brittany Snow since the short-lived NBC series American Dreams. Along with some TV appearances she starred in John Tucker Must Die, Hairspray and most recently, Pitch Perfect. With more films slated for this year, this sweet little lady should definitely be on your radar. She also teamed up with MTV to launch Love Is Louder, the movement to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone and to spread the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external voices that bring us down. She’s a quirky, smart and compassionate lady and I think we can all relate to this anecdote of what it’s like to drive while listening to Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
If your Dad is Quincy Jones, it’s pretty hard to avoid being biologically awesome. She first came on my radar as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Since then, she’s popped up all over the place, most notably in The Social Network, I Love You, Man, The Muppets and every week on Parks and Recreation. She recently branched out behind the scenes co-writing and starring in Celeste and Jesse Forever. She’s all around a great lady and spends lots of her time advocating for Peace First, Stand Up to Cancer and Make Poverty History. There are lots of reasons why she’s cool, but this video of her with puppies and singing Thanksgiving inspired covers with Jimmy Fallon should be enough proof.
Who are some of your favourite leading ladies? Let us know in the comments!