BY ARIANA POTICHNYJ
There has always been a crazy stigma towards television actors. Film actors don’t consider them to be real actors, because they’re not in films. Shakespearean-trained actors don’t consider them to be real actors, because they don’t speak in iambic pentameter. And musical theatre actors all want to get on TV so they can get some face-time. It’s hard to find actors now who haven’t at least been in a show and a movie or a theatre production and a movie. But there are still a few who could break on to the film side of things.
5) Eric Vale
Best known for his voice work over at FUNimation, Eric Vale can list off some of the most popular animes to hit the western world off the top of his resume. I’m not exactly sure why he hasn’t gone on to work for other companies–could be because of contracts or personal interest–but it comes as a shock that he hasn’t been suggested for Pixar work, at the very least. Vale, known best for his boisterous childish voice work, would make a great addition to any of the Pixar films. Then again, I wouldn’t have watched Hetalia or Soul Eater without hearing about him from other anime work. And as someone who hit their middle school anime phase when they were twenty, that would just be a shame.
4) Danny Pudi
Sweet Abed. Sweet, beautiful Abed. Of course, Danny Pudi is slowly being picked up for film work, now that Community is currently in the spotlight for will-they-won’t-they cancellation. Pudi will, no doubt, be showing up in comedies because of his amazing delivery and deadpan-matter-of-fact expressions. He has three films in post-production right now, and a fourth scheduled to be released in 2014. When Pudi gets a break from all his acting, he should come over and snuggle with me. I mean… No, that’s what I mean.
3) Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells, Elder Price from The Book of Mormon, Mako Tsunami from Yugioh and Chaz from Pokemon and–well, need I go on? Rannells, who most recently played Bryan Collins on The New Normal, is a multi-talented Nebraskan who seems to slowly be breaking into the film side of acting. Little by little, like the head of a new baby, he is pushing his way into the brightly lit world of film. It’d be really nice to see Rannells play a character whose entire essence of being wasn’t their sexuality, because Rannells’ abilities surpass mainstream media’s appropriation of what is an “acceptable” gay man. Fingers crossed for a Book of Mormon film adaptation with the original Broadway cast!
2) Sara Ramirez
You might know her as Dr. Callie Torres from Grey’s Anatomy, but I fell in love with Ramirez when she was the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot. She was a swing in Chicago, but the next movie musical that they cast, I feel like she should audition for something more substantial. She’s been on Sofia the First, but I have a feeling that she will either return to Broadway or she’ll go to Hollywood to make a musical movie. With her history of voice acting, she could also go on to work on animated films, which opens a whole other set of doors for her.
1) Lana Parrilla
Probably known best for her current work as The Evil Queen/Regina on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Parrilla has been one of the few actors who continues to be interesting and doing innovative work. She’s a strong presence on screen, and at times it’s a little overpowering for television. I feel like Parrilla should probably start looking at more film work, or even stage work, because the energy she gives off might just be a smidge too high for television. There is something super attractive about her, and I don’t just mean face-wise. Watching Lana Parrilla is a treat, and I would love to see her in more.