You just wait honey, you just wait

Damn, luvvies can be just so annoying. So, there’s a Guardian headline:

Patricia Arquette: ‘I don’t want to play the ingenue for ever’

To which the correct response is don’t worry honey, you won’t.

ingénue
/ˈãʒən(j)uː/
noun
an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.

Just wait a few years and you really won’t.

So, all nicely lined up to have a snarl:

“It’s really liberating,” she says. “I feel like my whole career, I’ve had to operate within boundaries of what’s a likable woman? What’s attractive to society? There were a lot of people before I did Escape at Dannemora who said: ‘Oh my God, don’t gain weight for that, don’t let them make you look like that or you won’t be able to get jobs.’ I was like: ‘I’m an actor, just let me act!’… I don’t feel that we put that on males and I don’t want to carry it around any more.

“I don’t want to be the ingenue for ever – you can’t,” she continues. “We see people my age still trying to be ingenues, and at a certain point, you look… otherworldly. How are you going to play a 50-year-old woman in the real world?” Arquette isn’t judgmental about plastic surgery (“It’s your face; you get to look like whatever you want to look like”). She just feels that it affects on-screen credibility. “If some dude who looks like he works out four hours a day plays some regular dad, I have a hard time believing that too. You’ve got to look realistic for a part like that.”

Bugger, isn’t that annoying? An actor who is actually an intellectual adult?

14 comments on “You just wait honey, you just wait

  1. Just an indication of the lengths thespians will go to to get themselves noticed. She’ll revert in time.

  2. I once saw a quote attributed to Brad Pitt which, if correct, raised him in my estimation. It was to the effect of, ‘who cares what my opinions are? I’m a grown man who wears make-up for a living’.

    I think that was in the pre-Angelina days, before he became right-on.

  3. “I don’t feel that we put that on males…”

    Well “we” do if those males are the types who are playing equivalent star eye-candy roles. They are required to be good-looking and, especially if they are action heroes, absurdly ripped.

    Male character actors can be all shapes, ages and sizes, as can character actresses.

  4. “An actor who is actually an intellectual adult?”

    Are you sure? Isn’t “Patricia” a woman’s name, even in the US?

  5. “Well “we” do if those males are the types who are playing equivalent star eye-candy roles. They are required to be good-looking and, especially if they are action heroes, absurdly ripped.”

    Not always – Liam Neeson?

    And for the truly absurdly unripped action hero cop, you only need to consider Frank Cannon.

  6. Patricia Arquette played a plump middle-aged housewife on ‘Medium’, a long-over series I’m watching right now on some obscure channel. She had a normal husband and family (in the show) with a normal non-perfect family life in an ordinary house. That in fact was the value of the series, the normality, not the theme of being able to solve crimes psychically. She has been no ingenue for a decade or two.

  7. Like rhoda, I often catch Medium on CBS Repeat ( or whatever it’s called), but they always seem to be the same episodes on a loop. There’s a lot of that on these cheapo satellite station on the farther reaches of the transponders.

    Anyway my missus was a big fan and used to say, “Let’s face it, she’s not as nice looking as her sister and in fact quite dumpy, funny teeth, horrible hair – there’s hope for us all yet.”

  8. If she’s still playing the ‘ingenue’, she should be thanking god and her parents for such great genes that she can still do that in her 50’s.

  9. “Bloke on M4
    May 27, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    BnLiA,

    True Romance. She was hotter than her sister.”

    Rosanna Arquette was looking rough from the mid-90’s to the mid 2000’s.

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