She’s been called a performer with a boundless range and MAYA SANSA has proven to exude the omnipotent talent that goes above just her looks. Of Persian-Italian heritage, MAYA can be considered as one of Europe’s compelling and effusive actresses. In 2000, she was included in the prestigious Shooting Stars by the European Film Promotion which lauds the best young European talents and for me, it holds such fascination as many of the winners have gone to achieve fame. With MAYA being one of the riveting stars appearing in the complex Italian Drama “Dormant Beauty”, it’s fitting we built up excitement for this precious Bella. Alongside the formidable Isabelle Huppert, she’s just as excellent at crafting an emotional bond with audiences. “Dormant Beauty” is screening at the Miami International Film Festival 2013 where you’ll be able to watch her playing Rossa, suicidal drug addict. Just as she catches the eye of a doctor in the film, MAYA who is the essence of captivation will endear herself to the masses.
As a fan, it’s heartening to know there’s a wealth of screen sirens all over the world and I’m now making it a point to connect with those from Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland as well as the Nordic countries. With MAYA, she’s been enticing us from the start, her breakthrough role as a innocent yet seductive nurse in Marco Bellochio’s “LA BALIA” led to her rapid rise. Her upcoming feature “Alceste à bicyclette (Cycling With Moliere)” sees MAYA going the arthouse route as a divorcee called Francesca, the love interest of the dramedy where she converses in French throughout. It’s no exaggeration to admire the romanticism instilled by Italian actresses and MAYA has proven to be mesmerizing each time.
MARITA GOMSRUD is a stunning Norwegian up and comer with a phenomenal comeliness we know to be fervently adored. I love how she regards herself as a creative artistic free spirit and this Scandinavian beauty emanates such sweetness, it’s a big part of why she’s mesmerizing. Her role in “Sementemala” is one of youthful beguilement and as Annie the heroine of the feature, she nails the virginal sparkle of her character. She’s also appeared alongside Troian Bellisario in “Pleased To Meet You”, a dramedy which had limited release in Germany last year. As most in Asia already know, famed for her turn as Spencer Hastings in “Pretty Little Liars”, Troian was in Singapore accompanying her boyfriend Patrick Adams from “Suits”. With Troian already an established star, the ebullient MARITA could soon be following in her footsteps and would certainly be welcomed in my hometown if she decides to come.
Besides acting, MARITA is actively pursuing her modeling career where she has twice graced the pages of Seventeen Magazine. Check out the MARITA GOMSRUD OFFICIAL SITE and from her pics, the one which I think is eye-catching is the one of her as a Flower Child right out of a Fairytale. There’s a stylish romanticism about MARITA and seeing her interview (above), one could say she gives us a euphoric feeling of affection for her. She’s a pure captivator from start to finish. With this level of appeal, MARITA could be the latest darling of the screen.
‘Celeb of Tomorrow’, ‘Girl to Watch’, ‘Upcoming Ingenue’; these are labels bandied around in Tinseltown with regularity and one young lady with the innate dynamism of a star is the enticing KELLI BARRETT. Ever since she wowed audiences on off-Broadway in “Rock Of Ages”, it’s been a fruitful progress for her, culminating in a dramatic guest-starring part on “A Gifted Man” with Patrick Wilson recently. In fact, KELLI had previously appeared alongside Patrick as his wife in “The Switch” and he has only glowing words for this lovely brunette. She’s also had supporting roles in “Mr Popper’s Penguins”, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and played a girl ‘Mr Twilight’ Robert Pattinson tried to pick up at a bar in the drama “Remember Me”. But if I had to point out her most riveting role to date, it has to be when she essayed the feisty yet emotionally torn Dahlia Jessup on “Law & Order:SVU”. As the lover of a wealthy defense contractor, she arranges under-age dalliances for him until things fall apart when he’s accused of rape. Her character was under the all-powerful thumb of a billionaire, a victim of circumstance, the sympathetic side of this woman’s devotion so ably expressed by KELLI…oh how love can be truly blind!
Now if said passion was for the telegenic KELLI, she’s destined to have a mad rush of admirers which will likely raise her profile even higher. Especially since she’s set to bring a saucy mystique to MTV’s new dramedy “I Just Want My Pants Back” as Jane, who happens to tumble into a one-night stand with the show’s leading man. In the wake of the lust at first sight, she leaves him lovelorn and very much pantless, awakening him from the slacker existence to search for the lost pants and of course his dream girl. With those sexy bangs, flirtatious brown eyes, and the requisite range needed to be enthrall viewers, KELLI is in prime position to be a sought after actress.
There should be no doubt of my fanaticism for blondes and HEIDI KRISTOFFER is easily one of the bubbliest gals with quite the burgeoning sexiness. You’ll be able to catch HEIDI pretty soon in the tale where Dr House tumbles into bed with one of your fav Gossip Girls…salaciously scandalous you say!! That’s the premise of “The Oranges” as Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester mine the May-December romance in the dramedy opening on September 10th at TIFF 2011. While details are sketchy (Where’s the trailer??), HEIDI is bound to be eye-catching as she amply did on the TV Series “White Collar”. Exuberantly flirtatious as Claire, one of two French Vixens who prove to be more than a man can handle (in this case FBI Agent Peter Burke)…personally a gentleman should never refuse a Ménage à trois even on camera! I’m sure we all noticed her lithe, athletic bod since HEIDI is a polished Yoga Instructor on top of her acting endeavors. Gotta love the tag line “SWEAT.LOVE.BREATHE.HEAL” on the YOGA WITH HEIDI Website.
Also, make sure to visit the HEIDI KRISTOFFER OFFICIAL SITE as she maintains a juicy blog detailing both her yoga profession and various updates on her acting/modeling gigs. Recently, I was reading up on Louise Brooks, the very cool siren of silent films with the signature bobbed haircut and there was a picture of HEIDI fabulously dressed in her image for a shoot. Just like how remarkably flexible she can be on the yoga mat, she’s adept at reproducing varying personalities on screen. This honey has been called a hidden gem, a nod to her engrossing moments in the indie slasher “Mothers Day Massacre”. It’s time we acquaint ourselves with this captivating lady!
There’s no denying the dedication LEIGH HALL has for comedy hence her appearances in numerous sketches on stage, television and the web that’s richly deserving of recognition. LEIGH and Beth Shea of Hall Of Shea Productions are the geniuses behind a series of amusing shorts and together they’re embarking on their very first full-length feature. If you haven’t seen these two cuties on the hilarious “Love Royale”, I urge you to watch the satirical take on Korean serials(above). Mashing the beloved K-drama with girl-on-girl fisticuffs, LEIGH plays a boyfriend stealer who gets caught in the act by her best friend. The interwoven themes of romance,betrayal and even martial arts are humor-filled, including the English subtitling that’s a sure bet to tickle our funny bones. Resonating remarkably well with viewers, “Love Royale” won an Audience Award at the Faux Film Festival in 2009. LEIGH is now working on a buddy comedy that sees her as a down and out actress who lives out of a car but encounters a stroke of luck that might get her out of her doldrums. If indie comedy is your thing, make sure to contribute as well as spread the news about Leigh’s newest project Edna’s House. Watch the funny teaser for Edna’s House on the site as Leigh and her business partner Beth Shea go about campaigning to get their feature film realized in their endearingly, quirky style.
Are you astounded by how this pair of lovely ladies are producing the goods and wowing us with their creative juices on micro budgets?? Just think what they could do with a bigger injection of funds. We long for funny women who leave a positive impression and besides her divine beauty, LEIGH herself has immense know-how that has seen her being referred to as a quadruple threat. She’s certainly a big reason why my support for the indie starlets of the world will be as undying as those displayed by Harry Potter fans…:)
KRYSTEN RITTER in “Killing Bono”
One glance at the intriguing mix of films Krysten Ritter is slated to headline and you’ll get an inkling of why she’s looked upon as a quirky trailblazer. From Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps” to “Audrey Hepburn’s Neck”, the stylishly delicate beauty is on a roll. “Killing Bono” , screening at SIFF retraces the roots of megaband U2 and Bono’ rivalry with his friend Neil McCormick. Kristen plays the American manager of Neil’s band whose potential never comes close to the successes of U2. Her own start in the acting/music world was incidentally triggered by her having met indie rockers and having friends in bands hence her casting in “Killing Bono” is spot on. Here’s a mercurial actress with dizzyingly charming facets that’s always inviting..:)
LESLIE MURPHY in “White Irish Drinkers”
Before Leslie Murphy becomes a Hot TV Siren Of Summer thanks to appearances on “House M.D.” and the upcoming comedy series “Franklin & Bash”, we all need to catch her in the intense “White Irish Drinkers”. You’ll get drunk with admiration for this special talent…hehe. Reviewers have constantly commended Leslie for the engagingly fresh spin she imbues her feisty Shauna Friel character. Honest, flirty and even bordering on the erotic, her portrayal as Shauna should see her becoming an indie darling in no time. A film convention such as SIFF 2011 deserves its share of rising starlets and Leslie doesn’t just cut an appealing figure onscreen, she’s super pleasant and a special talent indeed.
SALI SAYLER, DANIELLE PANABAKER, LAURA-LEIGH & MIKA BOOREM in “The Ward”
Kudos to horror maestro John Carpenter for showcasing the hottest young ladies of the modern era in “The Ward”. Sure it has two of the sauciest sirens in Amber Heard and Lyndsey Fonseca but we should remember the foursome featured here that are just as delectable. First off is blonde cutie Sali Sayler who appears at the very start as Tammy and could just be the cause of the ghostly happenings plaguing Kristen (Amber Heard). Danielle Panabaker and Laura-Leigh are two mental patients, Danielle being the attention-seeking prima donna Sarah while Laura as Zoey is the nervous wreck in schoolgirl outfits. As Alice, Mika Boorem provides the twist of the story. The attractively nubile emsemble of “The Ward” is to be applauded for being so convincingly rousing in the roles they’ve been entrusted.
RACHAEL TAYLOR in “Summer Coda”
Having lived in Australia for 3 years, I’m thrilled to include a gorgeous Australian actress on any and every Hot List I’ve concocted. And since I’ve already seen the sights of Melbourne, it’s fantastic to feature “Summer Coda” which is set in Murray River, one of Melbourne’s pristine locale. The film’s leading lady is none other than the stunning Rachael Taylor whose understated sexiness permeates the Aussie Romance; she has a nude scene in the bathtub after all. A remarkable breath of sunshine in her role as Heidi, the Aussie gal returning to her homeland from the US to re-connect with her estranged family but ends up finding love in the unlikeliest of places. Refreshing takes on romanctic flicks are much welcomed and Rachael is a must-see in this one.
Kristin Kreuk in “Vampire”
Don’t you miss Kristen Kreuk when there was a huge gaping void following her departure of Smallville. Sorry Teri Hatcher but Kristen trumps you in the Lana Lang stakes; don’t you miss the will they won’t they hook-up storylines with her and Tom Welling’s Clark Kent. While we got to satiate our Kristen Kreuk fix by shamelessly supporting her Chun Li phase in Streetfighter (where were the buns and sexy outfits??), one has to admit her best work has been on TV. At this year’s SIFF Film Fest, she delves into indie territory as a suicidal women falling prey to a teacher with a thirst for blood. Somehow he finds a way to fall in love with his victims before killing them. A premise with shock value and rumored scenes of ingenious drawing of blood should have us returning to our obsession for the lovely Miss Kristen Kreuk.
Jennifer Connelly & Isabelle Fuhrman in “Salvation Boulevard”
It’s almost like looking in a mirror when talking about Jennifer Connelly and Isabelle Fuhrman from the star-studded dramedy “Sunset Boulevard. It’s no surprise that they are playing mother and daughter in this satire that paints mega-churches as a conglomerate. From the off, it is their similar bushy eyebrows and alluring chiseled features that would hypnotize viewers into submission. Jennifer Connelly is an Academy Award winning actress who’s risen above her sexpot image to become a celebrated dramatic actress. Isabelle Fuhrman is a teen sensation who’s about to top everything she’s done having scored the pivotal role of Clove in the much-discussed upcoming flick “The Hunger Games” with Jennifer Lawrence. It doesn’t matter if critics dismissed “Sunset Boulevard” as unfunny or disparaging Pierce Brosnan’s insane preacher as over the top; Give me a taste of Jennifer and Isabelle any day of the week!
First off I would like to pray for the victims of the Sendai Tsunami that has devastated the Japanese people and left a telling reminder of how life can never be taken for granted. Hence, I feel wholly blessed to be alive and have the golden opportunity to write about my greatest passion, global actresses whom i admire so. Therefore this tribute today goes out to rising starlet KYOKO OKAZAKI, her family who are safe back home in Japan and all Japanese citizens who are deeply affected by the sudden tragedy. As you know I’m all about optimism and just like me KYOKO is full of positivity. Born and raised in Okayama, she uprooted to the US and became noted for playing a tomboy who dresses in male clothing to avoid detection from the Yakuza in the Los Angeles play Utsutsu. Found out that ‘Utsutsu’ means reality and thus we can’t change who we are, as I think is being implied by the theatrical production. After being praised for her acting on stage, KYOKO has segued excellently into the independent scene with roles in a number of films.
With her splendidly infectious smile, KYOKO’s natural poise is pronouncedly easy to adore. Be sure to check her out in the upbeat dramedy “Mouse Ward” as well as the upcoming short “The Curse Of The Apple” as its leading lady. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw her on the cast list for serial killer thriller “Luster” and I’m crossing my fingers she survives till the end of the movie! I’m very fond of bubbly young actresses and there’s plenty of cheer in the corner of Miss KYOKO OKAZAKI. She’s so affable as I’ve found out chatting with her on FACEBOOK; Her likability certainly puts her in good stead to be a breakout star…Start Watching Her!
Having the first ever actress from Alaska on my blog is a significant moment to treasure and I can’t thank SAVANAH WILTFONG enough for letting me be her fan. If Katy Perry was singing about her, then SAVANAH is most certainly a TEENAGE DREAM…:) For someone so young, she effortlessly accomplished a most magnificent debut in dramedy ‘DEAR LEMON LIMA’. I find it endearing that SAVANAH readily admits it’s the first ever feature she’s done and she’s generating just as much buzz as the film. Along with newly minted Oscar Winner Melissa Leo, multi-faceted thesp Beth Grant and the perpetually vivacious Elaine Hendrix, gifted director Suzi Yoonessi has crafted a memorable piece of storytelling and it’s a match made in heaven with the youthful cast forming the core of the multiple-award winning film. SAVANAH is a glorious delight in the lead role of Alaskan teen oddball Vanessa Lemor, urging us to reflect on the awkwardness and heartbreaks of growing up. Reminiscent of Anna Chlumsky’s “My Girl” (the coming of age) and reinventing “Revenge of the Nerds” geekdom by introducing the endearingly motley group called FUBAR (F**cked Up Beyond All Recognition), it’s an intimately sweet tale with a lot of heart. Come March 4th, make sure you show the love by catching the release of ‘DEAR LEMON LIMA’…:)
The budding star has the Emerging Talent and Golden Salmon Awards under her belt, adding credence to her massive potential as a Teen Idol in the coming years…:) Oh, I just realized the fetchingly cool Savanah has a most adorable giggle (don’t miss out on her interview above). This cutie is definitely someone you want to connect with in the online world too as she’s accommodatingly pleasant towards her growing fanbase. Fascinatingly accessible, the gorgeous cupcake that is 17-year old Savanah Wiltfong is proving to be a real gem.