Hollywood is full of beautiful people, but some fictional characters somehow surpass even red carpet levels of beauty. Whether it’s superheroes, action stars, or femme fatales, we all have a favorite fictional beauty. Some people like to see stars in full-on costumes, whereas others prefer the natural look. Join us as we take a look at some of the most beautiful movie characters, and what the actresses who played them are up to today.
Bridget Von Hammersmark – Diane Kruger
Let’s kick things off with the chic film star turned spy, Bridget Von Hammersmark. German American actress Diane Kruger played this beautiful character in Quentin Tarantino’s reimagined war movie, Inglourious Basterds. While Bridget was based on Hungarian actress Ilona Massey, Kruger took inspiration from German actress Hildegard Knef.
Diane Kruger made her German-language acting debut in a 2017 movie, and won the Cannes Award for Best Actress. The star is currently filming multiple productions. She’s in a relationship with American actor Norman Reedus.
Tina Carlyle – Cameron Diaz
When The Mask was released in 1994, it did great things for both Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. The leading lady in this movie, Tina Carlyle, was a mafia girlfriend with a bit of a thing for the green-faced focus of the film. In her deep red bandage dress, Cameron’s Tina stole the hearts of many.
Movies starring Cameron Diaz have grossed in the billions. However, the star retired from acting in 2014. Since then, the star has released several books and invested in various start-ups.
The Devil – Elizabeth Hurley
What can we say about English actress Elizabeth Hurley in fantasy romcom Bedazzled? In this remake of a 1967 movie, the sultry star plays a very beautiful version of the devil. Complete with several stunning red outfits and movie star hair, Liz really steals every scene she’s in.
Following this iconic role, the beautiful Elizabeth Hurley continued to star in movies and TV shows. She also has her own swimwear line, named after herself, which she helpfully models each year.
Elizabeth Swann – Keira Knightley
English actress Keira Knightley was actually just 17 years old when the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out. As Elizabeth Swann, Keira got to play a classic beauty, and a swash-buckling star. In the early parts of the film, she’s dolled up in frilly garments.
But by the end, she’s smeared with dirt and getting involved in the action. The fabulous Keira Knightley has continued to act in major movies. She’s also modeled for top brands, and supported various charities.
Eléna Montero – Catherine Zeta-Jones
Speaking of beautiful fictional characters that end up in swash-buckling scenes, what about Eléna Montero? Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones played this character in 1998 movie The Mask of Zorro. Eléna is a Spanish stunner and helped Catherine break into the Hollywood A list.
This stunning star has multiple top awards, including an Oscar and a Tony. Catherine Zeta-Jones married fellow movie star Michael Douglas in 2000. They live with their two children in rural New York State, and have an estate in Spain.
Honey Ryder – Ursula Andress
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are several Bond girls on this list. As with most of Bond’s love interests, Honey Ryder has a tongue-in-cheek name. She appears in the first-ever Bond movie, 1967’s Dr. No, alongside Sean Connery.
Interestingly, both Ursula Andress’ speaking and singing voice were dubbed in this movie. Today, Swiss actress and model Ursula is in her late 80s. She continued to act, but wound down her career in the early ’90s. The star has one son, with ex-partner Harry Hamlin.
Jennifer Check – Megan Fox
There’s no denying actress Megan Fox’s striking beauty. Though she’s gorgeous in every role, we particularly like her as Jennifer Check, the boy gobbling demon in Jennifer’s Body. This comedy horror was released in 2009 and features Megan strutting down high school hallways with a smirk on her face.
These days Megan Fox is in a high-profile relationship with rapper Machine Gun Kelly. The stunning star has continued to act. She will appear with her famous fiancé in an upcoming musical.
Vesper Lynd – Eva Green
We’ve covered the first-ever Bond girl, but what about later entries to this exclusive club? In 2006’s Casino Royal, French actress Eva Green plays the sultry Vesper Lynd. Her character is an agent assigned to supervise and finance Daniel Craig’s James Bond.
Eva beat fellow beauties Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron for the part. Eva Green has starred in many indie movies and collaborated several times with director Tim Burton. She has criticized Hollywood for giving too much power to studios and directors.
Rose DeWitt Bukater – Kate Winslet
English actress Kate Winslet was just 21 years old when she played the now-iconic role of Rose in Titanic. Who amongst us didn’t swoon when the star asked Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack to “paint me like one of your French girls”?
A true English rose, Kate looks stunning in Rose’s elaborate period outfits. Since this hugely popular movie, Kate Winslet has taken on a host of incredible roles. For her efforts, she’s won an Academy Award, a Grammy, two Emmys, and five Golden Globes.
Gracie Hart – Sandra Bullock
We love a makeover movie, and beauty pageant comedy Miss Congeniality is one of the best. Sandra Bullock plays the tomboyish FBI agent Gracie Hart, who must go undercover in the Miss United States pageant.
After a wonderful montage, she appears in a stunning lilac bandage dress strutting alongside Michael Caine. The striking Sandra Bullock is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. The star has scooped up an Academy Award, and recently starred in The Lost City alongside Channing Tatum.
Dink – Margaret Nolan
We’re back to early James Bond movies, this time with the third installment, Goldfinger. However, this time we aren’t focusing on the film’s main Bond girl (played by Honor Blackman). Instead, we’re celebrating Dink, Bond’s masseuse, and the gold body used in the movie’s promotional materials.
English actress and model Margaret Nolan went on to star in six Carry On films. She stopped acting in the ’80s but took several small roles later in life. Margaret passed away in 2020, aged 76.
Sara – Eva Mendes
There are a range of characters depicted by Eva Mendes that could appear on our list of most beautiful fictional characters. However, we’ve opted for her role as Sara in 2001 crime thriller Training Day. In this beloved movie, American actress Eva plays Denzel Washington’s mistress.
After this movie, Eva went on to star in a host of other popular movies. The star has taken a break from acting and is now more cautious about roles she takes. Eva has two children with long-term partner Ryan Gosling.
Catwoman – Anne Hathaway
We’ve already seen Halle Berry in this role, but what about Anne Hathaway’s attempt? While the star is usually more buttoned up in her roles, she donned the leather catsuit for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Anne Hathaway described this femme fatale role as the most physically demanding she had ever played. To prepare, she trained in martial arts. Things have only gone from strength to strength for this beautiful actress. Anne has an Osar, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy for her work.
Ramona Vega – Jennifer Lopez
Like many of the actresses on this list, Jennifer Lopez is extremely beautiful in basically every role. However, her turn as veteran dancer Ramona Vega in Hustlers takes the cake for us.
Here we have an established star, and woman in her 50s, wearing full sequin bodysuits and shimmying in stilettos. Go J.Lo! Jenny from the block has been singing, dancing and acting since the 90s. The star signed a multi-year deal with Netflix in 2021 to produce a host of movies and TV shows.
Carolina – Salma Hayek
The sensational Salma Hayek looks fabulous in basically all of her roles. However, we want to shout out her character Carolina from neo-Western Once Upon a Time in Mexico. The Mexican-American actress played the ill-fated wife of Antonio Banderas’ character, and looked great doing it.
Salma Hayek has starred in a host of movies, including 2021 superhero movie Eternals. She is considered one of Hollywood’s most powerful Latina actresses. The striking star married French businessman François-Henri Pinault in 2009.
Naomi Lapaglia – Margot Robbie
Speaking of breakout roles, what about Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street? The Australian star had already acted in popular TV shows, but really hit the big time for her role as Naomi Lapaglia.
After this movie came out, everyone had heard of Margot, even if they hadn’t seen her work yet. Things have only gotten better for this beautiful actress. As well as taking on some incredible roles, Margot Robbie also founded her own production company.
Lara Croft – Angelina Jolie
How could we compile this list without including one of the most beautiful fictional characters of all time? When Angelina Jolie was cast as Lara Croft, the casting gods sang. The star looks extremely similar to the video game character, and is brought to life in the best way in the Tomb Raider series.
Angelina Jolie has gone beyond the world of acting, working as a director and humanitarian. In 2021’s superhero flick Eternals she played a fierce but troubled warrior named Thena.
Nakia – Lupita Nyong’o
Considering she was once named the most beautiful woman in the world, there’s no surprise that Lupita Nyong’o makes our list. As undercover spy Nakia in Black Panther, Lupita trained in judo, jujitsu, and various types of martial arts. Plus, check out that costume!
But, of course, Lupita is more than just a pretty face. In fact, the Kenyan-Mexican actress is the recipient of an Oscar, an Emmy, and a master’s degree from Yale. She is also an outspoken activist, fighting for women’s and animal rights.
Sue Storm-Richards – Jessica Alba
Last but definitely not least on our list of beautiful movie characters is Sue Storm-Richards from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Although actress Jessica Alba had been critical of this movie, she still looks stunning as the Invisible Woman.
During the course of filming, Jessica and the movie’s director Tim Story had several conflicts. Jessica Alba has continued to act, but has also made a name for herself as a businesswoman. She founded the Honest Company in 2011, which boasted sales of $550 million in 2022.
The top 10 women celebrity crushes we all have
Look, we all know we are more interested in looking at female celebrities than male ones (except you Ryan, calm down). Here are the top lady crushes most women have:
10. Emma Stone
Emma Stone burst onto our radars as the quirky, offbeat comedy star with a difference. Yes, there’s no denying that she’s beautiful but she’s also a little different, funny and not your typical Hollywood starlet. They say you can’t have it all…
9. Olivia Wilde
Not just a pretty face, Olivia took the stage name Wilde after the one and only Oscar, a testament to her brains too, perhaps? No, mainly because her real name is Olivia Cockburn. No, it is. Not only does she act, she also models, writes, acts and directs. Oh and she just did a shoot with Glamour where she showed just how beautiful is is to be a breastfeeding mum. Swoon.
8. Miranda Kerr
Miranda started out as a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there really) and rose through the ranks to become one of the most famous Supermodels of recent times. As if that wasn’t quite enough, she’s also a fashion icon and has the worlds cutest baby with Orlando Bloom. Life envy much?
7. Christina Hendricks
Christina, or as most of us will know her, Joan, the steely star of Mad Men, is as famous for her acting skills as she is for her curves and she never looks as good as when poured into another of those fabulous vintage costumes. Not bitter at all…
6. Mila Kunis
Mila is another classic case of being the girl that every man wants and every woman wants to be. Not just content with being hot, smart, funny and oh yes, engaged to Ashton Kutcher, she’s also a serious film actress when the time calls for it. *Sigh*
5. Jennifer Lawrence
Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? She proved herself as a worthy actress from the get go and her popularity has been on an upward spike ever since. The fact that she appears to be so grounded, normal and funny only helps to increase our admiration (and love) for her.
4. Alessandra Ambrosio
Brazilian born Alessandra is a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there) and there isn’t really much else to say here, so just look at the image below and feel the awe rise up around you. If you aren’t blessed with her genes, you can always use party casino research to understand how you can win elsewhere – right?
Pretty much every sane girl in the world would agree that Rihanna is one of the hottest females ever. She appears to have it all. The looks, talent, money, men (well…), lifestyle, friends. So thank you Rihanna, we officially want to be you right about now.
2. Blake Lively
Blake, the tall, beautiful Gossip Girl star has since moved on from teen dramas and married the equally beautiful Ryan Reynolds. With legs up to her armpits, the most lusted after hair in the business and a wardrobe full of clothes that merely highlight how goddamn hot she is, Blake, we applaud and really want to be you.
Come on, you had to have known that Beyoncé would be our number one. It’s Beyoncé for gods sake. A stellar career, the most amazing figure on the planet, riches and an ability to rock a leotard like nobody else, there isn’t much to do apart from just look on in wonder.
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In defence of Cassie from Euphoria
I am a Cassie Howard apologist. Yes, even after last night’s episode of Euphoria. I sympathise with her, even if I don’t condone her choices, or even enjoy watching them most of the time. The problem with being a Cassie stan – as is the case with any of the characters in the Euphoria universe – is that every week the show tests that stance, pushing our problematic faves to new depths of debauchery and dubious morality. Cassie’s character in particular has practically become a meme in itself, with TikTok asking itself, week-on-week, how she can possibly fall any lower in our estimations. Of course, she does it anyway.
Some have speculated online that Cassie is a character foil for Rue, both of them addicts, with the show telling the story of their desperate needs. For Rue, the object of her addiction is opiates, for Cassie, it’s love. Rue’s backstory illustrated to the audience how her life up until now – her family trauma, a healthcare system that over-medicates its children – had primed her for addiction to drugs. In the same way, Cassie’s – growing up with an alcoholic mother and absent addict dad, being se**alised at a young age by older men – primed her for a dependency on male validation. But it’s undoubtedly harder to root for Cassie in spite of her flaws the way we rally for our flawed protagonist Rue to finally get her shit together.
Maybe that’s because Cassie embodies so many of the things we hate, or at least the things we ridicule; the things we collectively recognise are objectively incredibly annoying. Her problems pale in seriousness compared to the others – she’s not self-harming or addicted to opiates or dealing drugs or framing innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit – and so her struggles seem so cheesy, so silly. Cassie’s main dilemma is that she’s sleeping with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. And she makes such a big deal about it. She falls into a depression spiral and treats her friends badly and dr*inks too much. She throws herself at a man who clearly doesn’t want her. She gets messy and throws up at a birthday party. When she’s exposed by Rue, she deflects the blame with pani*cked vindictiveness. Cassie is completely wrapped up in herself and her struggles, to the point where she doesn’t seem cognisant of the power and privileges she still possesses.
It’s easy to dislike her, I would ar*gue, in moments like this, because it’s relatively easy to see ourselves (or at least our teenage selves) in her messiness. While the problems faced by characters like Cal Jacobs or Ashtray might be so far away from our own lives that we can safely say we’d do it all better and never let ourselves get in those dangerous situations, Cassie’s cheugy, messy emotionality and teenage angst are uncomfortably close. It’s no surprise then, that Cassie has become an emblem of equally painful-to-follow toxic female characters, like Fleabag or the unnamed, but similarly self-indulgent protagonist of Ottessa Moshfegh’s book My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Cassie is in her Fleabag era, but unfortunately for her, there is no Hot Priest-shaped respite for viewers, only Nate Jacobs. And while we do get moments of being able to say “finally, go girl give us something”, like when Cassie walked out of an argument with Nate after saying she was crazier than Maddie, the show almost always instantly subverts them with having Cassie crawl back for more abuse. Annoying to watch? Perhaps. Realistic? From a lonely 17-year-old, sadly yes!
Even when she’s dealing with more serious problems, Euphoria is never far from reminding us of Cassie’s ridiculousness. When she asks Lexi whether she looks different, shortly after finding out she’s pregnant with McKay, Lexi becomes a stand-in for the audience, lashing out at her sister and pointing out how absurd she sounds. For the audience, the dramatic irony is even more potent: we know that while Cassie is experiencing her own personal trauma, she was also totally unequipped to deal with McKay’s (who had just experienced a violent hazing at the hands of his fraternity brothers, and was coming to the crushing realisation that he would never be a professional athlete), which many viewers interpreted as an unwillingness to engage with it too.
Euphoria’s total disregard of character development for McKay – he appeared in the first episode of season two, and has been missing in action ever since – compared to its almost lecherous lingering over Cassie’s every move, has been singled out as one of the show’s many problematic recent decisions. And while online rumours have speculated over whether that was down to actor Algee Smith’s views on vaccinations, the fact remains that Euphoria’s choice to ignore McKay’s struggles in favour of Cassie’s make her OTT breakdowns even more painful to watch. That much is fair: but the fact audience complaints are directed at the fictional character herself, not the polarising showrunner behind those decisions (Sam Levinson), a little more unfair imo!
One constant criticism of Levinson’s writing and of Euphoria as a show, even amongst its hardcore fans, is how over the top and ridiculous it is. How its storylines would never happen in real life (at least not all at once, to one friendship group, in the middle of the school year), and how none of the characters would pass dress code, and how it doesn’t make sense that there are no uggos, only hotties. It’s true that much of the show’s audience has never picked up a suitcase of narcotics and carted it around town on a bicycle, or secretly recorded all of the times we’ve cheated on our suburban wife, or dropped out of school to care for our ex-dr*ug baron grandmother. But you might have drunk too much at a party and thrown up. You probably debased and embarrassed yourself trying too hard for someone who didn’t want you, or ug*ly cried down the phone to people who think you’re being, honestly, a bit self-indulgent and annoying. Every week, Cassie acts out the kind of things you remember at two in the morning and cringe so hard at that it’s impossible to sleep. But it’s hard to admit you were more embarrassing than you currently are, and mortifying to watch someone else do the same, and so we’re like: No, Cassie fu**ing su*ks.
And she does, of course, but I would argue no more so (and in some cases, a lot less so) than any other character in season two of Euphoria. In last night’s episode [spoilers here!] Cassie tries to get out of being exposed for sleeping with Nate by calling Rue a drug addict, after Rue loses her temper with Cassie’s naive attempt to reassure her she can take rehab “one day at a time”. Was that advice cringey? Yes! Is Cassie’s response cruel? Yes! Is it worse than Rue calling Leslie a bad mom? Or Laurie injecting a dopesick 17-year-old with morphine? In the case of the former, I would say sleeping with your best pal’s ex is dubiously worse. But the latter? I mean, probably not! Judging by the episode’s response today on Twitter and Reddit though, that sliding scale of perspective is not a popular excuse for Cassie’s increasingly dumb behaviour. But, I digress!
Cassie know good and well she could’ve played that off better like baby you gotta learn how to LIE
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) February 7, 2022
So yes, I am a Cassie apologist. But, I must caveat, no more so than I am an apologist for any of the other flawed, broken, ug*ly characters in the relentless, unforgiving universe that Sam Levinson created for them to live in. That’s the beauty of Euphoria. For all the criticism the series has received (some of it deserved, some of it TikTok hysteria) its success lies in its ability to make the audience empathise, even for a second, with a man like Cal Jacobs, who created a life of amorality and toxic masculinity to compensate for internalised homophobia. Or with a character like Jules, so lonely and hurt that she’ll cheat on the emotionally unavailable Rue with Elliott. Or Rue, so desperately addicted to drugs that she’ll attack her mother, sister and best friends. You might recoil at their choices but on some level you understand what drove them to those choices too.
It’s entirely possible, of course, that I will regret this appeal for moderation when it comes to burning Cassie Howard at the stake for crimes against humanity and friendship and fashion. There are still another four episodes of season two of Euphoria left, and with things looking bleaker than ever for the universe’s characters, who knows how much further she can sink. Sam Levinson has created a world with only two certainties: one, that we will complain every week without fail about his characterisation and then tune in to watch anyway. And two, that Nate Jacobs fu**ing su*ks.
Watch: Katherine Heigl flashes knickers as she strips off in middle of busy New York street
The 36-year-old comedy starlet can clearly laugh at herself, and her facial expressions were a picture when she got caught stripping off in the Big Apple yesterday.
Katherine was spotted shamelessly undressing and redressing herself, transforming from her neon pink and black cycling outfit to a more work-ready white pencil skirt and turtleneck top.
But the American beauty gave onlookers an eyeful when she unwittingly flashed her knickers during her rapid wardrobe swap.
While most would be left red-faced, Katherine had an excuse for her peculiar behaviour because she was filming scenes for her new CBS show called Doubt.
The mother-of-two was joined by her co-star Dulé Hill, 40, who played the perfect gentleman by clutching on to her handbag while she was otherwise occupied.
The crew are currently filming a reboot of the pilot episode, with Katherine being cast as successful defence lawyer Sadie Ellis alongside Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox who will play a trans Ivy League-educated attorney.
Meanwhile, Katherine’s husband Josh Kelley recently spoke out to defend her after she was branded “difficult” for blasting her own 2007 film Knocked Up.
I mean, it’s very interesting because somehow a bunch of haters just created a whole thing that she’s ‘difficult’,” he said. “That girl’s never been late, never missed a mark, she’s the least ‘difficult’ person in the world.
“I’ve been to every movie set since we were together, and everybody loves her. “So it’s really interesting how people can make s**t up and then it can get a heartbeat.”