Biggest Rom Com Actresses: Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl & More
It was Hollywood’s idea to feature different types of women in the post-Ryan / Roberts era, and they didn’t stop until they nailed every girl in deLiA’s catalog. I say “different” because “various” would be too much of an exaggeration. Jennifer lopez seized dominant roles, playing modestly but wisely in The wedding planner and Made in Manhattan. But like Lathan, Nia long, and__Gabrielle Union__ became go-to romantic heroines, their films remained promoted as “noir” films and kept in a different lane with marketing budgets that probably totaled less than Roberts’ foam allowance on his films.
Then came the reign of the woman who I would say is the most important of its kind: Kate Hudson. That’s right. Her characters may not be as cited as those in the Ringwald / Ryan / Roberts canon, but she’s the Roma equivalent of a good company man: reliable and productive. In eight years she made eight Roma – more than anyone mentioned here – starting with How to lose a guy in 10 days, which grossed over $ 100 million in theaters. Her intelligent blonde contemporaries in the field of rom com (Reese witherspoon and Cameron Diaz) just couldn’t keep up with its production.
In Hudson, the studios had found the holy grail: an actress who perfectly combined the seriousness of the girls of the early 90s and the eccentricity of the next wave. She was almost always a career girl, skeptical of love and settling down – the whole premise of Raising Hélène is that she is there latest a woman who could manage a family – but she always succumbed to vulnerability, making jokes at Matthew McConaughey’s expense until the moment she melted into his arms, making them a continuous mass of tan and blonde. (By the way, where’s Hudson’s Special Lifetime Achievement Oscar in making Matthew McConaughey believable as an ordinary human?)
We ate it. Finally, as viewers, we had it all: Hudson’s characters always had varnish. and an inner monster. And Hudson herself always seemed to be on the spot. Even in her silliest moments, she refused to appear unintelligent. Think about Bride wars, with her escalation of the salon war – where another actress could have sparked a classic horror movie scream upon seeing her hair dyed turquoise, Hudson glared at the stylist in the mirror and barked, “BLUE My hair is blue! ” His intelligence made us feel smarter, aware that we were spoiling ourselves by watching romantic comedies, without delving into their truths. Without wanting to stress it too much, but it was the decade after September 11. Even in our escape, we demanded more self-awareness than before.
In the middle of his run, Hudson had some stiff competition in the form of Katherine heigl, a star of Grey’s Anatomy whose movie burst moment came when Judd Apatow cast her in Blistered. His next film, 27 dresses, was a mix of all the rom com elements ever made – so much walking the streets with his sassy best friend, getting ripped off by a dreamy-eyed reporter who falls in love with one at work, so much dancing and barging out in the rain and the dress-fitting action.
It was an instant success. Heigl made two more bankable rom coms in quick succession: The sad truth, facing Gerard Butler, and Killers, with Ashton Kutcher. In each of them, Heigl played “the sexy love spaz” which is a woman who excels in all areas of her life, but turns into a Chihuahua around a handsome guy ( edgy, jovial and deathly afraid of eye contact). Heigl wasn’t smooth, like Hudson, begging to be chased. She slipped and spat and got bamboozled by even inanimate objects, like Ugly truthvibrating panties, which brought her to orgasm in front of her coworkers before she could find a way to prevent it. (You know those moments that let you go, sorry no she would have used the bathroom no matter what?)