Our favourite actors and actresses often seem too beautiful to be true, and most clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating a flawless image for the silver screen. Some, however, are TOO good to be true. They can’t really be human…can they?
As much as we used to love her, the most convincing performance SMG ever gave was as the Buffy Bot (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, running 1997-2003) and throughout Series 6 where she is described as “going through the motions” (Episode Seven, ‘Once More with Feeling’). She’s sweet in interviews, but a bit one-dimensional in her roles so we constantly find ourselves checking for the wind-up mechanism.
Later appearances in films like The Grudge (2004) and Grudge 2 (2006) lacked the humanity necessary for her to seem vulnerable, meaning that we weren’t scared remotely when the ghosties attacked even though they were pretty. Darn. Scary. There is not a lot you can do to a robot, even if she’s a blonde.
We don’t know why, but despite her snub nose and petite frame the Buffy star looks like she would be impervious to bullets, flamethrowers and sharp objects, and it’s just not natural or right.
Also see her in ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ (1997), ‘Cruel Intentions’ (1999), ‘Scooby Doo’ (2002).