There are times when I just get hooked on a new actress or actor and I have this feeling deep in my gut that they're going to be around for a long time. Sometimes it's something small, like a one-episode stint on "Law & Order: SVU" (just don't ask Aimee Mann about it), sometimes it's stealing the show from a couple of charismatic leads. But the Hot or Not chick this week is one I totally dig.
Ari Graynor is the blonde to my brunette "going to be a hot commodity" brunette favorite, Krysten Ritter. Believe it or not, I've remembered her since she was in that bizarre episode of SVU, as a sociopathic teen girl who got a couple of the guys she was banging to shoot her little sister. (I can't be the only one who remembers that one, it was particularly disturbing.) She hit up a lot of small roles before heading into the land of the hip and trendy, playing Kat Dennings' best drunken friend Caroline in NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST.
As much as I'd like to say that Kat and her rack were good enough for that movie, it needed Graynor for its comic relief. Wandering around the city, finding "Jesus" and that disgusting thing with the gum was what anchored that movie from being just another piece of fluff for the teens who prefer anti-TWILIGHT entertainment. Hell, she's really what made the whole thing watchable. And got me excited to see that she was going to be playing a hot roller girl in WHIP IT! only to have Drew Barrymore let me down by giving her such a teeny role as Eva Destruction.
Graynor is moving past the first of the cool hipster young actors (Michael Cera, whom she also appeared with in YOUTH IN REVOLT, but I haven't caught that one yet) and onto the better one (in my opinion), Jesse Eisenberg in this week's release, HOLY ROLLERS.
The concept is even more enticing than some run-of-the-mill rom-com, being that a young Orthodox Jewish kid battles with the idea of becoming an Ecstasy dealer. OK, so that has me interested, especially if it's going to feature Graynor showing off the hot body she has that has so far been kept fairly wight under wraps.
But as much as I love my own opinion, what do you think of Ari Graynor?