Call me a lover of the classics, but there's something about a golden age look to a woman that makes her hard to glance away from. Some women are easy to blend in with the rest of Hollywood while others define
Hollywood with their glamour. Some possess beauty and talent and don't get the public burnt out on their constant appearance. Such is the case for me and my opinion of this week's Hot or Not lady.
The first thing that I ever saw Gretchen Mol in was ROUNDERS, all the way back in 1998 when Matt Damon was all the rage and Edward Norton was still cutting his teeth and showing people what set him apart from other actors his age. The people who did go to see the movie did so for those future big timers and got a dose of a petite blonde who held her own strongly against them.
While she had several roles over the course of the beginning of her career, Mol did one of the more brave things that an actress can do, tackling legend Bettie Page in her biopic THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE in 2006 and wowing critics and cynics alike. She bared not just her body but the encapsulated soul of the fallen pin-up, even if the movie barely grazed the surface of her whole life story. I still don't understand why Mol didn't receive more awards for this performance.
Most of the time, when I'm picking movies that I really want to spend time with, they're lower budget creations of love and Mol keeps popping up in them. From the little known PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS (where you can watch her decide that she might be a lesbian) to the more cult-popular THE TEN, Mol might walk lightly amongst the bigger names, but she'll always stand above them in holding her own.
Enough of my fawning... what do you think of Gretchen Mol?