Hollywood actresses have always proved themselves to be much more than just eye-candy. They are versatile, skilled, and extremely talented. They are more than just the object of saving in films. She is no more a damsel in distress but a warrior herself. They no more portray the vulnerable and meek women, who are often picturized as submissive beings. They now take the centre stage rebelling against the world that misunderstood her for being a weaker counterpart. In 2019, 40% of the 100 highest-grossing films featured a female protagonist. It was the largest percentage ever recorded. The critics and audiences also accepted this, which led to actresses choosing more and more female-centric characters.
Here’s listing some of the most influential and notable actresses of 2022, who carried a whole film on their shoulders.
Popularly known for her portrayal of MCU’s Russian Spy, Black Widow, Johansson has been in the industry for a long time. She is the epitome of grace and beauty. From dramatic roles in movies like Marriage Story to the butt-kicking Lucy, she is the most versatile of all actors in Hollywood.
A complete badass carrying out most of the stunts herself. Going through rigorous training to look the part and even learning a new language, she has shown immense dedication as an actor. She even explored her funny bone, doing movies like Rough Night and Jojo Rabbit, and nailed those performances as well. Her sheer talent and hard work are why she is considered one of the best actresses in Hollywood.
From being eye candy to emerging as a lead heroine, Gal Gadot is a true success story. Always seen as a sex symbol at the beginning of her acting career in the Fast and Furious movies, she has come a long way since then. Her career breakthrough was with Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman.
She played the title role of the Amazonian princess which cemented her as an A-list actress. For Wonder Woman, she took rigorous fight training to match the strength and willpower of the character. But this wasn’t the first time she did her own stunts, in Fast and The Furious she performed her own stuntwork.
In DC’s film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice she was first introduced as Wonder Woman. She received swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training to prepare for her role. Her performance as the superhero, in the film, stood out. Critics and audiences said that it was one of the best parts of the film. Her growth as an actor truly shows that hard work and perseverance take you to greater heights.
An Academy Award-winning actress, Natalie Portman is always been considered the master of method acting. From a child actor to now, she has experimented with each of her characters. She was one of the younger cast members in films like Léon: The Professional opposite seasoned actors like Gary Oldman and Jean Reno, Star Wars opposite Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, and the cult success V For Vendetta. Even though acting with such big names in these films, she was able to make her mark enough to get noticed for her superb performance.
In Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror, Black Swan, she gave one of the best performances in her career. She trained for five to eight hours daily for six months and lost 20 pounds to portray the role of the troubled ballerina. Her performance stunned the critics and received amazing reviews. This also got her an Academy Award for Best Actress. After this many of her performances were critically acclaimed as well as praised by the audience.
Films like Annihilation, Vox Lux, Jackie, MCU’s the Thor Series, No Strings Attached, Knight Of Cups, and many more. She will be coming back to the big screen as Jane Foster in the much anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder. Audiences are excited to see her portrayal of the Mighty Thor.
Starting her career as a supporting actor, Emma Stone has shown immense growth since then. One of the Hollywood actresses who was often dismissed as being a typecast has shown prominent growth, by taking up challenging roles in films like Birdman, La La Land, and The Favourite.
In these, she acted opposite screen legends like Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Ryan Gosling, Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, and many more. Instead of getting shunned on the side, she shined bright among them, making a mark with her performance in each of these films. Always known for doing mostly commercial movies, she was able to break that stereotype and rise as an individual performer.
From being the cute Disney Channel sweetheart to one of the most influential actresses in Hollywood, Zendaya is here to stay. Recently making the buzz with her teen drama series Euphoria, she is now every young girl’s inspiration.
Starting her career with Disney’s Shake It Up opposite Bella Thorne, she made her mark as a teen icon and musician. After that she transitioned into Hollywood, doing more mature roles. She made her feature film debut in the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, opposite Tom Holland. Followed by co-starring in the original musical film The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Effron.
In 2019 she started Euphoria playing the character Rue, a 17-year-old drug addict who is also the narrator of the series. Her film Malcolm & Marie, opposite John David Washington, was critically appreciated. Her latest role in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was also very striking. In a very short span of time, she has garnered enough appreciation. She is now considered the most influential celebrity on Instagram.
She uses her social platforms to address racial justice, voting, body shaming, and bullying. At age 24, she became the youngest recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award for Lead Actress in HBO’s Euphoria. She is the evidence of pure raw talent.