11 Great Celebs Who I Wish Were Better Actors

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You know that thing where you have a new friend at work or something, and they invite you to a gig that their band is doing, or an improv show, or to a cabaret showcase? And you’re so totally jazzed about your coworker as a person….until you go see their thing, and it totally sucks, and you can never see them in the same way?

Well that’s my nightmare, first of all, because I’m totally that stereotypical person at work who invites people to my shows — but also it’s been happening to me a lot with a ton of different celebrities. They seem really cool, or they’re really good at modeling, or really poised in interviews or something, but then I go to watch them in a movie and I’m like, “Ew yuck no, what is this?” And I even give them the benefit of the doubt, but then I see a few more movies and it’s just…really obvious. And I hate it.

It’s just another little reminder that life isn’t fair: you can be beautiful, rich, famous, and talented in other areas, and still not have anything fantabulous going on in the acting department, y’know? And yes, all these people are far more successful than I will ever be, and the fact that they’re not super great at acting doesn’t seem to have hurt their careers any. Don’t think I don’t notice that. But they chose acting for their job, and I chose blogging for mine, so I think they’re fair game. We all have different skill sets: you get paid XXXXX dollars to do your job, and I get paid .000XX dollars to criticize it.

So here they are, folks — 11 Great Celebrities Who I Wish Were Better Actors.

1. EMMA WATSON

Emma Watson The Bling Ring Screening(Photo: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN)

I loved her in Harry Potter, and I will defend Emma as Hermione until the day I die, but is it possible that she peaked early? She’s got a lot of other stuff going for her! She went to an Ivy League, can rock a pixie cut, is into sustainable fashion, and is super likable in interviews. Maybe acting just isn’t her thing.

2. ZAC EFRON

Zac Efron 2013 Tribeca Film Festival April 19 2013 New York City NY(Photo: PNP/WENN)

I wanted to love you in movies, Zac, but then you turned down Footloose and simultaneously broke my heart and proved that you don’t know the first thing about your movie career. You do know some things about abs, though. So that’s a bonus.

3. DREW BARRYMORE

Drew Barrymore New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala NYC September 19 2013(Photo: C.Smith/WENN)

You seem like a real nice lady, but until you can talk out of somewhere other than the side of your mouth, I think I’m okay for now.

4. BEN AFFLECK

Ben Affleck Premiere of Runner Runner September 19 2013 Las Vegas Nevada(Photo: Joel Ginsburg/WENN)

Yeah yeah yeah, Ben, you’re real great with your shiny new Argo and all, and your kids are super adorable. But let’s just say we all saw Pearl Harbor and leave it at that. You don’t want me to bring up Giglido you?

5. SELENA GOMEZ

Selena Gomez at LA Getaway Premiere August 26 2013 Los Angeles California(Photo: Try CW/Future Image/WENN)

Oh Selena, you sweet sweet treasure. You seem so lovely, but we can’t take you seriously in any kind of role because you look like you’re twelve.

6. TOBEY MAGUIRE

Tobey Maguire Australian Premiere of The Great Gatsby MAy 22 2013 Sydney Australia(Photo: WENN)

It’s not saying much when you’re the least memorable part of The Great Gatsby.

7. CAMERON DIAZ

Cameron Diaz Tag Heuer Yacht Party Monte Carlo Monaco May 25 2013(Photo: ATP/WENN)

I assume she’d be really fun to hang out with in real life, but she effectively ruined The Holiday for me, and I can never forgive her for it. Once you realize how bad she is, you can never unsee it.

8. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Justin Timberlake Premiere of Runner Runner September 19 2013 Las Vegas Nevada(Photo: Joel Ginsburg/WENN)

I wouldn’t say JT is the worst thing ever, but I’d prefer for my memory of him and his music to be untainted by the fact that he’s about to play A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT at age thirty-two in Runner Runner.

9. JESSICA ALBA

Jessica Alba Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 September 7 2013 New York City NY(Photo: Alberto Reyes/WENN)

If anyone was going to be a Jessica Alba fan it was me — I got on board with her career on the ground floor, with Dark Angel. But then Honey came along, and it’s all been downhill since. Maybe stick to being an awesome mom and looking ridiculously gorgeous on the red carpet? Cool.

10. CHANNING TATUM

Channing Tatum White House Down September 4 2013 Madrid Spain(Photo: DyD Fotografos/Future Image/WENN)

Can he dance? Yes. Is his daughter Everly adorable? Yes. But until we can start talking about him in a movie without the caveat of ‘surprisingly good’ or ‘not that bad’, we need to stop casting him in every single thing ever.

11. BLAKE LIVELY

Blake Lively Milan Fashion Week September 18 2013 Milan Italy(Photo: WENN)

Another beautiful gem upon whom I could gaze for days, and who seems like a very nice girl in every interview I’ve seen. I just think maybe she coasts on her looks a little bit, acting-wise? Any chance that’s a real thing?

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    • elle

      I agree with all of these but especially Emma Watson. And I feel like I (and also now you) are the only people in the world to see it because everybody I know leaps to defend her mediocre acting.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know! Everybody’s so touchy about it.

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    • AnonyMouse

      Also, Jennifer Aniston. She’s good at playing one thing, Jennifer Aniston. She has zero depth. She’s herself/Rachel from Friends in everything she does. I like her as a person, but she’s not a great talent as an actor.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I don’t know…I feel like she’s at least consistent. She’s different, for me. I think i might just be biased from Friends, though.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I don’t know…I feel like she’s at least consistent. She’s different, for me. I think i might just be biased from Friends, though.

    • CortCab

      Wait, in JT’s defense, IMDB says his character in Runner Runner is a Princeton grad student, not a high school kid.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Then what do you expect me to do with all this misplaced indignation?!?!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Then what do you expect me to do with all this misplaced indignation?!?!

      • Elisa

        true, I saw the movie

    • boywithbluehanger

      The simple fact that you added Tatum (my nemesis) and Jessica Alba, makes me nod at the overall effort in this list.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Do you and Tatum have epic superhero fights that I should know about or be attending?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Do you and Tatum have epic superhero fights that I should know about or be attending?

      • boywithbluehanger

        No but you can thank me for his character’s death in G.I. Joe Retaliation.
        COBRAAAAAA!!!!!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh you mean the movie that went back into production so they could write him into it more?

      • boywithbluehanger

        “More” lol…Yeah he still died at the beginning. :)

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Haha did he? I didn’t see it.

    • DuBois

      Timberlake did a great job in The Social Network.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s true, but I feel like in general he should stick to singing.

      • DuBois

        I’m indifferent to his music, so I wouldn’t mind if he gave up music entirely and just acted.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s true, but I feel like in general he should stick to singing.

    • Ria

      She’s not on your list and I hate even typing this because I think she’s one of the most gorgeous, ravishing, coolest, fun women to ever exist but…Mila Kunis always lets me down:( She had that good stint in Black Swan but everything else, not so impressive. I still rent everything she’s in though, I have hope!

    • Ria

      She’s not on your list and I hate even typing this because I think she’s one of the most gorgeous, ravishing, coolest, fun women to ever exist but…Mila Kunis always lets me down:( She had that good stint in Black Swan but everything else, not so impressive. I still rent everything she’s in though, I have hope!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Ooh that’s a good point! She totally deserves a spot on here!

    • teflonvagina

      Nailed it.

    • Misenhammer

      I’m so so late. But I wanted to say I actually thought Emma was great in Bling Ring! After seeing Pretty Wild, she encapsulates the obnoxiousness of Alexis perfectly.

      And also, Blake Lively’s acting is just gut wrenchingly awful. Ugh ugh ugh ugh

      And I continue to not get the attraction to Channing.

    • Allie

      Spot On! But if you’re going to call out Emma Watson, Dan Radcliffe needs a shout out. Cameron Diaz also ruined The Holiday for me. Also, whoever grows the pair to tell Jessica Alba that she can’t act must also tell her that blonde doesn’t work for her.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I guess I haven’t seen Daniel Radcliffe in enough to judge, yet. I don’t even know that I’ve seen a movie of his since Harry Potter, so I guess ‘Kill Your Darlings’ will be the deciding factor.

    • Angel

      No way, you seem totally jealous. I don’t agree with ANY of your assessments here, which is a real disappointment considering I really enjoyed your other articles. Well, that means that for me, YOU just ruined your blogging career this time around. I can never read your blogs the same again. You have absolutely no taste or talent in your judgment of actors/actresses! That means you are no good at blogging. I wish you were, but alas, you are crass. Try another career, sweety!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Okay, well bummer! Thanks for trying.

    • saganaki

      Oh hey, Blake Lively was a really good blue collar druggie in The Town.

      Which was another Affleck-directed movie. Which has me wanting to tell him that if even Tarrantino learned to stay behind the camera, then hint hint.

    • Bri

      JT was playing a grad student in Runner Runner. I think everyone realized that even just undergraduate may be pushing it a little

    • Xolodnyj

      Cameron Diaz doesn’t belong on your list.. Being John Malkovich, The Last Supper, Any Given Sunday, Something About Mary,
      And Emma Watson.. come on man, she is JUST getting her career started. She was locked in for Harry Potter, and she got good reviews for Perks of Being a Wallflower.

    • dickyroberts

      lol what a douchebag writer, emma watson as number 1? she’s been in like.. 3 other movies? and one was a convincing californicated pseudoslut.. i blame the character design not the actual essence of acting as thecharacter