Not Ophelia (most days)


Valerie. 44. Chicagoland. Actress, office drone, and fledgling digital media professional. I do not suffer snobs gladly.

Here you will find things Pre-Raphaelite, fannish obsessions, fabulous fashion, gorgeous humans, and awe-inspiring nature.

Ask me anything

"I never said I wanted to be a lead actress; I never said I wanted to be a film actress. This need to trump everyone bewilders me. I’m only 25. I’m not better than anyone. I just want to watch other people and learn to be good."

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always-la-belle-epoque:

There are so many lovely people in this industry. From my experience, the higher up in the food chain you go, the nicer they are. They know. They’ll say, “You should hear the things people said about me.” They understand that life is larger than trying to scratch everybody off of the wall. My thought is, once you get up there, then help the next person over the wall and we’ll all get there, instead of this bizarre one-handed clawing at each other. I don’t understand that at all. But the Kelli O’Haras of the world, Erin Dilly, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Julia Murney, Amy Spanger - those are classy, classy ladies. There are so many lovely, beautiful and talented women who deserve seven million Tonys and seven thousand brilliant roles.
So that’s that. Onward and upward. Musical theater is not dead and it’s not going to die, but we all have to do our part and I plan on doing mine. Hopefully everybody else does theirs, and I think a big, huge part of that is creating a community based in respect, love, honestly, and support.
-Laura Benanti, Spotlight On Interview (2006)

always-la-belle-epoque:

There are so many lovely people in this industry. From my experience, the higher up in the food chain you go, the nicer they are. They know. They’ll say, “You should hear the things people said about me.” They understand that life is larger than trying to scratch everybody off of the wall. My thought is, once you get up there, then help the next person over the wall and we’ll all get there, instead of this bizarre one-handed clawing at each other. I don’t understand that at all. But the Kelli O’Haras of the world, Erin Dilly, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Julia Murney, Amy Spanger - those are classy, classy ladies. There are so many lovely, beautiful and talented women who deserve seven million Tonys and seven thousand brilliant roles.

So that’s that. Onward and upward. Musical theater is not dead and it’s not going to die, but we all have to do our part and I plan on doing mine. Hopefully everybody else does theirs, and I think a big, huge part of that is creating a community based in respect, love, honestly, and support.

-Laura Benanti, Spotlight On Interview (2006)

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beeftony:

lemonsharks:

littlegreyed:

#but i love jane  #i love that she’s driven and how dedicated she is to her work  #and i love that she’s so open about her attraction to thor  #she giggles and flirts  #because why the fuck not???  #it’s fucking thor  #i’m just tired of seeing people fawn all over pepper and peggy and sif and natasha and darcy  #yet completely dismiss jane  #they are all amazing wonderful ladies  #i’m tired of people hating on her because she ”gets giggly over thor” or because ”she was just a love interest”  #there was so much more to her than that  #btw this is not directed to anyone on my dash at all  #this is more of a general tumblr thing  #and also because of reblogs of that one marvel ladies graphic i did  #where all i see are reblogs and comments of people saying how ”they love all these ladies but not jane”  #it’s really tiring to see  #plz stop  #jane foster: woman of science and made of awesome 

Dude.  dude.
Jane only really fell for Thor when he STARTED TALKING SCIENCE AT HER.
I mean.
She was not hot for his ass first.
She was hot for his answers first.
And then that moment of, “oh HELL NO you do not get to get away without making out” followed directly from a night talking about Einstein-Rosen Bridges and how they work.
JANE IS ALL ABOUT THE SCIENCE. SHE BUILT ALL HER OWN EQUIPMENT.  
She is like a stable, public-grant-funded, chick version of Tony Stark in terms of her gearheadedness, ladies and dudes and gentlebeings.

Plus in the newest movie she only kisses him after he explains how the convergence works. “I like it when you explain things.”

YES YES YES to all of this. (With slight skepticism for “stable,” but in contrast to Tony? Absofrickinlutely.)

beeftony:

lemonsharks:

littlegreyed:

#but i love jane  #i love that she’s driven and how dedicated she is to her work  #and i love that she’s so open about her attraction to thor  #she giggles and flirts  #because why the fuck not???  #it’s fucking thor  #i’m just tired of seeing people fawn all over pepper and peggy and sif and natasha and darcy  #yet completely dismiss jane  #they are all amazing wonderful ladies  #i’m tired of people hating on her because she ”gets giggly over thor” or because ”she was just a love interest”  #there was so much more to her than that  #btw this is not directed to anyone on my dash at all  #this is more of a general tumblr thing  #and also because of reblogs of that one marvel ladies graphic i did  #where all i see are reblogs and comments of people saying how ”they love all these ladies but not jane”  #it’s really tiring to see  #plz stop  #jane foster: woman of science and made of awesome 

Dude.  dude.

Jane only really fell for Thor when he STARTED TALKING SCIENCE AT HER.

I mean.

She was not hot for his ass first.

She was hot for his answers first.

And then that moment of, “oh HELL NO you do not get to get away without making out” followed directly from a night talking about Einstein-Rosen Bridges and how they work.

JANE IS ALL ABOUT THE SCIENCE. SHE BUILT ALL HER OWN EQUIPMENT.  

She is like a stable, public-grant-funded, chick version of Tony Stark in terms of her gearheadedness, ladies and dudes and gentlebeings.

Plus in the newest movie she only kisses him after he explains how the convergence works. “I like it when you explain things.”

YES YES YES to all of this. (With slight skepticism for “stable,” but in contrast to Tony? Absofrickinlutely.)

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beingruth:

myalchod:

camposova:

optimysticals:

Charles Dance fanboying about Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith

Queens of Awesome

Actually giddy this turned up on my dash to reblog; I didn’t have a Tumblr the first time. XD

Always reblog, because even better than fabulous dames are fabulous anecdotes about fabulous dames from a fabulous actor who obviously appreciates them. XD

This just makes me happy on so many levels

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"They are all okay, and all those things could exist in the same woman. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.”

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theorlandojones:

Such an honor for my castmates and I to meet Officer Wendy Yancey, the only female officer from the real Sleepy Hollow PD in Tarry Town, NY & a woman of color.
She said that tourism to the village has increased over 30% since the show premiered.

theorlandojones:

Such an honor for my castmates and I to meet Officer Wendy Yancey, the only female officer from the real Sleepy Hollow PD in Tarry Town, NY & a woman of color.

She said that tourism to the village has increased over 30% since the show premiered.

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Ladies and gentlemen, arguably  the only actual functional adult at Honolulu Heights.

(Srsly, though, the degree of sheer determination required for her to hold it together this much at this moment, just… *jawdrop* Do not fuck with tiny blonde werewolf.)

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"I’m on a mission. Miss America has always been the girl next door, but Miss America is evolving. And she is not going to look the same anymore. I am Nina Davuluri, and I celebrate diversity through cultural competency."

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When I started Stargate, I got the part, I was SO thrilled to have this INCREDIBLE character, to be playing someone in the military. I had SO much respect, to be playing someone who’s so smart and so liberated and… I thought “Yes!”

I had two weeks to move from Toronto to Vancouver. I flew out there, I had my first wardrobe fitting. And one of the things that was in… THE thing that was in the wardrobe room was a very low-cut tank top and a push-up bra…
And I turned to the costume designer - whom I’ve worked with since, who’s wonderful - and I said “What… What is this?”
And she said “Well.. they wanna see what you look like in it.”
And I said “…but this… NOBODY in the military, no captain in the US airforce would wear this… while her male counterparts are wearing crewneck t-shirts and… I c… I can’t do it!”
And she said “Well, they just wanna see what you look like and take a picture and…”
I was like “…”.
And I PANICKED because I thought, I had just been given this AMAZING opportunity - I didn’t know it would last 10 years but I knew it was gonna be a kick-ass show - and I was like… “I can’t do it…”

And I started to cry and I said “You have to go upstairs and tell them I’m not doing it. And if it means that they recast the part then recast the part but you’ve cast a smart woman and you’ve cast somebody who has NEVER tried to get a job based on her looks or her body, I’ve always played strong, smart women, I… I can’t do it. So if they wanna recast the part I totally get it but I’m not playing THAT version of this character.”

But I’m saying this while I’m blubbering because I’m suffering that I’ve just lost maybe the best job of my career…
And so she said “Okay” and I said “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ve NEVER been difficult, I don’t… but I CAN’T do that!”
So she went upstairs and she came back down and she said “Okay, no problem.”
And I said “Okay, so what’s my costume?”
And she said “Well…”
And I said “Just… What are the guys wearing?”
So she handed me a black T-Shirt and the BDUs, which is what my character would wear in the field with her male counterparts, and that’s where we went from there.

But that to me was the defining moment of…
And I STILL cry about it because I still remember that young woman on the verge of breaking into the… new something big, being petrified that she was gonna loose it, but… I knew that I couldn’t play the TNA version of Sam Carter.

Amanda Tapping

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