34 Actors Who Impressed Us In 2014 There were plenty of impressive performances this year, but BuzzFeed Entertainment talked to the stars within about their particularly outstanding acting achievements in 2014. by , , , , , , ,
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The Transformation of Eddie Redmayne by Adam B. Vary
In It’s a performance that could catapult Redmayne to an Oscar. The Theory of Everything, the 32-year-old actor went through a rigorous, painful process to take on the physicality and emotional life of famed scientist Stephen Hawking.
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Lisa Kudrow's "Comeback" Is A Rare Second Chance by Kate Aurthur
In 2005, Kudrow and Michael Patrick King created Nine years later, they tell BuzzFeed News the story behind the now-beloved cult comedy’s unlikely return. The Comeback for HBO, but, ahead of its time in its critique of celebrity, reality TV, and narcissism, it lasted only one season.
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Why Mellie Grant Is The Smartest Woman In The Room On "Scandal" by Louis Peitzman
Love her or hate her, first lady Mellie Grant is a force to be reckoned with on Her portrayer Bellamy Young spoke to BuzzFeed News about playing such a divisive character, the double standards women face, and why Mellie should never be underestimated. Scandal.
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How Bill Hader Became A Serious Actor by Adam B. Vary
The Saturday Night Live alum shows off some major acting chops in the delightful dramedy The Skeleton Twins, but getting to this moment took Hader on some unexpected detours.
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Martha Plimpton Moves On (Again) by Kate Aurthur
In the course of nearly 35 years as a professional actress, the But if there's anything Plimpton's illustrious, challenging career has taught her, it's that nothing lasts, and that this is OK. And that it's boring to still be talking about Raising Hope star has had only one steady job — and it just ended. The Goonies.
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How To Survive As A Reality Television Family by Louis Peitzman
After five years on Now reality veterans, they reflect on how to stay real in the world of "reality." The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Caroline Manzo and her family are continuing their on-camera lives with their spin-off Manzo'd With Children.
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Tilda Swinton Thinks Fame Can Turn People Into Vampires by Adam B. Vary
With four films opening in 2014 in the U.S. — including Wes Anderson's But Swinton could scarcely care less. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive — the 53-year-old's celebrity only stands to grow.
Lee Pace Is Ready For The Spotlight, But Not The Scrutiny by Jarett Wieselman
Before the Pushing Daisies alum embarked on his two most high-profile projects to date — AMC's Halt and Catch Fire and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy — he told BuzzFeed News he wouldn't compromise his privacy for viewers' curiosity.
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The Actress Who Can Do Everything by Kate Aurthur
Melanie Lynskey exploded into film 20 years ago, playing a murderous teenager in She talked to BuzzFeed News about her career choices, Charlie Sheen, and full-frontal nudity. Heavenly Creatures — this year, she was a hipster mom in Happy Christmas.
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Katharine McPhee Is Reintroducing Herself by Louis Peitzman
It's been eight years since the world first met Katharine McPhee on With the musical drama American Idol, and this year, she took on her first major non-singing television role on CBS's Scorpion. Smash behind her, she's more determined than ever to prove herself.
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Jack O'Connell's Journey From British Bad Boy To American Hero by Jaimie Etkin
In playing prisoner of war Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort, It's a challenge O'Connell eagerly accepted and an opportunity he didn't take lightly. Unbroken, the former Skins star earned the role that could transform his career.
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The Rise Of Poussey On "Orange Is The New Black" by Emily Orley
Samira Wiley and her character have become the major breakouts of the Netflix series' second season. The actress talks to BuzzFeed about Poussey's growth and becoming a fan favorite.
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The Actress Behind Paris Geller Is All Grown Up by Emily Orley
Liza Weil, best known for playing Rory Gilmore's neurotic frenemy on Gilmore Girls, talks to BuzzFeed News about what she learned from life in Stars Hollow, working in ShondaLand for five years, and becoming a series regular again on How to Get Away With Murder.
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Rene Russo Finally Steps Back Into The Spotlight by Adam B. Vary
Nearly 10 years after her last leading role, the beloved actress looks back at her career, her self-imposed acting hiatus, and tells BuzzFeed News why she's back with the riveting Nightcrawler — for now.
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Erika Christensen's Journey From Teen Star To "Parenthood" by Kate Aurthur
She was a druggie rich kid in Traffic at 17, and at 31 is a lawyer mom on Parenthood — here, Christensen talks with BuzzFeed News about her long career, growing up famous, Scientology, and how harrowing it’s been for her character this season.
The Breakout Villain of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 2 by Emily Orley
Lorraine Toussaint, who plays the manipulative Vee on Season 2 of Netflix's women's prison drama, talks to BuzzFeed News about stepping into the role of Litchfield's most dangerous disruptor. In other words: You don’t know Vee. TV and Movies
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