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20 Female Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In Their Movie Roles, I Can't Imagine Anyone Else Playing Them

Whoopi Goldberg was brilliant as Sister Mary Clarence.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which female actors were perfectly cast in their movie roles. Here are the brilliant results:


1. Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera in Knives Out (2019)

Marta revealing to everyone that Hugh was the one who killed Harlan

2. Saoirse Ronan as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson in Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird leaving her mom a voicemail outside of a church in New York City

3. Awkwafina as Billi Wang in The Farewell (2019)

Billi telling her mom in the back party room how frustrated and sad she was when they moved to the States

4. Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Lisa hiding in the basement, creepily telling Susanna she's playing the villain just like she expected

5. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002)

Velma singing "All That Jazz"

6. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Tina standing up to Ike in her dressing room just before she performs as a solo act for the first time

7. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies

8. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the MCU movies

9. Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks in the Scary Movie movies

Brenda watching the news and telling Cindy a white girl fell down the well

10. Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Selena (1997)

Selena at a restaurant with Chris telling him how much she loves pizza

11. Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)

Penny Lane telling William her and her friends aren't groupies: they're "Band Aids"

12. Kara Hayward as Suzy Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Suzy looking outside the window with her binoculars

13. Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson/Red in Us (2019)

Adelaide looking at Red in a petrified way after she broke into her house

14. Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in the Sister Act movies

Deloris saying grace at the lunch table with the fellow nuns at the convent

15. Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991)

Morticia cutting a rose in her house, telling Gomez not to worry

16. Jennifer Hudson as Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006)

Effie singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" to Curtis alone on stage

17. Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Kat calling Joey an asshole in English class

18. Queen Latifah as Cleo Sims in Set It Off (1996)

19. Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies

Professor McGonagall casting a spell to protect Hogwarts during the Battle of Hogwarts

20. And Carrie Fisher as Princes Leia/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise

Leia angrily telling Han he's a scruffy-looking nerf-herder

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

An earlier version of this post featured Elliot Page in Juno before he came out as trans in December of 2020, and has since been deleted.