We all know that in theory an actress is supposed to be able to act. I mean that is a bit of a no brainer is it not? To star in some of the biggest movies in the world, or even be in a show on television, the prevailing thought is that you are to be a pretty good actress to be a star.
But here is the thing, you may not be aware of this, but guys are pretty shallow. They would way rather see a super hot chick up on the screen, preferably naked, then they would like to see a woman who is a really good actress. This of course leaves Hollywood producers and directors in kind of an odd place. On the one hand they have all sorts of super good actresses who can't act at all, then on the other hand they have all sorts of chicks that are smoking hot, but they can't act their way out of a paper bag. Actually since these are hot chicks we are talking about lets say they can't act their way out of a pair of handcuffs. But I digress.
The following women are not only total smoke shows, but they can act as well. Wait a minute, hot women who are also actually talented? That's right, you heard it here first.
Here are 15 smoking chicks who can also act.
15 Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is one of those women that turns on every type of guy, from the guy who is into Nascar, to the guy who is into literature. They both are into her for the same reason of course, because she is hot as all get out, and the literature guys get into her for being the star of movies such as Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina. She has also been in a fair amount of big box office movies as well, such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Pirates of the Caribbean. She has become an incredibly successful actress, and of course it all makes sense. Your girlfriend can drag you to some awful period drama, while you pretend that you don't want to go, but really you are pumped because you get to check out Keira.
14 Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt is next on our list of super classy chicks who happen to be talented actresses that you like to picture doing all sorts of totally awful things. Her latest movies are The Huntsman: Winter's War and The Girl on the Train, proving that she has hit the mainstream, but this English actress started in theater of all things. I probably don't have to say anything else. Remember being in high school, and there was that theatre chick that you really had a crush on? She was really nice, and wasn't mean to geeks, but she also was from a super rich family, was way classier than you and also totally hot? That is what Emily Blunt is, that unattainable girl that was into theatre in high school, that was really nice to you but was also way too hot for you.
13 Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard is a French actress, a singer, environmentalist and is also a spokesperson for Greenpeace, oh and she is also totally hot. See, doesn't she seem totally out of your league already? Oh yeah and the whole actress thing? She also is pretty good at it. She won an academy award for her role in La Vie en Rose. She has spent her career alternating between big budget movies that pay her a ton, and indie movies that show how super cool and interesting she is. Marion is the perfect example of what this list is all about, as she is not only a super hot Betty, but she also has ridiculous credibility as an actress, The whole thing is a win-win, although I imagine she does have limits, pretty much all French people do.
12 Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick is inarguably a very good actress, although some will claim she is not quite hot enough for this list. She started in Broadway, and has been the star of numerous movies, including Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. Anna is one of those women that guys can not quite agree on. Some say that she is super hot, while others seem to think that she is quite average looking. And then there is the fact that average looking, if done the right way, can be totally hot. Are you still with me? Well count me in as one of the types that says Anna is a smoke show, but I may be biased as she is from Portland Maine, which is the same city as me, and I have seen her wolfing down a double cheeseburger at Five Guys. And let me tell you, it was pretty hot.
11 Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst is hot. I know that is not a secret. All you have to do is look at her to figure that out. What some may forget though is how much cred she has an actress. Although she is just 34, her career has been a bit slow as of late, other than her role in Fargo, meaning the TV show and not the movie. She started out with a role in Woody Allen's New York Stories, then was in Interview With a Vampire, Wag the Dog and Bring it On. So obviously she fits the criteria of a hot woman who also has mad skills as an actress. In fact she is so good that it seems that her career being more mellow as of late has to be her choice, like she decided that she wanted to spend much of her time being hot and rich, instead of hot and working all the time.
10 Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci sort of tips the scales a bit towards the hot side in this one. I can hear you already, all like "Umm Monica Bellucci is not that great of an actress". Well here is the thing, I think she...wait a minute sorry, I just looked at the above photo and got distracted by how incredibly hot she is. Monica was a model first who became well known for her roles in The Passion of Christ, but became really famous for her part as Persephone, in The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolution. She was also a Bond Girl recently and had a love scene with Daniel Craig of which she said "When you have to get intimate on screen with someone you do not know it is never easy, but Daniel is both a gentleman and a good actor so it was a very natural scene. He said afterwards, 'We both enjoyed that.'"
9 Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum certainly has the hot thing down. Of this there can be no doubt. You could line up thousands of hot woman and you would still notice Emmy first and pick her out of the crowd. All right, I will get back to the article as soon as I give you all a minute to imagine Emmy Rossum in the midst of a whole bunch of hot women. But hey, Emmy can act too, she is probably best known currently as the star of the television show Shameless but has been in numerous movies, such as Mystic River, Beautiful Creatures, The Day After Tomorrow, You're Not You and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy has that vibe that makes her look amazing no matter what role she plays. She is totally gorgeous.
8 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon at one point was about the biggest female star around. She started as a child actress but really hit it big when she starred in Legally Blonde. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role. She then was in Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line, for which she won an Academy Award. She also has been in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Monsters vs. Aliens, Water for Elephants, Hot Pursuit and Sing. Throughout all of these movies there is one thing that is a common thread: First of all she was good in all of them; and secondly she looked totally hot. Think she would have had all sorts of success if she looked like your Aunt Sally? I doubt it. No offense Aunt Sally.
7 Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell may be a bit of a stretch to some of you for this list. First of all she is not considered an incredibly good actress by some, secondly she is in a relationship with Dax Shepard, which should be cool, as he seems like a nice guy, but for some reason they are really irritating. They are like that couple that is so cool apart, but as soon as they are together then they start driving you crazy. But I digress. Kristen is ridiculously hot, there is no doubt of that, but she also can act. She was the star of Veronica Mars, for which she won some awards, and has also been in the awesome Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Couples' Retreat. But she is best known for a role in which we did not even see her, when she voiced Princess Anna in the movie Frozen.
6 Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski is without a doubt one of the most beautiful women in the world, but she never gets the typical hot chick roles, and for that she deserves a spot on this list. She is known for playing CIA Agent Sarah Walker in Chuck. Hannah McKay in Dexter and CIA Agent Kate Morgan in 24: Live Another Day. You don't always have to be starring in some sort of big budget Hollywood movie or a Broadway play to be a good actress, and Yvonne proves that point. She always does a good job in whatever role that she has, and she always looks smoking hot while she is doing it. To be honest, I could care less what Yvonne is starring in, as she always looks amazing; the fact that she can act is just a cherry on the sundae.
5 Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts had been kicking around as an actress for a while before she got her big break in the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive. She later starred in movies such as King Kong, The Ring, 21 Grams and The Impossible. She was nominated for an academy award for the last two. Speaking of David Lynch, isn't it time for another freaky movie from him? But let's get back to talking about Naomi, I am a few sentences in and I still have not mentioned how hot she is. And man she is really hot. So hot that she would not be able to act at all to be an asset to any movie. She really could just play anything at all, like she could be a standing lamp or a coffee table, and I would still pay money to see her in a movie.
4 Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly is gorgeous. There is no doubt about that. She would be gorgeous even if she was the chick taking your order for a Beef and Cheddar at Arby's. Labyrinth, The Hulk, Requiem for a Dream, He's Just Not That Into You and A Beautiful Mind for which she won an Academy Award. Jennifer started as a child model, so basically she has known her entire life that she was incredibly good looking, and then as an adult it just happened to turn out that she was also such a good actress that she won an Academy Award. If all of you women reading this want to start hating her now I would not blame you a bit. Us guys will just continue to be happy we can go watch some good flicks.
3 Amy Adams
Amy Adams is hot. You know how there are all those guys out there that say that redheads are either really hot, or they are not hot at all? Well Amy totally falls under that really hot category. Amy is one of the best known actresses in the world, and she can act too. Proof of that is the fact that she has won two Golden Globe nominations and has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards. She has been in Catch Me if You Can, Junebug, Enchanted, Man of Steel, American Hustle and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In all of these movies she did a really nice job and in all of them she also looked super hot. Oh and for all you redhead guys out there? Amy dyes her hair red. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, don't shoot the messenger.
2 Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks is yet another on this list who is both mind blowing in her hotness, and a darn good actress besides all of that. Her first big role was in Wet Hot American Summer, then she was in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, Pitch Perfect, The Lego Movie, and The Hunger Games. Not to get off topic, because Sam Raimi is not hot, not even a little, but if all you know him from is his big budget stuff go watch Army of Darkness and do it right now. Then you can come back and read more about how hot Elizabeth Banks is. When you think about it, the whole thing almost does not seem fair. How could someone be so hot, and also be a good actress too?
1 Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams epitomizes what this whole list is all about. First of all she is super hot, which is basically why she got her big role in Mean Girls in the first place. But then all of a sudden it turned out that she could act. She went on to star in The Notebook and of course Wedding Crashers. As of late she has been in True Detective, and of course Spotlight; she was nominated for an Academy Award for that. So this is kind of the story of this article. A girl is hot so she gets a role in a movie like Mean Girls playing a super hot high school chick. Then over time it turns out that she actually can act and gets nominated for an Oscar. Rachel is the perfect example of some good eye candy that can also act with the best of them.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB
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