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  • Not even out of puberty yet, Millie Bobby Brown has excelled at playing creepy children. Roles include: a sociopath who killed her mom on NCIS, the possessed host of an immortal serial killer on Intruders, and a girl with telekinetic powers who was raised in a lab and has a propensity for Kubrick staring on Stranger Things.
  • Actresses who star in horror movies tend to pick up reputations as "scream queens." Some actresses (such as Debbie Rochon and Jamie Lee Curtis) have embraced the title, while others resent it (Fay Wray wound up taking her career to England because of it). A full list can be found on The Other Wiki.
  • Overweight black actresses (such as Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah) are often typecast as the Sassy Black Woman, or as a Mammy type back in the day. Such actresses are often criticized for only choosing stereotypical roles, despite the fact that these roles are often the only ones they can get.
    • Mo'Nique completely averts this in Precious, and it could very well launch her career into new heights.
    • Hattie McDaniel might as well have made Mammy her Stage Name; her screen contract forbade her from losing weight. Criticized by other African-Americans for playing these roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week, than be a maid for $7."
  • Characters played by British actresses Imelda Staunton and Pam Ferris are often of the Jerkass and/or Sadist Teacher variety. See Harry Potter and Matilda for examples.
  • And now we move onto the Deadpan Snarker Section:
    • Rose McGowan is always the deadpan snarker, because that's who she is in real life.
    • Emma Stone is always the deadpan snarker in teen comedies or rom-coms who often squints her eyes and mouths her words.
    • Mila Kunis is always the deadpan snarker in comedies (though not always the same type). Averted with Oz the Great and Powerful and Max Payne.
  • Blondes carry their own stigma: They can either play the Jezebel, the mean girl, the bimbo, or some combination thereof.
  • Jennifer Aniston. Plays the girl next door and... the girl next door. Most of her post-Leprechaun movies are Rom Coms, except Derailed (where she has an affair and is raped and blackmailed). Other exceptions: The Good Girl, Marley & Me and Horrible Bosses.
  • Devon Aoki is the badass Asian girl.
    • Also, she doesn't talk as much as she acts.
  • Amy Acker tends to play scientists whenever Joss Whedon casts her - Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods, with the exception of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where she played a musician and had the show lasted long enough for her to appear, would have played an actor in Firefly. When she was cast in Person of Interest, she played a computer hacker, which is somewhat simpler. Her characters also tend to be a bit on the crazy side.
  • When Bea Arthur was cast as Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls, the similarities to Maude were noticed immediately and she was asked if she was worried about being typcast. She responded that life was too short to worry about that.
    • Although, The Golden Girls almost had this happen three times over. Originally the other two parts were reversed, Betty White was to play the bitchy man-eater Blanche and Rue McClanahan was to play to cheerful airhead Rose. These lined up pretty well with the actresses previous roles, White's Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Vivian Harmon of Maude. When the show was cast this way, Arthur declined, saying she didn't want to do "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann." It was only after the parts were switched that she agreed.
  • Silent movie star Theda Bara was known to play The Vamp, she would be as dramatic as her characters. Sadly she was stuck in the type, despite playing wholesome women as wellnote . After ending her contract to Fox she was unable to shake off the Vamp parodying it in 3 silent Comedies. She retired in 1926 just as Sound Films came in.
  • Morena Baccarin's most prominent roles have been oddly specific as "Superhero's Girlfriend." Vanessa, Deadpool's Love Interest in the film version. Leslie Thompkins, Jim Gordon's Love Interest in Gotham (as well as the real-life fiance of Ben McKenzie). She's also played Talia al-Ghul (Love Interest to Batman) and Black Canary (Love Interest to Green Arrow) in several DCAU productions.
  • If Ashley Benson appears in any circle of four, she will almost always be Sanguine. Or the Genius Ditz.
  • Angela Bettis' characters are either socially outcast and strange (May, the 2002 remake of Carrie) or mentally unhinged (May again, Girl, Interrupted)
  • Jessica Biel was worried enough about her typecasting as the "good girl" from 7th Heaven (which had cost her the lead role in American Beauty) that she posed half-naked for Gear magazine (when she was seventeen!) in order to shake off that image and get out of her contract on the show. It worked.
  • Nikki Blonsky always seems to get typecast as a fat teenager who's around to prove a point. This may be the main reason why her career never took off despite a lot of hype for her in the beginning.
  • Characters played by Mischa Barton usually tend to end up in relationships with other girls, at least briefly. The same is sometimes true for her OC girlfriend Olivia Wilde.
  • Claudia Black seems to show up as capable, confident, and very sarcastic characters, whether she is there in person or it is just her voice.
  • Helena Bonham-Carter used to be The Ingenue. Since the late nineties, however, she's typically been a darkly funny nutcase, often with a dishevelled look (Fight Club, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Les Misérables (2012)), and when not, she is virtually always in a less-than-glamorous/villainous role (Planet of the Apes (2001), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland (2010))
  • Italian actress Margherita Buy is almost always typecast as neurotic, stressed, over-worked career women.
  • Charisma Carpenter tends to be cast as the toothy and superficial airhead (with examples such as Buffy and Veronica Mars), though after Angel supplied the former with Character Development she proved that she could do better. Alas.
  • Glenn Close doubled down on this one. In the early and mid-1980s, she was nominated for three Oscars playing nurturing, vaguely maternal women (The Natural, The Big Chill and The World According to Garp). Then, she took the Fatal Attraction part and completely U-turned, getting another Oscar nom as a murderously unhinged mistress. She couldn't get out of that stereotype for a while, ultimately playing Cruella de Vil in the live-action 101 Dalmatians (1996), until her recent Oscar nomination for a woman posing as a man.
  • Courteney Cox has tended to play uber bitch characters, sometimes with a Hidden Heart of Gold, sometimes without. See: Scream, Dirt, Cougar Town, Tomboy, and her role in Scrubs as examples. Her most famous role was even Flanderised into this.
  • Joan Crawford had to suffer greatly in whatever film she starred in. Especially if it was made during the 1930s or 40s.





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