In sports and in Hollywood, sometimes rookies burst on the scene and leave us wanting more.
At times we think “There’s no way they can keep up that scorching pace for their whole career” (see: Kevin Maas, Yahoo Serious). For these five actresses, the way they broke through was just too illustrious to sustain over a whole career- but for a fleeting moment, they were at the pinnacle of hotness.
Introduced as Michelle’s sister Cadence, I was as captivated as Stifler and Finch were by this new talent. It’s not that she’s grown unattractive since then (though this visual doesn’t help), for me it’s been the gradual reveal of her vapid, dull personality that sapped her momentum. Her spot hosting SNL in 2009 was nearly unwatchable, and she did her best to try to ruin a great X-Men character.
In 2002, “The Blue Crush girl” skyrocketed to the forefront of my radar. I couldn’t wait to see her in future movies. Problem was, in 2004 I think I was more impressed with Josh Duhamel’s dreamy stature in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton than I was with Bosworth’s cute grocery store cashier. Oh, and then she ruined Lois Lane.
I didn’t think it could get worse than Margot Kidder.
He’s f@#*ing Superman! He could get any girl on the planet! Teri Hatcher and Erica Durance? Now those are women I can buy Superman being in love with.
Man. When Cameron burst onto the screen in 1994’s The Mask.. just.. wow. 18 year old me just didn’t know what to do with that information. I was sure Cameron Diaz was set to become the Marilyn Monroe of our generation. She’s certainly still hot, but not The Mask hot.
The O.C. was a good show for a lot of reasons. Seth Cohen was the geek’s geek; he gave guys like me hope of landing an amazingly hot girlfriend who tolerated- NAY appreciated my love of comic books and Star Wars.
Although Rachel Bilson’s Summer Roberts outshined Mischa Barton’s Marissa Cooper from the start, Barton was still a stunner at the time. She seems to have gone sideways since the show wrapped in 2007. Olivia Wilde joining the cast in 2004 did nothing for Barton’s stock, either.
Depending on your age, you first laid eyes on Princess Leia in 1977, 1980 or 1983. For me, it was 1983 so for the purposes of this “experiment” we are working with Return of the Jedi, and of course, Slave Leia.