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20 Famous Hollywood Actresses Who Can’t Actually Act

10 May 2014 | Features, People Lists | by Ross Smythe

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From Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, to Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence – there has never been any shortage of ‘beauty with brains’ in the tinsel town of Hollywood. Kate Winslet’s turn as ‘Rose’ in ‘Titanic’ was the starting point of a hugely successful career. Even unconventionally beautiful actresses (think: Halle Berry) have managed to wow audiences with their performances. However, not all Hollywood hotties have managed to bring the two attributes together.

Judging from Rihanna’s first few movies, it looks like Hollywood has got yet another pop star/hotbod who cannot act at all. Rose McGowan and Drew Barrymore (apart from a couple of roles here and there) have not done much more in their careers than pout and flutter their pretty eyelashes. Emma Roberts is one from the younger brigade who has, as yet, showcased no great acting skills. Thankfully, we have Meryl Streep still going strong, Amy Adams keeping people falling in love with her, Emma Watson moving out of her ‘Hermione’ image, and Shailene Woodley impressing with her second outing (‘Divergent’) itself. After all, dumb beauties can be tolerated for only so long – you need to see some intelligence and spark on the big screen too!

We have here listed some glamorous, beautiful actresses (some of them have even won awards!) who can’t act to save their lives:


1. Malin Akerman


No one really noticed this blonde Swedish bombshell in ‘27 Dresses’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’. She did manage to show some spark as ‘Silk Spectre II’ in ‘Watchmen’ – but followed that up with turkeys like ‘Couples Retreat’ and ‘Wanderlust’. Judging from her expressionless, wooden performances – we can state with confidence that she should have stuck with her musical career. Akerman currently plays the main role in a sitcom called ‘Trophy Wife’ – a title which, ironically, fits her perfectly.


2. Janet Jackson

janet jackson

Another case of a moderately successful pop star misled into thinking that she could become an actress too. The in-your-face sexual overtones in Jackson’s first music album (‘Janet’) were just what teens were looking for. What followed next was not quite the stuff fans had bargained for though – with Janet either whining or trying to sound soulful while reciting dreary verses in ‘Poetic Justice’.

A slightly better performance in ‘The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps’ followed, but the ‘wannabe actress’ was back to her cringeworthy self in the two ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ films. With depression, manic obsessions, and a sad excuse of a brother to deal with, Janet Jackson always had too much on her platter to properly concentrate on acting as well. Terrible actress, who did not get much chance to improve!


3. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

If acting was a pendulum between sighing heavily, and…well…sighing more heavily, Stewart would have been a multiple Oscar-winner by now. Her ‘Bella’-act in the otherwise-successful ‘Twilight’ franchise has got to be one of the most consistently expressionless feats in the history of Hollywood. ‘Welcome To The Rileys’ (2010) remains Stewart’s finest onscreen performance till date – and even that is not a patch on the recent works of many of her contemporaries. Unfortunately for her, a gorgeous face and forever puckered lips cannot serve as substitutes to emotions.


4. Beyonce


When Beyonce sang ‘Crazy In Love’, she became the darling of music-fans worldwide overnight. Then came her hamming act in ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’. Not taking a hint from the criticism directed at her performance, Beyonce went ahead to do forgettable flicks like ‘The Pink Panther’ (at least it has some fans!), ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Obsessed’ (the last one being an absolute howler). ‘Epic’ (2013) finally highlighted where Beyonce was going wrong with her film career. As long as she was not seen on screen, her voiceovers were good enough.


5. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Back in the ‘90s, most guys had a big crush on ‘Rachel’ – the character played by Aniston – in the cult hit sitcom, ‘Friends’. The breathtakingly pretty lass proved with ‘The Good Girl’, that acting prowess was not something she lacked. Either due to a lack of interest, or overconfidence, or an inability to adapt to different roles – Aniston has become increasingly repetitive in her most recent ventures. Her mere presence added charm to flicks like ‘Horrible Bosses’ and ‘We’re The Millers’, but her performances had nothing to do with these films’ commercial success.


6. Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Ah, an actress who thought that copy-pasting her ‘Sex & The City’ act would be equally appreciated in every film. Thanks to her extremely limited acting capacities, Parker has been stereotyped for roles of snooty, high-society ladies only. Unfortunately, she failed to excel in her comfort zone as well, with ‘Sex & The City 2’ turning out to be an assault on viewers’ senses. Flash that smile of yours at media events Sarah, you simply do not have the range and versatility to make it big in Hollywood. What’s the point of doing one bad film after another?


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  • Bria

    The photo for #17 isn’t Meagan Good…the photo you show is of Shannyn Sossamon from ‘One Missed Call’ and ‘Wristcutters’

  • Jarvis

    Mean-spirited misogynistic horseshit.

    • Smegtasticus

      Pfff. How is pointing out lack of talent misogynistic?

      • Jarvis

        It’s not. But the (piss poor) writing is. Pretty much every entry refers to the actor’s looks in an mindbogglingly smug and patronising way – “she’s pretty but she can’t act.” Ugh. A few choice quotes:

        blonde Swedish bombshell
        gorgeous face and forever puckered lips
        breathtakingly pretty lass
        Flash that smile
        Drop-dead good looks
        incredibly hot
        pretty damsel
        If looks could kill
        Pretty face
        incredibly sexy
        breathtakingly beautiful
        Dusky, smoldering beauty
        Sultry sirens
        blonde bombshell
        good looks
        hourglass figure

        • Smegtasticus

          Yeah. It does kind of reduce them to a set of shallow descriptors.

          These sorts of lists are often smug and patronising, regardless of whether they are misogynistic or not.

        • xXGrizZ

          Maybe because that’s how it is in movies… You either get in because you can act or you get in because of looks. Additionally, because of the very definition and nature of acting, other than their appearance or acting ability there is nothing else you can know about them. What do you expect the author to say, ‘Well she can’t act but I have a strong gut feeling that she must be a good person and an avid reader of classical french poetry. Though her cooking skills leave something to be desired; I could see it in her eyes when she was busy looking lifeless and wooden in that one scene.”

        • susan

          so true

  • Romeo Garcia

    C’mon….Lindsay,Kiera and Sienna have they stuff….But the others (Specially Katherine,Megan,Kim and Paris) have no idea what ACTING means!!!

  • Bintang Lestada


    • species-521

      You mean “Missy”, not queen…

  • fllyer

    what bullshit, why is this shit even on here? Brainless entertainment

  • Jay Michael Jones

    And here I was thinking I was the only person in the world who doesn’t think everything Beyonce does is great. She looks good and knows how to use publicity to her best advantage, but as an actress she’s just meh.

    • Heather101

      Yes, Beyoncé’s beauty lights up a screen. She was named as one of the most beautiful actresses ever by LA Times. But Beyoncé is actually a good actress for somebody who has only did 7 movies. A lot of great actresses got better the more movies they did. I thought she did a good job in Austin Powers. I mean seriously in Austin Powers you’re suppose to ham it up. It’s an over-the-top movie. I didn’t get the writer there. She did get some new reviews for her character. She got a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. I noticed he skipped over her performance in Cadillac Records, which garner her great reviews and some people thought that she might even deserved an Oscar nomination. Her actual performance in Obsessed was good, but people wanted to criticize it becaue of the plot. And yes, she did a good job in Epic. The author seems biased to thinking that singers that also act can’t be good actresses. It seemed to be a common theme in this article. He mentioned Marilyn Monroe as a great actress. Which I think she was good. But does he know how many people didn’t praise Marilyn as great when she was actually alive.

      • jman_g

        Thank you for that thesis on why Beyonce is great.
        She’s not.

  • slame

    Beygency might not like this article

  • Ted Wolf

    Great list overall, however I think you shortchanged J-Lo’s turns in Selena and Out Of Sight. Also, Union’s turn on the Night Stalker re-boot was seriously good.

  • Sprinter

    This is a faulty article. Almost half of these girls are not “famous Hollywood actresses”. Beyonce, J-Lo, Janet, Paris Hilton etc etc did not become famous because of films or acting. They shouldn’t be considered actresses just because they tried out acting.

    • Zeus

      J-Lo was an actress before she was a “singer”. Bad example, she was famous for her acting, which is where the pop star career came from.

      • mileywollstonecraft

        That is true. I remember people at the time being skeptical that J-Lo could have a crossover career in music.

        And Janet Jackson also got her start in TV and was known as an actress before she had a music career.

      • Sprinter

        That might be true, however, that doesn’t change the fact that J-Lo and many of the other “actresses” in this article are not considered famous “Hollywood actresses”. They are famous for something else.

        • Zeus

          She had bit spots as a dancer, no recognition at all. Her first recognition came from acting.

          • Justin McGill

            She was recognized enough as a dancer often introduced by name and became known as THE fly girl. Which led to her acting. Her acting eclipsed her dancing career but don’t think she was unknown for it. In Living Color was HUGE at the time and Jim Carrey was busting out. But also you had Grier and Damon Wayans blowing up too.

          • Zeus

            She wasn’t even on half of the seasons on ILC. She was as known as any other dancer is, which is not much. The only people remember her from ILC, is because she made it big acting and “singing”. Let’s not act like she was even close to a household name from ILC.

      • Phil Nielsen

        actually, she started out as a dancer on In Living Color

      • ajs1210

        True or not, J Lo can’t sing or act. Being a slutty little girl seems to pay off well in Hollywierd. Right J Lo, Paris, Kim, etc??? Sheesh….what losers. Rich maybe, but still losers.

        • Zeus

          She can’t sing, but she has had a few decent performances as an actress. She was nominated for Golden Globe for Selena, and was incredible in Out of Sight with George Clooney. I think she started taking the cheesy chick flick money movies instead of good roles and a lot of people no forget that she actually did have some good performances.

        • Mr

          In contrast, I loved your last 2 films, and I can’t stop singing all the songs on your latest album! Keep those hits coming, ajs!

          • ajs1210

            I’m not “pretending” I can act or sing nor am I fooling myself into believing that I can.

    • Steven Brittain

      Janet Jackson was a child actor and did very good job at it. She played on Good Times as an abused child who was adopted by the Evans neighbor Wallona. Not sure if you were around in the 70s if not check her out on Good Times that was a great show. She also played the girlfriend of Willis on different strokes. Peace

      • susan

        yes, Penny on Good Times.

    • Kissfan02

      It is a faulty article I know that jennifer aniston can act she is a great actress most of the actresses there aren’t ever famous 4 acting there famous 4 singing

  • butta1080 .

    Really? Jennifer Anniston? I had to stop right there couldnt go any further. Shit List!

    • Odotry

      Jennifer Aniston has been playing the same role since Friends, which shows how limited of an actress she is. The only thing that kept her around were her good looks, don’t believe me? Look at her most recent roles in Horrible Bosses where she was a predator and in We’re the Millers she was a stripper; nothing more than pandering to the male audience.

      • butta1080 .

        no doubt believe me i knew that when i wrote it. i love the movies she’s in and she’s probably not that versatile, but she handles those parts better than most comedic actresses and brings something extra to them. That being said she definitely doesnt deserve to be on a list with beyonce, janet jackson, and that weird Stewart chick. Not many actresses make it long after being on a tv show that long. dont forget Derailed and Leprechaun lol

  • Parker Geoffrey

    Janet’s first album was “Dream street”

    And Paris Hilton was great in Repo, perfect fit for her character

    • Mr T’s Commandments

      Yeah, the album he mentioned was like her 5 or 6th album.

  • Momus

    Jennifer Lopez is know for “Maid in Manhattan”? Do you even watch movies? I’m not a fan of her but even I know she rose to prominence by starring in the bio-pic Selena and then became a name by starring in “Out of Sight” with George Clooney. Even “The Cell” must be a better known movie than “Maid in Manhattan”. MiM was really when the wheels had already started to come off her short-lived time as an A-list star. After that it was Gigli, Jersey Girl, Shall we Dance and oblivion.

    • Justin McGill

      Thank you.. As no big fan of JLo I can’t believe how little the person bashing her seemed to know. But hersinging career? She was a dancer first. And the first flick i recall was money train with Snipes and Harrelson.. Not a great flick but even then I thought she held her own.

      • Momus

        Totally didn’t realize she was in that, and I remember watching that years ago. Not a good movie indeed.

    • Rob

      Out of Sight is great and she’s great in it! One of the few – the other notable being U-Turn with Sean Penn. She’s actually quite good in both. Out of Sight is killer and she somehow nails it.

      • grapsta

        Massive fan of both films.

      • Justin McGill

        I always forget about U Turn.. Great but almost forgotten film.

  • species-521

    Keira Knightley is a very very good actress. And, for the record,I wouldn’t admit that in a round of friends, but in my opinion Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as Kirsten Stewart (yes, I say that) are far better than everyone else is able to admit.

    • David Gordon

      I have never seen either of the people you mentioned (especially Stewart) do a single bit of decent acting.

      • Marizol Clark

        Panic Room. Kristen was great!

    • Tired of the same ol’ retoric

      Kristin Stewart, when considering her broad body of work does not deserve to be 3 on this list. She should be Numero Uno. Awful doesn’t describe her consistently wooden and expressionless performances. I remember in Twilight, she had a particularly emotional scene in her bed where she was crying. It appeared she was laughing (she was that bad). Throughout the entire Twilight movie they kept referring to how beautiful she is, etc., etc. Well, with her dour expressions and drab clothing, all the other women, the men, even the animals were more attractive. She definitely does not light up the screen.

      • Nicolas Therrien

        Twilight’s is not an example of what Kristen can do, if you had watched ‘Speak’ at least once, you would never underestimate her acting talent!

  • areyoureallyserious

    Is the author trying to say that Janet Jackson’s first album was “Janet”? That’s pretty much the argument I have considering that it was her 5th album and she was the highest selling female artist of all time by that point. The woman had gone platinum like 10 times by the time it was released! I’m not her agent, but a LITTLE bit of research, please LOL. Paula Patton isn’t a bad actress either in my opinion. Haven’t seen her in much, but she wasn’t bad.

    • unsocial

      Hey I dig your drift… Had me thinking the same thing… Just like calling Friends a cult hit on TV… It’s like one of the the biggest 90s tv shows…

  • Kevin Carter

    Where the hell was Olivia Munn and Tea Leoni?

  • childerolandusa

    In what universe is Halle berry unconventionally beautiful?

    • mynameisbluecanary

      That was my question as well.

    • Bonnie Herring

      I guess the same one where Jennifer Aniston would be considered breathtakingly beautiful. Sorry, I just don’t see it.

      • Rahul Mariserla

        hehe that’s so true buddy:D
        she’s more like a mad man:P

    • tdbeaton

      I was thinking the exact same thing. This writer has all sorts of problems.

    • susan

      um, this one?

      • childerolandusa

        What’s ‘unconventional’ about her beauty, exactly?

    • Yankee Jane

      The same universe where Keira Knightly is breathtakingly beautiful. My dogs like her, all of those bones!

    • MoTruth

      When I read that, that was the very first thing I thought: Halle Berry, unconventional beauty??? I guess Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge were, as well.

  • yourmomsidol

    Malin Akerman can’t act? WTF?

  • Gary

    The reason there are so many actresses that can’t really act is that females in Hollywood are generally chosen for their looks. This is also why as the men get older and “distinguished,” the women are pushed to the side for the next pretty to come along.

    • Russell Harding

      In fairness there’s plenty of actors that could populate a similar list…Keanu Reeves, Orlando Bloom, Jason Statham or Sam Worthington anyone? It’s definitely worse for actresses though, once you pass 35 the roles dry up and you don’t even get to come back as an elder statesman like the former leading men do.

      Rosie Huntington Whitely is the most outrageous example of “she’s flawless and people won’t care that she can’t act in the slightest.” I’ve always wondered why that is the case, are the casting agencies of the world really empty of young actors and actresses who are both beautiful and talented?

      • Gary

        Of course, there are men in this category. Jason Statham, however, falls into the action hero category with Seagal, Van Damme, etc. None of them can act and were put on screen for other reasons, not their looks.

        The “pretty face” has always been an ingredient for Hollywood starlets, but it is worse now because there are far more movies being made by more studios. Plenty have been given the flash-in-the-pan treatment only to be shoved over as soon as they discover the next this or the next that. Certainly the world has to be full of great actors that we’ll never see because the Blooms, Anistons, and Huntingtons are what studios use to sell tickets.

        There seems to be two problems with the agencies. They are tasked with filling roles with specific physical criteria (measurements, hair color, skin color, etc.), which exclude those who do not fit the particular physical, but can probably act better than those that do. The other problem is that young actresses and actors from studios like Disney, Nickelodeon, and any other kiddy production are hand picked, groomed, and expected to be something greater than a drugged out alcoholic as they try to transcend into adulthood without the exaggerated and fabricated “talent” they were given.

        Pop Stars are given their songs (written by others) and thrown up on stage whether they can truly sing or not, which is why so many fall to the side.

        It’s all about production and appearance. It’s about Star power, not talent power.

        • Momus

          Statham, Van Damme, Seagal, “The Rock” and a bunch of others (even Schwartzenegger) are/were absolutely put on-screen for their looks. Being a chiseled wall of toned muscle is part of “looks” and it is the primary reason a lot of action stars get cast.

          • Gary

            Schwarzenegger is the exception and was absolutely chosen for his muscles for the role of Conan.

            The problem with your conclusion, however, is that even good actors, such as Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, etc., have muscle tone. Action stars were not chosen for their muscle tone. Those action stars were put on screen generally because they can throw a kick and they fit that martial arts mold. Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Van Damme, Statham, etc. were fighters first and displayed that talent on screen for the ninja loving audience.

            This is different from the starlet who was chosen for facial looks and brings no talent whatsoever. Though, the action star can’t generally act, they can fight.

          • Momus

            That’s valid – several of those guys were chosen for their martial arts ability. Although I would add that the reason each of them was chosen over other martial artists is because they were better looking. And you would have to include Jason Statham on the list of guys chosen strictly for their looks since, if memory serves, he was a male model before becoming an action star.

          • Gary

            Well Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Van Damme, and even Segall were of martial arts fame with titles and positions. That’s what made them stand out. I mean, these guys were hardly good looking in the Hollywood sense.

            Statham is the odd one in the bunch. He was a model, but his first two movies were Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch. The Action star came later when they tapped into his martial arts abilities. I think he was a close friend of Guy Ritchie, the director of those first two films.

      • Justin McGill

        I would say that but I thought Worthington was actually good in Sabotage. But Reeves was a ten actor that never truly made a good transition into adult roles..

        • Mark Nelson

          he cant act. the only thing reeves did right was bill and ted.

          • Justin McGill

            Ummm.. I love you to death and parenthood are two roles I loved. Death him being a bit dimmer than usual. Also Point Break has its fans.. And I liked him in Speed.

      • Tired of the same ol’ retoric

        Channing Tatum is a horrendous actor that seems to get by on his looks. He seems to be reading his lines from a cue card (and doesn’t seem to be a particularly good reader either).

    • El Howard

      Great, next you’ll be telling me that Kate Upton can’t act!

      (Actually, she can’t… but who cares?)

      • Gary


  • Stealth Avenue

    I knew this was written by a man from the first one. Ugh….

  • David Oakes

    LOL this article is fucking stupid

  • Randall Flagg

    Rose McGowen should have been on this list. In her last few movies I believe sex got her the roles since she was dating the director. Truly horrible actress.

    • Mark Nelson

      shes not on the list because no one knows who she is

  • Pani B

    ridiculous article

  • The Angry Troll

    So basically, it’s a list of chicks the “author” (a term I use VERY loosely here,) doesn’t like, combined with some chicks it’s “safe” to badmouth. I want the last ten minutes of my life back.

  • Maria Martinez

    I disagree on you about Kristen Stewart she can act that was her role playing a loner Bella Swan that was her character you ediot

    • Gary

      Kristen Stewart is Kristen Stewart in everything she does. She is the Keanu Reeves of male actors who can’t remove the same distinct personality we see in every character they portray. This means that they can’t “act.” They are run of the mill. Nothing special. If you met Kristen Stewart or Keanu Reeves on the street you would meet exactly what you see on screen.

      • Brad

        Lol….she acts as if she’s bored or depressed. In or out of character. A shame because she is pretty

      • joemar4

        Gary, Wow! “She is the Keanu Reeves of female actors who can’t remove the same distinct personality we see in every character they portray.” You sure as shit hit it right on the head with that comparison! Well done!!

        • mynameisbluecanary

          Amen, although I do think she’s a bit worse than even Keanu. I have never so badly wanted two hours of my life back as I did immediately after watching Snow White and the Huntsman.

          • Gary

            I kept pondering how they got the Wicked Witch into a Twilight movie.

    • Jenn

      What’s an “ediot”?

  • EnricX

    The misogynistic writer knows nothing about acting, judging actresses by overall film revenue is an insult to the readers. And his writing is so deficient I hope his app code continues to earn him zero money.

  • Guest

    This is the real app developer

  • Ron

    The only one I don’t really agree with is Keira Knightley. While I wouldn’t consider her spectacular by any means, I don’t think she belongs in the same category as Megan Fox or Paris Hilton.

    • Mark Nelson

      the only thing i remember her in right now is pirates of the carribean. tainted by association? and that christmas uk movie. other than that she hasnt done much or wasnt memorable.

      • nicolekruex

        She’s been in dozens of incredible roles, they just aren’t Hollywood blockbusters that call for a female sock puppet. She can act and is spectacular at it. The Dutchess, Anna Karenina, Domino, etc. Movies do get made outside the theater system.

  • Marie Swanson

    are you kidding how is Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller in the same list as Paris Hilton?

    Katherine Heigl can act, um grey’s anatomy????? Sure she’s playing the same roles over and over like Jennifer Aniston and I wish they would break away from that but that does not mean they cannot act.

  • Brian

    Stopped reading after #1, which is just plain dead wrong. Malin Akerman is a fantastic actress, and is hilarious on Trophy Wife. Your comment about her shows that a) you don’t know much about Akerman, b) you haven’t seen Trophy Wife, which is a shame because it’s a very good show and you’re obviously basing your opinion of both Akerman and the show itself on a name intended to be ironic that you’re not understanding and using out of context in an attempt to slam them both, and c) that you simply don’t understand much about acting in general, which makes reading the rest of this list pointless.

    • Lindsey

      When I saw her on the list, I thought this would be a bad list. Malin Akerman isn’t someone I seek out, but I like her when I see her. Trophy Wife was a great show with a terrible title. She’s pretty much the only one I disagree with on this list though. I have to agree that the majority of these women can’t act and don’t understand why most of them are famous. (I don’t think some of them are even that attractive.)

  • chiliboots

    Her eyebrows are the only part of Natalie Portman that do any acting.

  • Kathy B

    I know tons of people are going to disagree, but I’ve never been impressed by the acting abilities of the highly-praised Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie. I think the success of these women is largely due to their looks as well. I admit I have not seen all their films, perhaps I missed something. But I never could figure out what the big deal was with regard to these two actresses. They play certain roles well, but their range seems very limited.

    • mynameisbluecanary

      I like Julia Roberts, but I agree with you – Jolie is mostly overrated. She was fantastic in Girl, Interrupted, but in every other role I’ve seen her in, she’s just been… meh.

      • Kathy B

        Yep, Girl Interrupted was good but I got the feeling Jolie was pretty much playing herself.

        • SaucySnoop

          You say that as it that was easy.

    • Mark Nelson

      I prefer eric roberts over julia roberts but he never made it big. i never saw the it factor in her but for some reason she hit big. jolie cant act. i think most of her films have bombed aside from tomb raider and mr and mrs smith. shes not a money maker. but then again what female is. without a big male lead why go see the movie. actresses typically need a group of leading ladies or strong male leads to bring the audience. Prove me wrong

  • LibelFreeZone

    Man, I would hate to be Ross Smythe, churning out tripe on a pointless blog instead of appreciating the magnificence of Michael Jackson.

  • MegaSolipsist

    Keira Knightley is a fantastic actress. Haven’t you ever seen Pirates of the Carribean?
    The good ones, I mean.

  • Guest

    Two Words
    Amber Heard
    Where is that waste of sperm?

  • Voicedude

    I’m really surprised Kate Bosworth didn’t make the list.
    Any ONE of her performances could singlehandedly do so…

    • Mark Nelson

      it wouldve been a shorter list if they put the actresses that can act.

  • Chris Jackson

    A lot of the actresses best performances have been conveniently left out of this list. Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich, Jennifer Aniston in Office Space, Kristen Stewart in The Runaways, J-Lo in Out Of Sight, Keira Knightly in Never Let Me Go for example.

    • Wilma

      I think the author doesn’t really know those movies.

  • Philip210

    Very condenscending article, i think it’s time to start not visiting this site, way too negative & judgmental.

  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    “If acting was a pendulum between sighing heavily, and…well…sighing more heavily, Stewart would have been a multiple Oscar-winner by now. Her ‘Bella’-act in the otherwise-successful ‘Twilight’ franchise has got to be one of the most consistently expressionless feats in the history of Hollywood.”

    You are so wrong. Stewart’s performance is remarkable, gracefully hitting all the notes before finally cresting as a vampiress. And unlike many pretty actresses who just cruise automatic on their looks, Stewart kept her eyes on the road, shifting gears at the opportune moments. She blended freshness of youth with the timeless calling of myth.

    • mynameisbluecanary

      …I’d swear this was sarcasm if the poster didn’t use a Twilight character as an avatar.

  • Joshua Alt

    I am SO happy Ashley Tisdale didn’t make the list.

    Great list though…Megan Fox is really really hot though.

  • Addison

    Lost all credibility after mentioning Keira Knightley. Have you seen pride and prejudice, pure, a dangerous method. Every actor has a film flop once and a while ask Depp. He must be a horrible actor for doing transcendence.

  • unsocial

    I should point out Friends wasn’t a cult hit… It was about as mainstream as you could get for 90′s TV…I tend to remember cast infighting over pay being major tabloid fauter .. Also Janet Jackeson wasn’t a moderately suscessful pop star either… Control and Rythym Nation were very big albums in their day and rivaled her brother’s success… But then again the author of this article probably wasn’t alive to remember such things.. Typical internet….

    • SaucySnoop

      Agreed on Friends. It was about as much of a cult hit as ER was. It had a big audience but it was mainstream as they come. Ask anyone about Friends in 20 years and I can assure you nobody will know what you’re talking about. Real cult hits are smaller but they live much longer.

  • mrbrockpeters

    Wow, this article is pretty spot on. I agree with every entry.

  • Polyester Poontang

    Did the writer of this article do any research at all?

    First of all, Janet Jackson started out as an actress on Good Times in 1977.
    Secondly, her first album was a fairly innocent teen-pop album called “Janet Jackson”, released in 1982. “Janet.”, which I assume is the one the writer is referring to, was released 11 years later.

    Not to defend Janet’s acting, but whoever wrote this piece should consider a new career.

  • Data1001

    To the author: Watch J-Lo in “Out of Sight” (with George Clooney) and watch Sienna Miller in “Interview” (with Steve Buscemi) — you may change your mind.

  • Ace Duncan

    What an idiotic article! Cite after cite of these actresses turning in good performances, but then being involved in movies the author does not like, therefore, they “can’t act.”

    Putting Keira Knightly, Sienna Miller and Cameron Diaz on a list with Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian just shows the idiocy of the article.

    • Gary

      Yeah some of these actresses do not belong on his list.

  • dfasdfsa

    I disagree with most of this list

  • Ray Stone

    how about this. assholes who write articles about people who cant act,that should not be writing articles

  • Nick Gosselin

    Dear Ross Smythe. Please remove your head from your a$$. That is all.

  • Daforce

    Malin Ackerman is hilarious in Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital. I didn’t bother going through the rest of your list because it looks like you equate looks as what it takes to be famous.You may as well have written an article titled ‘Boobies I Like To Whack It To’.

  • John Askins

    I don’t think the writer of the article has any clue what he is talking about. Jennifer Aniston is a great actress and she was excellent in the movie We’re the Millers, I would say that was the funniest movie to come out last year. Well that or Identity Thief, both were incredibly hilarious movies and had great acting. I think most of the actresses listed here are good actresses and they left off some really horrible ones. Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington Whiteley(she was far worse an actress in her few roles than Megan Fox), Also I think Oblivion bombed more so because of Tom Cruise than Kiera Knightley who is a good actress, but I know a lot of people who won’t watch anything with cruise in it anymore. Also aside from Twilight Kirsten Stewart was a good actress in other movies, there was Runaways where she completely nailed the role of Joan Jett, they said she was perfect in that role I’ve heard. When she was younger she was really good in the roles she played on Zathura and Catch That Kid, in Snow White and the Huntsman I think she outacted Charlize Theron, I believe Theron was the weak link in that movie. It almost seems like you just picked big names to poke fun of them, but I will say probably THE WORST actress I remember isn’t even on this list, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, she was the worst part of Transformers:Dark of the Moon. That movie wasn’t good but she was still the worst actor/actress in the whole thing, and I don’t even think she is good as eye candy.

  • boyd

    Ackerman can do anything thing wants. as far as I’m concerned

  • Dark30

    I read some pretty crappy lists, but this one is particularly poorly researched. For 1, Malin Akerman has done an outstanding job in just about everything she’s done including ROCK OF AGES a movie the writer quietly skipped over. Beyonce is a singer but her performance in Obsession is pretty solid. I will give you some of the others on this list but Keira Knightley is superb especially in older films like THE HOLE (2001). Sarah Jessica Parker is fine for the roles she takes, but her best film was probably STRIKING DISTANCE. Yeah I know the author didn’t bother watching that. Finally even though Kristen Stewart is flat in some films, she hit it out of the park in both SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and PANIC ROOM another movie you have to forget about when accusing her of being horrible.

    • Arturis Dentalis

      Mostly agree with you but I actually burst out laughing at Stewart’s acting in Snow White – it’s as if she thought quivering lip = emotion.

      • Wilma

        I would use The Runaways as an example of Stewart being able to act.

        • Arturis Dentalis

          I haven’t seen it, any good?

        • SaucySnoop

          I agree to that. I’m appalled by the whole Twilight thing but honestly they made wonderful stage actors like Michael Sheen look terrible so I’m going to hazard the guess that the over-acting and wooden performances were somehow a requirement?
          Stewart was pretty good in Speak and the Runaways.
          I don’t think anyone can judge anything from Twilight, except maybe the zillions of dollars one can make by appealing to the hormonal hysteria of teenagers.

  • Snoopy

    You forgot Meryl Streep, who has had too many acting lessons. Her wooden, mechanical attempts are lauded by Hollywood, because they like her plain, unattractive, non-threatening looks. You can always catch her “acting” when she tries some of the most abominable foreign accents.

    • SaucySnoop

      lol awesome

  • Scott B

    While I must agree with you on Kristin Expression-Less Stewart (she drives me insane with her non-talent), I find the inclusion of Keira Knightly and SJP to be a bit mean-spirited. And I think Cameron Diaz can be quite good. It’s your 1 opinion, remember. I am an actor, director, and an adjudicator for performances, but mostly for the stage where there are actual, well-written scripts. It’s all in the script. If the script is loosy-goosy or slight (or non-existent) like most Hollywood scripts, even the best actress is going to look questionable while collecting her paycheck. (and you know that is important = $$) Acting is a fickle friend, for sure. :)

  • Henry Hollaway

    Keira Knightley?! Really? She doesn’t deserve to be on a list with …basically everyone else on here.

  • jase0910

    I like how Friends is described as a “cult hit sitcom” in Jennifer Aniston’s listing.

  • Phil Nielsen

    the one thing he seems to overlook is that no actor can look good if the writing isn’t good or the script doesn’t allow them to stretch. not every script is a masterpiece and you can only do so much with what you are given. a lot of directors want the actor to act in a very specific way.

    • martykayzee

      Then you turn down the job.

  • grapsta

    Jennifer Aniston has great comedy timing

    • SaucySnoop

      I don’t think you know what that means.

      • grapsta

        she wouldnt have got the Friends gig otherwise….and yeah I do know what comedy timing is

  • BreannaFox89

    The larger question here is what determines ‘actress’. Personally, I think that if you are in a movie/TV show, you’re an actress. Maybe some of these women aren’t Meryl Streep, but if they were really THAT bad, they’d have been fired from whatever they were in

  • Charlie Warrick

    Two black women? How racist, racist, racist!

  • Mark Nelson

    Can’t stand janet jackson. she’s horrible. She can’t act to save her life. michael couldv’e done alot better in her female roles. he looked a bit more feminine than her. that voice is so annoying. she her roles try to make her self important when who the fuck cares. the only reason i know her is cause shes michael jacksons sister.

    That divergent actress can’t act. the movies she has starred in are craptasric. definitely for a younger version. i dont see her winning an academy award in the near future. Kristen stewart for some reason i think she can do something more but that whole twilight pretty much f’d her career up. The hunger games actress is actually not that great of an actress but she has become some kinda fas. shes been annoying. childish antics.

  • Whit

    Kristen Stewart was excellent as Joan Jett in The Runaways. That was also the opinion of Joan Jett herself as well as Cherie Curry who were influential in the production. As a huge Jett/Runaways fan myself, I was very skeptical going in, but she and Fanning (wow!) absolutely nailed it. It’s a great little movie and btw Michael Shann

  • HatersGonnaHate

    This is the worst article I have ever seen….

  • edenly

    Hey mate, where’s your equivalent list of men who can’t act? This list promised me famous, and it promised me unable to act, and a bunch of those ladies have done some great work, therefore, can act.

  • Guest.

    I agree with most of these, though I think Jennifer Aniston and Lindsay Lohan *can* act, they just can’t pick a decent role. Aniston was great in The Good Girl, like you said, but she just never seems to pick rolls beyond screwball comedy anymore.

    Lohan, I would argue, was excellent as a child actor, particularly in the Parent Trap. It wasn’t until after Mean Girls that she started to flop. She hasn’t done anything good in so long Im not sure if she can act as an adult or not.

    And thank you for putting Keira Knightly. That girl drives me insane but everyone always seems to gush over her performances.

  • Mike Dominick

    Keira Knightley? Really? WRONG. There are no big set pieces in Last Night, Dangerous Method, etc. and she’s great.

  • Jose Montana

    it would like to disagree but I cannot….though chance to gaze upon Knightly is a just experience

  • Sal

    I feel dirty for saying this but Paris Hilton was decent in Repo! the Genetic Opera and House of Wax. Now I have to take a shower.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Another hit piece written by a snobby guy bitter that he’ll never fuck any of these women.

    • PKBitchGirl

      Why would anyone want to fuck Kardashian or Megan Fox?

  • heartsattack

    Although some of these women are not the best actresses, it upsets me to hear words like stupid tossed around. There is a huge difference between being talentless and stupid. Who are you to judge how smart these ladies are? And why are you cutting down women in the first place? Why not do an article on the beautiful, talentless PEOPLE in Hollywood? God knows there are a lot of men in the business who can’t act either.

  • jo

    You forgot Scarlett Johansson, man she can’t act!

  • Michael Knight

    Definitely a sexist article-he seems to say if one is good-looking they cant.. he prefaced most of them mentioning looks first. Knightley and Stewart have had great performances outside of their Hollywood big budgets Pirates and Twilight. Cannot even begin to put these two in the same sentence with the likes of Fox, Hilton, Jlo, and Kardashsian. And I did enjoy Diaz in Vanilla Sky which may not be popular here.

  • Keith

    Jesus Christ, “breathtakingly beautiful” is NOT a phase to be used anywhere near Keira Knightley. Her gaunt boney face and HIDEOUS SMILE is repulsive! And GROW SOME TITS GIRL! WHY is this vastly over-rated woman in any movie?? She can’t act either!

  • V Mateo

    Although I agree for the most part, I’ve got to differ on Keira Knightly. And Kim Kardashian is NOT a famous Hollywood actress. She is famous indeed but not as an actress.

  • Koyomi K

    this list seriously doesn’t the biggest offender of recent times on it, Jennifer Lawrence. she hands down worse than everybody on this list except Hilton, Kardashian, Paula Patton and the two Megans (the latter three are as bad at acting as Lawrence, but at least they are attractive).

    • PKBitchGirl

      Megan Fox isn’t attractive though, her plastic surgery fucked up her face

      • Koyomi K


  • Melissa

    This article is as shallow and devoid of substance as you claim these actresses’ acting abilities are. How about establishing some criteria to determine whether these actresses have chops? How about some in depth knowledge of their acting careers? You need to establish credibility before you decide to judge people based on your limited knowledge and opinion.

  • Daniel Matamoros

    No Téa Leoni?

  • Agent Michael Scarn

    Jennifer Lawrence can’t act either, her entire catalog is trite, fake and devoid of actual acting skill.

  • Kent Mcguire

    Reading this lame hit-article was 1min. 30sec of my life I will never get back! I’ve been robbed!

  • Some Guy

    It’s interesting how they always seem to include a large proportion of minority chicks when they do bad actress lists, but then leave them out when they do great actress or ‘most beautiful actress’ lists. Why was I not surprised that almost half this list managed to include black chicks and the only person people defend is Keira Knightley. Big surprise.

  • El Howard

    Can’t argue with most of these, but I think J-Lo and Carmen Diaz are brilliant actors, or at least brilliant comedic actors. I don’t think Diaz has had any roles that required great dramatic acting.

  • Maddie

    This list was crap. Jennifer Anniston is a very good actress as well as Keira Knightly, Gabrielle Union, Sienna Miller and yes Kristen Stewart when she’s in something other than Twilight. Watch Panic Room, The Runaways and Adventureland. Her Bella character in the Twilight Saga was supposed to be deadpan and angst-ridden. But all in all, the person who wrote this article just picked actresses he simply doesn’t like. It was riddled with sarcasm and misogyny. He couldn’t just write about what he thought was lacking in their performances, it had to lead off about how they look. Then to add singers into this mix just because they tried acting, further negates any point he was attempting to make. If you really want to mention bad actresses, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts would be high on that list. Both are Hollywood darlings who can do no wrong in the eyes of the media and neither can act their way out of paperbags. Yes they’ve won awards but the awards were given by their own ilk. And both have the same expressions in every movie. Also, just because their films were successful doesn’t mean the films were good. It just means they have their fans who will spend money on their movies no matter what.

  • March Hare Denise

    what a load of crap, i did not see jessica alba here, I don’t know what this is going based on but, how can anyone forget the obvious?

  • Janine O’Flaherty

    Someone forgot Gwyneth Paltrow (one of the most wooden actresses of all time) and Denise Richards (laughably bad – middle-school-play level bad).

  • so

    i’m so happy Cameron Diaz was in this list

  • Montira Warran

    How does one assess that an actor or actress “can’t actually act”? I ask in all sincerity, as I am not a film or theater expert like the author professes to be.

  • Eva Thomas

    I disagree about Sarah Jessica Parker. I liked her in “Square Pegs” when she was younger, as well as in “Sex In The City”.

  • nomadrover

    “Even unconventionally beautiful actresses (think: Halle Berry)…”

    I am NOT AT ALL a fan of Halle Berry…but how is she “unconventionally beautiful”???

    What, exactly, is “unconventional” about her beauty?

  • Nicole Baxter

    Keira Knightly was amazing in so many of her films; especially Pride and Prejudice, she was actually breathtaking as an actress, not because she’s pretty.