Ever since I saw in her X-Men First Class, I knew she was my new favorite actress. She's not over the top, but she's not too underwhelmed. I have a feeling she's going to be a very big star. [Without the help of the Hunger Games movies]
Ever since I was young, I've enjoyed watching her. The movies she did in her teens were so mesmerizing that it made me want more. Now she's doing the same, just in a more grown up way. She can go from dark & twisted films like Sleepy Hallow & Black Snake Moan, to Bucky Larson without the bat of an eyelash. She's versatile & it appears effortless for her.
There's something about her that I can just relate to. She's not full of herself from working with some of the greatest actors out there. When she's on screen, you can see a real person playing a character that may have turned out cocky or annoying had someone else tried their luck at it.
Having been around for so long, she knows her good & bad qualities when on screen, she can make you feel what the character feels & immediately pulls you over to her side with just her facial expressions.
Another sort of new-be, she is one of the most pleasant to watch. She doesn't make you hate her character by trying too hard to make it relate-able. She can make you sit & listen when her characters have a moment of realism.
I first saw her in The Village & thought she was just another face that I'd be forced to see constantly, but she stayed somewhat under the radar, despite her background & she continued to do more un-incorporated movies. To this day, when I see her in movies, I go in wondering what unique choices she's made for the characters & the films.
Some may disagree, but I see major improvement in her since she started acting. From her early films where she was always the young daughter & things weren't as hectic, to now where she is arguably one of the most sought-after women in Hollywood, she's changing as her film choices demand. I have a feeling she'll only get better.
As a beautiful young actress, she could let herself be someone that people don't necessarily find themselves going out of their way to watch, but they do. She's incredibly grounded in her acting & doesn't let things like slip-ups pull her down.
As sort of a "child actor" she could have fallen down a path of no return, but she persisted & found herself getting some of the best roles [for a young adult] of her time. Now-a-days she's not doing much, but her hay-day is coming again soon.
I'm not personally a fan of SKINS, but her character is what got me to watch the few episodes that I managed to. She was so raw & real, that I just wanted to sit & listen to her state her opinions just to hear her speak out of her talented little mouth.
Being the younger [& more talented] sister of someone who is so fawned after is never easy for anyone, but she does it in her own way, dealing with it by doing such a good job in her films, it makes me think "Dakota who?"
From a young age, she chose the goody-goody roles & I couldn't really understand the fuss over her, until I saw her in Heroes. The passion she brings to her characters is so deep & emotional, it makes it hard to hate.
Some may say she should be higher on the list, but I don't agree. While she is a great actress, there's something about her characters that is always the same. The girl-next-door who's goofy & weird. While that probably reflects her real personality, it's not always fun to watch.
My personal favorite from the Sisterhood films, she can't always emote what she's trying to make people feel. Her facial expressions leave much to be desired. She's beautiful & her eyes are gorgeous but she can't live off of the partially-serious, partially-naive routine forever.
Best Movie: Tuck Everlasting
Just the ones I think are a little better than the rest. :)
[I will be adding to this]
These are in order, but it doesn't mean I like any of them any less.