Truth be told, when I got enmeshed in this whole Kpop craziness, I was pretty much wrapped in a foggy haze of DBSK. I didn’t notice anything else — no other bands, no other singers, nothing. Then I was told about a few dramas that I needed to check out, but wasn’t quite sure if I was game. I mean, I can’t stand American soap operas, I loathe telenovelas. So I was more or less arguing with myself as to whether or not I should take up this endeavor.
Then I discovered Miss Ripley.
Miss Ripley tells the story of Jang Mi-Ri, a young woman fleeing a crude existence of desolate circumstances. She escapes Japan and the clutches of the brothel lifestyle and follows her feet back to her birthplace, South Korea. She finds herself continuously turned away from every job opportunity and propositioned by lecherous men who see a beautiful face and young body and consider it theirs for the taking. She literally stumbles into hotel CEO Jang Myung-Hoon’s life — a man who’s been disrespected and jilted by his ex-wife. He looks into Jang Mi-Ri’s eyes and sees a dying light in her that he wants to save.
With Mi-Ri’s history, she doesn’t have the qualifications for anything more than menial labor; however, if she can’t manage to find steady income, she’ll be deported back to the hell that was her life in Japan. This leads her to continuously sew herself into tragically unsavory tapestries of deception, including seducing Myung-Hoon, capturing the heart of young heir to a hospitality conglomerate, Yutaka, and forging credentials and stealing her friend’s blueprint designs.
In the space of time it takes for one to realise that her career is on the verge of crashing at the first peak, it’s possible that many actresses and actors will have already professionally bitten the dust. It’s no surprise that those who’ve fallen prey to the pitfalls of the ever-fickle Hollywood parade have been child stars; however, those with the unfiltered passion to trudge through the mud have the ability to reinvent themselves and produce work that’s both memorable and challenging.
Such is the case with Christina Ricci.
Ricci’s rise to the top, no surprise, came in the form of her reprised role as Wednesday Addams in the Blockbuster-turned-cult classic film series, The Addams Family. It’s her precocious nature as a child actress and her ability to handle the black comedy of her character with a straight face that shocked and damn near frightened people.
At the age of 11, she delivered such lines as “Are those Girl Scout cookies made from real Girl Scouts?” without breaking a sweat or denigrating to the feats of giggling that other child stars can’t seem to suppress. She had a maturity that was astonishing and carried that bravado with her into adulthood.
On the long list of gorgeous Latinas and Hispanicas, there are a select few that have actually caught my attention as some of the most incredible presences to ever grace the screen. Paramount in most minds is the unfailing sexiness of Selma Hayek. She is, no doubt, one of the most unrelenting forces in Hollywood as far as sex appeal, grace, and fire; however, another woman has taken her spotlight in my eyes and has managed to create some of the most incredible art in the town of Tinsel and Tine.
Mrs. Penélope Cruz can do no wrong in my eyes. She may not be the most “traditionally beautiful”; however, her sexuality has a spice and reach that even the lovely Hayek can’t reach. blow There’s something mature, intellectual, and pronounced about the way that Cruz carries herself that sends shockwaves through my system.