We’re only a few months away from what has become an annual event: Jennifer Lawrence Appreciation Month, the end-of-the-year celebration of our biggest movie star that’s perfectly timed to the release of whatever Hunger Games/David O. Russell film she happens to be promoting. Lawrence’s rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain has been swift and dominant—and a reminder that watching the birth of a real movie star can be a beautiful thing.
But for every JLaw, there’s three Gretchen Mols—a Hollywood “It Girl” who just never lived up to the hype. But just because they won’t be topping any Forbes lists anytime soon, it doesn’t mean these would-be superstars don’t have serious acting chops. Here are 9 amazing actresses you totally forgot about.
Breakout: After her breakthrough in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, Forlani became the envy of women (and necrophiliacs) everywhere, when she starred as the daughter of a rich patriarch who falls in love with a Brad Pitt-looking Grim Reaper in Meet Joe Black.
What happened: After losing her mother at 27, Forlani retreated from the spotlight and the pressures that came with it. “I still worked but I wasn't taking risks after that,” Forlani told The Independent last year. “I was trying to find safety for a while. I wasn't brave and bold during that time."
What now: After a stint in London’s West End, Forlani will make her big screen comeback opposite Bruce Willis in the crime thriller, Precious Cargo.