Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Considering Heather Graham's Movie Roles

I've been a fan of Heather Graham's ever since I first saw her in the great television show "Twin Peaks" (poor Annie!). She's attractive, of course, but she's also a pretty talented actress. But here's something I've noticed about her:

She tends to play a lot of characters who work in the "sex industry."

You'll remember that in "Twin Peaks" she played a woman who had recently left a convent after spending a few years there. Technically that's not the sex industry but it is a fetish thing. Anyway, since then, she's appeared in over 150 films and television programs in which she's played either a stripper, a pornographic film actress, or an escort/prostitute. Granted, many of those films and television programs occurred only in my head, but my point is valid.

In "Boogie Nights," she played a pornographic film actress. In "From Hell" a prostitute. She was also a prostitute in "The Guru." She was a sex shop worker in "The Oh in Ohio." In "Bowfinger" she was a desperate, out of work actress willing to do anything for work. In "Blessed" she played a woman who is fertilized by the devil's sperm. In "Miss Conception" she played a woman with only a month to get pregnant.

Actually, I've made a list of all her movies, and separated them into categories based on the characters she's played:

Films in which she portrayed a prostitute:

Mrs. Soffel
Student Exchange
License to Drive
Drugstore Cowboy
I Love You to Death
Guilty as Charged
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
O Pioneers!
The Ballad of Little Jo
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Six Degrees of Separation
Desert Winds
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
Don't Do It
Let It Be Me
Kiss & Tell
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

Films in which she portrayed a pornographic film actress:

Two Girls and a Guy
Boogie Nights
Scream 2
Lost in Space
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Say It Isn't So
Sidewalks of New York
From Hell
Alien Love Triangle
Killing Me Softly
The Guru
Anger Management
Hope Springs
Arrested Development
The Oh in Ohio
2Gray Matters
Broken Hope
Adrift in Manhattan

Films in which she's played a stripper:

Have Dreams, Will Travel
Miss Conception
Baby on Board
Boogie Woogie
Say It Isn't So
Sidewalks of New York
From Hell
Alien Love Triangle
Killing Me Softly
The Guru
Anger Management
Hope Springs

Films in which she appears nude:

All of them

Now she's in a new movie called "The Hangover," and apparently she plays a pole dancer. According to this article,

Heather Graham skated naked as Roller Girl in Boogie Nights, and she's done some steamy sex scenes since. Here's the irony: In the outrageous, totally politically incorrect and hard R-rated comedy The Hangover, Graham plays a pole dancer who keeps her clothes on.

She keeps her clothes on? What's the point? Oh, the movie is a comedy- and it's funny that she keeps her clothes on.

What is it about Heather Graham that causes her to be cast in such provocative roles? I don't know.

Pic source.


Melissa said...

Maybe the point here isn't that Heather Graham has a thing for playing a prostitute or stripper, but that there aren't a lot of other roles out there for women.

A.Jaye said...

There are plenty of stripper roles for women.

Anonymous said...

From Hell is about the Jack the Ripper murders in the 1880's.Still phototgraphy was still fairly new at the time-why put that film on the "pornographic actress" list?
In Entertaining Angels she played a hopeless, hapless drunk, not a prostitute.
Melissa is right. Make a list of other actresses in the same age group and then do the math.