With all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, a few actresses rise above the rest because of their exceptional acting skills and strikingly fabulous looks. Here is a rundown of the top 10 most popular Hollywood actresses in 2013, and some interesting details about each.
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10. Charlize Theron
With her model-like figure, amazing bone structure, and talents, it is not surprising that Charlize is one of Hollywood’s finest actresses of all time. She grew up in South Africa and pursued an early career as a ballerina. However, South Africa was not quite a promising place for any aspiring superstars, so she decided to move to Europe before settling in the U.S. In New York, she was fortunate enough to get a job as a photo model and ballet dancer. Eventually, she relocated to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming an actress. Two weeks after she moved to the city, she was discovered by an acting agent in Hollywood Boulevard. After taking acting lessons, she finally got a part in the film The Devil’s Advocate, which propelled her fame.
9. Jennifer Aniston
Famous for her role as Rachel Green in the TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Jennifer Aniston has accomplished more than she has ever hoped for. This American actress is also a successful produce and film director, and she has received several awards for her acting skills including a Golden Globe, and Emmy and Screen Actors’ Guild Award. In addition, she has been voted as the sexiest woman of all time by Men’s Health magazine. Among her high-grossing films include Along Came Polly, Bruce Almighty, The Bounty Hunter, Marley & Me, and Just Go With It, to name a few.
8. Reese Witherspoon
Laura Jeanne “Reese” Witherspoon was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She never thought she would be one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses until she got her big break in the comedy film Legally Blonde, where she played the role of an aspiring lawyer Elle Woods. The film was a massive box-office hit, and it started Reese’s fame as an actress. Although she was introduced to the fascinating world of entertainment at age 7 when she pursued modeling, her huge success was credited to her superb skill in acting. In fact, she starred in a few other films such as Sweet Home Alabama, Pleasantville and Walk the Line, and she bagged an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild.
7. Sandra Bullock
Born in Washington, D.C, Sandra was raised by her musically-inclined parents who also inspired her to love music. As a child, she used to perform in the children’s chorus of any production where her mother starred. It was also her brilliant singing talent that helped her land a role in the film The Thing Called Love. Aside from being an amazing singer, Sandra is also known for her skill in acting. She starred in a number of films such as Hope Floats, Miss Congeniality, Speed, While You Were Sleeping, and The Proposal.
6. Cameron Diaz
Cameron was born and raised in San Diego, and she has an extensive ancestry such as Cuban, English and German. At age 16, she left home to explore various countries including Australia, Morocco, Japan and Mexico, which proved her love for independence and adventure. When she turned 21, she returned to California and got a job as a model. Eventually, she was given a chance to play the role of the female lead character in the film The Mask, alongside Jim Carrey. She had no previous experience in acting back then, but she snagged the role and rose into stardom because of that film, among a few others throughout her career in Hollywood.
5. Emma Stone
Emma Stone started her acting career as a stage actress in the production The Wind in the Willows, which was only one of the many productions where she starred during her early teens. At age 15, she finally decided to make a massive move as a Hollywood actress. Some of her popular films that elevated her acting career include Easy A, The Amazing Spider Man 2, and Gangster Squad. Stone’s trademarks include her lovely green eyes and husky voice, as she suffered from baby colic and developed nodules on her vocal chords.
4. Natalie Portman
Born in Jerusalem, Natalie is the only child of a Jewish couple who settled in Israel. Her father was a doctor from Israel while her mother was an artist from Ohio, and the latter also served as Natalie’s acting agent. Early in her childhood, she moved to Washington, D.C where she took center stage in several live performances. However, her finest role of all time was in the compelling film, Leon: The Professional. She also starred in several other blockbuster films such as Heat, Beautiful Girls, The Black Swan, The Other Boleyn Girl, V for Vendetta, and Thor: The Dark World.
3. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts was born in Georgia, and she always wanted to become a veterinarian. However, she studied journalism, and eventually tried her luck in Hollywood to follow his brother’s footsteps. Her initial break as an actress was int he film Mystic Pizza, in 1988. However, she was best known for her movie Pretty Woman, where she earned an Oscar nomination and a recognition from the People’s Choice Award. She made a number of films that boosted her career as a Hollywood actress including My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Eat, Pray, Love, Runaway Bride, The Pelican Brief, and Mona Lisa Smile.
2. Kristen Stewart
Kristen”K-Stew” Stewart is a young American actress who rose to stardom for playing the role of Bella Swan in the hit movie series The Twilight Saga. She also became known for her other films such as Panic Room, Zathura, The Runaways, On the Road, and Snow White and the Huntsman. Off-screen, Kristen is eyed by the public because of her unique sense of style and strong character that help shape her image as a celebrity.
1. Angelina Jolie
Topping the list is Angelina Jolie, who is a famous American actress, author, screenwriter and film director. She is also very active in humanitarian causes where she works as a Special Envoy to assist refugees in African and Asian nations. Angelina was also cited as the most beautiful woman in the world, which was a title that caused her to earn praises and attention from the media.
There you have it – 10 of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. These women serve as a visible proof that with determination and dedication, it is not impossible to reach the pinnacle of one’s success.