21 thoughts on “WCW: Christina Cole

  1. I finally got around to watching Lost in Austen and boy, did I ever want to know what happened to Caroline in the end. Christina gave her a surprising amount of depth.

  2. I remember her as the rather evil stepsister in What a Girls Wants with Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth. Haven’t watched that in years!

  3. In Miss Pettigrew she’s the competing actress with Amy Adams’ character. They’re both sleeping with the young producer to get the role. Delysia calls her “the rabbit”. (Can you tell I watch this movie a lot? Ha!)

  4. Since the first thing I ever saw Christina Cole in was “Hex”, I never really associated her with bitchy roles.

    By the way, “The Murder at the Vicarage” was set in the early 1950s. And her hairstyle in “He Knew He Was Right” (a rather good production, I thought) does not look Edwardian to me.

    1. She’s “his Hortensia, to be enjoyed in every way.” She didn’t have a lot of lines, but she was a sexy, vulpine foil to Amy Adams, and it was wonderful.

      1. oops…. i posted my reply to the wrong comment. This was supposed to go with Bronwyn’s comment.

  5. I liked the portrayal of Blanche Ingram in the 2006 version of Jane Eyre because they changed her from the stock bitchy mean girl she is in the book and actually gave her a modicum of self-awareness. Although they still fell victim to the “make the antagonist blonde to contrast with the brunette heroine” trope.

  6. Icy blond types don’t do it for me, but Cole is very skilled. She brings up a question, though: Why is Blanche Ingram so often cast as blond? Bronte describes her as tall, well built, and quite dark, “dark as a Spaniard,” or something like that. Speaking of which, is she the novel-to-film version of petite, fair-haired Katharine of Aragon, almost always played by a brunet?

      1. Yeah, in the book, Jane Eyre is small and pale and has “irregular” features. So, as you point out, for contrast mean-girl Blanche is tall, dark and gorgeous. Being a smart guy, Mr. Rochester understands that Jane is admirable and his soul mate and all that, while Blanche is a gold-digging bitch.

        Bet it made the rather odd-looking Charlotte Bronte feel WONDERFUL to put all that on paper and see it become a best seller. I’ve never read a novel so fiercely on the side of its narrator and so skilled at winning the reader’s empathy as well.

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