Friday, February 20, 2009
Piper Perabo Imagine Me And You
Me and Piper Perabo together; I don't even want to begin to imagine the possibilities! Piper Perabo; Me, you, secluded cottage, wine, soft lights, romantic music... *sigh*. Piper Perabo - imagine me and you. There are some blogs that cause me some form of hesitancy; some sort of 'what the hell do I say?', 'how to I put into words, my excitement, my whims and/or my fantasies?' This blog is one of those. When I think of how I feel about Perabo too many thoughts rush to my brain all at once and believe me a brain freeze while trying to compose a blog is down right inappropriate. This is not the time to get so caught up that you sit, stare and sigh at the images of such a beauty on your screen. Piper has not had a very long career, neither does she have a long string of box office hits to her credit, however, what Perabo does have is the love, respect and admiration of quite a number of doting fans (yours truly included) as well as some really nice and well received movies. I was not impressed with the first movie of her that I've seen. And I am referring to both the movie and her performance in said movie. Which movie? Coyote Ugly (2000). It wasn't an awful movie but it certainly wasn't a great movie either. To be completely honest, if the cast members were any different, maybe I would not have watched the movie at all. But in all seriousness, when the main cast of a movie include Perabo, Maria Bello, Izabella Miko, Tyra Banks and Briget Moynahan it's kinda hard not to watch wouldn't you say. And moreover, when said movie include scenes of these women dressed in tight-fitting leather apparel doing (dance) numbers on a bar counter then I'd say that my hands were pretty much tied. Now throw in LeAnn Rimes and some truly gratifying and enjoyable songs and you've got, to some extent, a must see movie *smiles*. Coyote Ugly has gone from being an unimpressive movie to a must see movie in 12 seconds flat! (How contradictory can I be? You don't want to know). My next 'run in' with Perabo was when she appeared in the 2003 comedy - Cheaper by the Dozen. I enjoyed every bit of this movie and still take the opportunity to see it whenever I can. By this time my affinity for the young actress was taking root. Then in 2005 it happened! Perabo was paired with one of my eternal obsessions, the gorgeous British bombshell Lena Headey, in one of the most significant and romantic films as far as the LGBT community is concerned - Imagine Me and You. Perabo was at the top of her game and not just because of the role itself. No, it was the way in which she carried the role; she took the role and made it compellingly real. Watching her performance placed you right in the middle of it all, it was not just a movie, you were all caught up in it. She made the emotions real, the conflict, the angst, the indecision, the sense and pressure of the guilt of betrayal. Her performance, in my opinion, was reminiscent of a Meryl Streep portrayal. Also in 2005 she reprised her role in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, in 2006 she had roles in 10th & Wolf, First Snow and The Prestige (alongside Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine). The following year she teamed up with Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore and Lauren Graham in the comedy/romance Because I Said So. In 2008, along with the likes of Drew Barrymore and Loretta Divine, she participated in her second animated film playing the role of Rachel Ashe Lynn in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Two of her latest films include Ashes (drama) - no release date as yet and Sordid Things (post-production). She won her first and only award to date in 2001 for her role in Coyote Ugly when she won the MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment (for singing One Way Or Another). She took singing and guitar lessons to prepare for this role. I am waiting for Perabo to make her big break on the big screen. I am confident that she has what it takes and that given the right opportunity, she will do it. In the mean time I will just have to settle for a daily visit to my Piper Perabo shrine. Here's wishing you a fun and safe weekend.