At some point or another in their careers, I expect that all young actors and actresses will consider Shakespeare, in order to be taken seriously. Sometimes it’ll work, sometimes not. For every Jude Law there’s an Ethan Hawke.
I think the ladies have it even tougher. Shakespeare didn’t write many Daisy Duke / blonde bombshell roles, so once an actress is stereotyped as eye candy it’s that much harder for her to be taken seriously.
I was a little worried, then, when I saw this article about country star Carrie Underwood being "more than just blonde hair and a pretty dress", especially when it came up in my Shakespeare filters. Ugg.
But surprise surprise:
"I don't have an acting "bug." It's not something that is on my bucket list," Underwood said. "But if the right thing came up and we were approached and told 'hey, this would be something cool for you, something small.' I'm not looking to do any Shakespeare or anything major. Something small, something fun and it sounds like it would be a good time then I'd be in."
Maybe she could write a song about Shakespeare instead? It worked for Taylor Swift.