New York-born female actors have taken Hollywood by storm. Thanks to their exceptional acting talents, beauty or grace they have distinguished themselves in a highly competitive industry.
To become an effective actor, one must put forth effort. This may mean taking acting classes, volunteering at theaters and TV shows, and exploring various acting styles.
1. Viola Davis
Viola Davis, hailing from New York and now living in Los Angeles, is an immensely talented female actor renowned for her impeccable acting abilities, beauty, and grace. Beginning on stage and later moving onto television sitcoms and films.
She has won multiple awards, such as the Tony Award for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in Fences. Additionally, she has been nominated for numerous Emmys and Oscars.
Her accomplishments as an actor span film, theatre, television and memoir writing; from producing new voices through opening doors for new voices to being the first black woman ever to receive all three honors (Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards) this year alone.
2. Amanda Seyfriend
Amanda Seyfriend is an acclaimed actress and global ambassador for luxury French skincare brand Lancome. Known for her exceptional acting talents, beauty, and grace.
She hails from German, English and Scottish ancestry and began modeling at 11 years of age; later acting in high school productions.
She made her mark when she played Gabrielle Union’s beloved lead in Tina Fey’s cult teen comedy Mean Girls and has gone on to star in dramas such as Nine Lives and Alpha Dog as well as television series like Big Love.
She is best-known for her role as Donna Sheridan in Meryl Streep’s Mamma Mia!, and is currently working on Apple TV+ drama anthology The Crowded Room.
3. Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt is an esteemed British actress who has made waves in Hollywood thanks to her exceptional acting abilities, beauty, and grace. Nominated for multiple awards and garnering widespread critical acclaim is something this British beauty excels in doing.
She began her career in television and theatre before transitioning into film. Her breakthrough role came in 2006 in The Devil Wears Prada when she played an unsympathetic magazine assistant alongside Anne Hathaway.
This movie quickly became both commercial and critical success, earning her nominations for several prestigious awards including BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Since her marriage to John Krasinski, she has successfully balanced both career and family responsibilities. Recently she revealed that husband, Hazel (8), and Violet (6″) remain integral components of her life.
4. Saoirse Ronan
Ronan was born to Irish parents living in County Carlow who then relocated to the US during a recession and sought employment here.
Her mother introduced her to acting and eventually helped launch her acting career by working as a nanny on television shows and films. She first made her acting debut on The Clinic before landing her first movie role shortly thereafter.
She first made headlines for her breakthrough role as a precocious teenager in Joe Wright’s Atonement (2007) and received numerous critical acclaims and nominations for various awards.
Filmography | Sarah Jessica Parker has amassed an impressive filmography encompassing gritty war drama, pint-sized assassin roles, and orphans looking for closure in The Lovely Bones. Additionally, she earned two Academy Award nominations for performances in period drama Brooklyn and Greta Gerwig’s comedy-drama Lady Bird (2017); these nominations earned her two more Oscar nominations alongside several high-profile prestige film performances.
5. Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum (nee Emmanuelle Grey Rossum) is a distinguished female actor from New York who has established herself in Hollywood through her exceptional acting skills, beauty, and grace. She has appeared in a number of high-profile movies and TV shows such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera – its movie version!
Recent success on the hit series Shameless and her battle for equal pay with male castmate (William H. Macy) earned her considerable admiration from viewers.
She recently welcomed her first child with husband director Sam Esmail and is also an accomplished singer/songwriter with three songs currently available for download from her upcoming debut album.
6. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is an award-winning actress and director who has made waves in Hollywood with her exquisite acting abilities, beauty, and grace. She has appeared in films like Her and Rush and Better Living Through Chemistry which follows a married woman as she embarks upon an affair with Sam Rockwell’s pharmacist character (also starring Olivia Wilde).
Wilde is also an accomplished film producer. Her first directorial project is BookSmart, featuring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in its cast.
Wilde is reported to be in a relationship with Harry Styles, whom she met while filming Don’t Worry Darling. Reportedly, they spent much time together during filming sessions for Don’t Worry Darling and even made their romance official at Styles’ manager’s wedding ceremony.
7. Michelle Pfeiffer
Pfeiffer has made an extensive career in entertainment, acting in numerous films over time and voicing characters in animated movies.
Starting her acting career in 1978, this talented actress quickly established herself. After making her television debut in an episode of Fantasy Island, she soon after landed her first major role with The Hollywood Knights.
She has held roles across both villain and hero characters, becoming one of Hollywood’s most well-known female actors. Known for immersing herself into any character she portrays, she brings an exceptional sense of character to any movie she stars in and is nominated for many awards in her career. She has even won a few of them!
8. Keke Wyatt
Keke Wyatt is an exceptional singer-songwriter-actor-television personality from Hollywood who has quickly made her mark thanks to her exceptional acting abilities and beauty. Starting singing at a very early age and becoming popular for her soulful vocals.
She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana influenced by R&B music. Starting her singing career as part of several girl groups during her teen years.
Her first breakthrough came in 2000 after she collaborated with R&B singer Avant and released her first studio album. Since then she has released five studio albums as well as working as a songwriter and amassing a significant net worth.
9. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith has become one of the most beloved actresses on film over two decades with her performances, which range from playing hovercraft pilot and strip club MC roles, to hosting talk-shows. Smith is beloved among fans.
In 2004, she published her children’s book Girls Hold Up This World which hit number two on The New York Times Best Seller List. Along with Will Smith, she founded and operated their production company which produced several films, documentaries and television series.
She recently spoke out about the Oscars slap she experienced on Instagram and encouraged her husband to accept responsibility for it. On her Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk, she also addressed mental health and understanding people’s difficulties.
10. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Penda Henson is an award-winning actress who studied acting at Howard University. She starred in several movies such as Baby Boy and Hustle & Flow.
Through her performances in these movies, she has earned several NAACP Image Award nominations and critical acclaim – and even an Academy Award nomination – for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
Taraji P. Henson has built her career around supporting women of color and mental health issues; most notably with her Facebook Watch show Peace of Mind with Taraji. Additionally, in 2018 she established The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation with the aim of decreasing African American male and female recidivism rates.
Recent stage performances include Annie LIVE! on NBC. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony depicted her powerful portrayal as an unhappy wife dissatisfied with her cheating husband.