This was going to be my entry into A Fistful of Films' blogathon. But I looked at the guidelines again, and I forgot that one's pick has to be an Oscar nominee. So, here's the unused entry.
What happened to this actress? After two acclaimed performances in American Beauty (1999) and Ghost World (2001), she faded from the spotlight. In fact, she followed Ghost World up with two TV movies. Can someone explain that to me?
|Birch in All I Want for Christmas, one of her first films.|
She started out as a child actress, appearing in films like All I Want for Christmas (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), and Alaska (1996). Following a brief stint in TV work, she hit a high with American Beauty and fell to a horrible low in just three years. Now, she appears mostly in independent thrillers that garner anything but praise from critics.
|Birch in American Beauty.|
As previously mentioned, her famous performances are in American Beauty and Ghost World. In the former film, she played a rebellious high schooler that fell for a social outcast with a video camera. In the latter, she gave us Enid, a witty outsider fresh out of high school. These were solid outings from the budding thespian, and she is now far from being an A-lister. At 30, she is essentially a has-been.
|Birch in Ghost World.|
This is the same actress who's been nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a Primetime Emmy. She's even won Screen Actors Guild and Online Film Critics Society Awards. Of course, she's been out of the awards circuit, for the most part, since the Ghost World campaign, but I can't understand why she's fallen from grace with Hollywood.
|The cast of American Beauty at the 2000 SAG Awards.|
Her upcoming film Petunia has a current U.S. release date scheduled for 2013. It's a dramedy co-starring Brittany Snow, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Christine Lahti. IMDb describes the movie as "the story of a family whose growth is stunted... a family that learns how to love themselves while loving each other (a little too much)."
|The cast of Petunia.|
Will Petunia be the project that revitalizes her floundering career? I hope so.