Why waste such talent in meager roles? While the majority of these stars are recognizable and have delivered some great performance onscreen, they deserve that big moment and major recognition that is yet to come. For an avid film viewer like me it's a shame that some actors and actresses have yet to have that moment.
This was a hard list to put together, but for me, these nine performers are the ones that are sadly overlooked on numerous occasions. It'd be amazing to see these stars rise to further prominence and get that role that'll cement them and maybe get them some awards for the work they put in – work that they've given and given in countless roles without top billing.
9. Judy Greer
If you watched a lot of movies in 2015, chances are you probably saw Judy Greer. Well, you might have caught glimpses of her. With supporting roles in Ant-Man, Jurassic World, Tomorrowland and Entourage, blink and you'll miss her.
In 2014, Greer starred in the drama Men, Women & Children, a film that looks at relationships in a modern society through social media. Her performance as a forceful mother who pushes stardom onto her daughter is something to behold as she brilliantly conveys the inability to recognize her pushy nature and how destructive her overbearing mannerisms are to her daughter's future.
It's a raw and believable performance, not only proving that Greer can do darker, more drama-orientated roles as well as boasting her charming comedy chops. which we've seen across dozens of TV and movie roles, her most popular being Archer. However, when I think of her movie roles I cannot pick one that defines her career because she's never been given anything substantial apart from supporting roles. Give Judy Greer a bigger, meatier role because she's more than capable and an immensely likable star.
8. Ben Mendelsohn
This actor has brought to the screen a handful of slimy, cunning and nasty piece-of-work-type characters from merciless prisoner Neville Love in Starred Up, John Daggett, who dared to stand up to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and aggressive burglar Elias in Trespass. Ben Mendelsohn is overlooked as an actor capable of standing tall against his big screen costars like Tom Hardy, Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds.
However, he has a starring role in the upcoming and hotly anticipated Star Wars Rogue One, and the shots of him look menacing enough. Here's hoping his appearance in this massive blockbuster will cement him down as an actor to be reckoned with.
7. Essie Davis
The Babadook. Need I say more? Essie Davis's performance in the 2014 psychological horror is hands down one of the finest in the genre, as she plays a stressed out, tired and frustrated single mother whose mentally ill young child is plagued by a nasty spirit that also takes its toll on her. Based on that performance, and that of her role in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is a calling card for bigger things, but for now, these smaller and more intricate roles are really building up her
6. Michaela Watkins
I recently re-watched Wanderlust, the 2012 comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. While these two popular stars deliver charming and funny performances as two big city workers who find a new start in a nudist/hippy commune, it's Michaela Watkins who steals the scene as an unhappy housewife. Watkins subtle delivery of unhappiness works to great effect, she mutters to herself and wanders around her huge suburban home drinking through the days; it's rather bleak but hilarious. It made me question: Why don't we see more of Watkins?
With only small roles in films like They Came Together and Enough Said, this SNL regular deserves more screen time to leave us laughing lewdly (which she is clearly capable of). If you haven't seen Wanderlust, do yourself a favor because Watkins's appearance alone is worth your time.
5. Paula Patton
As much as I loved Rebecca Ferguson's role in M:I5 Rogue Nation, Paula Patton was an absolute blast to watch in M:I4 Ghost Protocol as revenge-thirsty agent Jane Carter, and I wish she returned for the fifth film. Paula Patton has made appearances in films like Deja Vu alongside Denzel Washington, landed herself a big role in Warcraft: The Beginning, and appeared in breezy romcoms Jumping The Broom and Baggage Claim, so there's no denying she's a watchable and capable star.
Be that as it may, Patton is overlooked. Does anyone remember her touching performance in Precious? That's what Paula Patton can do. It'd be great to see some more dramatic, hard-hitting roles so she can show off her talent, maybe even some comedies with the likes of Apatow, Feig or McKay behind the camera.
4. Leland Orser
Chances are you've seen Leland Orser in the Taken trilogy, and in smaller films like The Guest and The Gambler, but I can't recall a time where he's been truly given the chance to make an impact in a film or really knock our socks off. There were glimmers of this in The Guest, as he plays the role of a rundown, fond of alcohol, unhappy at work Father. Orser brilliantly displays moments of almost breaking down and losing his temper and it's fascinating to watch. I'd love to see Leland Orser get his teeth sunk into a meaty role. He seems like the performer Quentin Tarantino would cast. Who knows, let's hope that's soon.
3. Kate Dickie
This actresses's abilities are something else. Kate Dickie enthralls as a devout Christian mother in The Witch, whose performances goes on descent into loss and madness when her family suffers at the hands of evil. Dickie is utterly convincing, and rather frightening at times. In Prometheus she's got a short but sweet performance as she explores a mysterious planet that leads her and her team of explorers into Hell. Kate Dickie is serious Scottish talent and do yourself a favor and check out some of her work.
2. Melissa George
This actress has consistently knocked me off my feet with her performances. Aussie star Melissa George delivers a powerhouse performance in 2009 psychological thriller Triangle. Watch it not only for its thrills and intrigue, but for Melissa George. With roles in A Lonely Place To Die and 30 Days of Night, she is undeniably skilled and someone to watch out for, I just wish more people knew of her. It'd be awesome to see her take on bigger profile films, someone as talented as Melissa George shouldn't pass by quietly.
1. Kathryn Hahn
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy. The amount of hilarious women in film and TV goes on, and the majority of people can name names in an instant, but Kathryn Hahn is seemingly shunned aside or slips past quietly. That's a problem, Hahn is one of the funniest performers. Bad Moms boasts her wild side, Wanderlust, The Visit, We're The Millers, even smaller parts in films like Tomorrowland, show her capability of taking on pretty much any role in any genre. Here's hoping that THAT Bad Moms performance gets her on people's radars, and then we'll get to see more of this brilliant star!
Honorable mentions include Jane Krakowski, Alexander Ludwig, Natalie Martinez, Kristen Schaal, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, Brooklyn Decker.
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Which of these actors would you like to see land a huge role worthy of their talent?