10. Amanda Seyfried
When this doe-eyed beauty left Big Love to pursue a film career, all eyes were on her to be the Next Big Thing. Between her turn as a Mormon daughter and her scene-stealing work in Mean Girls, she was about as versatile as any young actress could hope to be. She started off right, making bold and distinct choices in Mama Mia!, Jennifer’s Body and Chloe, but then… things took a turn for the worse. Has anyone ever had a longer series of clunkers than her miraculous run of Dear John, Letters to Juliet, Red Riding Hood, In Time, and her most recent flop, Gone? In the course of only a few years, she went from being a new hope to starring in a Twilight knockoff.
Is there hope for her yet?: Of course. She has the benefit of still being young, and Hollywood has proven themselves to be forgiving of a few stumbles. Studios clearly love her, or they wouldn’t be giving her so many pedestals to fall from. And finally, her upcoming projects hint at a potential turnaround: Lovelace, a biopic (about a porn star, but hey, playing real people always has a little prestige, right?); The Big Wedding, an ensemble romantic comedy with a mostly respected cast of veterans; and, in potentially her best career score since Karen Smith, she will be playing Cossette in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables What is more prestigious than that? My sources indicate that there is a 100% chance that it’s already raining for Miss Seyfried… but a pretty good chance that it’ll be clearing up soon.
Our suggestion: Stay on the track. Prestige musicals, biopics, comedies with A+ ensembles… before we know it, Amanda could finally be a hit.