5 Actors Who Don’t Want to be Typecast

Emma Watson

Emma took on her role in ‘The Bling Ring’ to avoid being typecast after her big part in the Harry Potter series: ”Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again. I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt… I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it’s a really big character.”

Gemma Arterton

Gemma searches for different roles so she isn’t typecast: “I feel so lucky. I always thought I’d be in period dramas playing downtrodden girls in love. I read so many scripts and they’re all the same: either the character is just someone to be in the background or they’re there to help the man, to be the love interest like I’ve done in ‘Prince of Persia’ or ‘Clash of the Titans’. What I want to do is find characters who are the focus. Sexy and real women, not perfect. Not pin-ups.”

Keira Knightley

Keira wanted to avoid playing tragic figures so took on an action thriller role in ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ to shake up her career:  “I think when I finished doing Anna Karenina I realised that I’d been playing characters that pretty much died or something horrendous happened to them for about the last five years and I fancied doing something fun.”

Mark Wahlberg

Mark has been trying to move away from the type of roles he’s known for typically: “I’ve made a direct effort to stay away from anything with street talking, street slang, you know. I’ve done things that were a little bit violent and aggressive at times. But I haven’t done anything like that for a long time.”