7 of the Most Underrated Female Actors

Actors can give their all in a film but sometimes just do not receive adequate appreciation for their efforts. These stars are simply missed, despite the fact that they carry the film on their shoulders. This list was compiled in order to learn more about these underappreciated female Hollywood icons.


7. Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga is on my list of underappreciated actors who deserve greater recognition because she is simply amazing. Her captivating beauty and incredible talent combine to make her hypnotic. When she starred in "The Orphan," the Ukrainian-American actress drew my attention with her fascinating portrayal of a distraught mother. Her portrayal of Norma Bates in the television series "Bates Motel" just added to my admiration for her. And, also she is universally recognized as  Lorraine Warren in the Conjuring Universe films. Her portrayal of fear is some of the best I have seen on screen.

6. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart has the reputation in general consensus that she is a very mediocre actress at best. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Kristen Stewart’s mediocre showing in the Twilight series was down to an already poor script and direction (look at Robert Pattison post-Twilight).

Kristen had already given an absolute masterclass as a 12-year old in ‘Panic Room’, and has since given many more worthy performances. If anyone ever tells you that Kristen Stewart is a bad actress, remind them that she is the first American to win the César Award, the French equivalent to the Oscars, for her portrayal of Valentine, in Clouds of Sils Maria.

5. Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne, oh, Rose Byrne, oh, Rose Byrne How much we adore you. This underappreciated actress is Australian, but you'd never guess it based on how well she hides her accent in films like X-Men: First Class (2011) and Neighbors (2014). We've already shown you Rose Byrne's range by listing those two films; she's a realistic badass as CIA Agent Moira McTaggert in X-Men and she's also downright hilarious with Seth Rogen in Neighbors, and this versatility is one of the reasons we love her so much. She's also starred in neglected dramas like Danny Boyle's Sunshine (2007). However, it is her role in the CBS legal thriller Damages (2007–2012) that has brought Byrne the most recognition; she starred opposite Glenn Close in the series and received two Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nods.

4. Ana de Armas

If you’ve watched Knives Out, you know just how underrated Ana de Armas is. At present, she’s considered just a pretty face in Hollywood, and that will change very soon. Knives Out was just the beginning of what should be an illustrious career. The Spaniard also had a wonderful performance in the thriller, Knock Knock, matching the great Keanu Reeves’ acting, in a very shuddering performance. She is finally getting into the mainstream, with a role in Daniel Craig’s final Bond flick, No Time To Die. 

3. Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard is one of those actors that everybody knows by face and name because of how many big movies she has been part of and also given masterful performances in them. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress, César for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Actress in Musical or a Comedy for her portrayal of French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She made film history by becoming the first person to win an Academy Award for a French language performance. She has made it a habit to be involved in the big projects, her filmography: Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Contagion, and she isn’t done yet.

2. Toni Collette

Toni Collette has a remarkable track record in funny, off-kilter parts, but she's also done a lot of tragic work that's worth checking out as well. She, like Toby Kebbell, is one of those performers who disappears completely into a performance. Her ability, on the other hand, was obvious right away. Her fourth role in her career was in 'Muriel's Wedding,' and she's gone on to act in some amazing films since then. 'Velvet Goldmine,' 'The Sixth Sense,' 'About A Boy,' 'The Hours,' 'Little Miss Sunshine,' and 'The Way Way Back,' to name a few. The only reason she didn’t win an Oscar for Hereditary was because of the Academy’s unwillingness to recognize horror as a category of movies that can be awarded.

1. Rooney Mara

If you’ve watched ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ you know what I’m talking about. Her performance as Lisbeth Salander was one of the best I’ve ever seen. She was one of the youngest actresses to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actress, and it was her ability to thoroughly embody the role that set her apart from the others. Another classic was her portrayal of M, in ‘A Ghost Story’ where her depiction of the grief of a widow just blows your mind. However, her best and most underrated performance was in ‘Side Effects’ her depiction of a manipulative liar that fools, not just the characters in the movie but also the audience. Her ability to make her character of Emily completely impossible to read and judge is unparalleled in this movie.

May 05, 2022 — Aditya Gokhale