My crush on actress Ashley Williams is well-documented, but what isn’t always spoken of is the reason for her appeal. She manages to play every character infused with what seems like her true essence, making each one familiar yet new and different. It makes her the perfect girl next door character, leading to today Stanislavskian query…


The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Nathan Fillion is another perfect example, always playing himself, but being incredibly charming doing it, asking: What actor is the quintessential guy and/or girl next door in your mind?

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  1. October 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Probably Alyson Hannigan. Whatever her role, she always seems to inject a little bit of awkward goofball into it.

  2. Ron
    October 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    Lori Loughlin, she was the reason to watch Full House.

  3. Kirby
    October 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    I always found Phoebe Cates to be this for me, even if Fast Times kind of plays against it.

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