I was invited by Ruth to take part in the small roles/big performances. The main idea is to highlight a supporting/cameo performance that manages to make a big impression. And it just so happens Deborah Ann Woll had a small part in the Mothers Day remake where i think she excelled in. So when another opportunity to praise my actress crush presented itself i couldn’t resist 🙂
I choose 1 scene, and two smaller bits from another scene to show off Deborahs performance as Lydia. The way she portrays Lydias conflicting loyalty to her psycho family really impressed me. In the first clip(and only real prominent scene in the film) when she is confronted about what she has been accepting as fact her whole life Deborah shows real promise as a actress, slowly revealing the doubts Lydia starts to have. And to do so in a understated way like she does in the clips below shows real talent imo,especially after being used to seeing her in her much flashier role as Jessica in True Blood. To me she made Lydia feel memorable and grounded with a minor amount of screentime, and showed she can play more than just teenage babyvamps.
Making the transition from tv to movies can be a difficult one. But i feel her work in Mothers Day shows she has what it takes to make it in film. In fact, before getting her gig on true Blood she spent 10 years doing theater work(this is listed on her imdb), and that experience definitely shows.
If you can’t view the first clip due to copyright claims then try this link