You know she had to show up here eventually, right? It’s upfront week, when all of the major networks announce their fall television lineups. So in honor of television in general, I thought I’d highlight yet another outstanding lead actress on TV this season and next. Toni Collette is one flexible Aussie. Now get your mind out of the gutter.
What I mean is she takes on really chilling roles in movies like The Sixth Sense and The Night Listener, and then she mixes it up with “more going on beneath the surface” characters like her housewife in The Hours or the mother in Little Miss Sunshine, or even the sister in In Her Shoes, and she never fails to hit the comedic nail on the head. All in an impeccable American accent. Her accent is so irreproachable that I even have a hard time imaging Toni whispering sweet nothings with an Aussie lilt. But I will keep trying. Because I’m dedicated.
I have never before seen an actress literally transform on camera the way Toni does in her most praise-worthy role to date, playing Tara in Showtime’s Dissociative Identity Disorder-as-entertainment, surprisingly heavy-hitting United States of Tara. In the course of an episode, Toni flips from hip young mom to teen rebel to womanizing redneck to 50s-era housewife to GOBLIN IN A PONCHO. And this season’s new “alter,” Shoshanna, might just be my favorite. (I do miss T, the teen, though, since Toni Collette in a thong is never a bad thing.)
And besides stating the obvious (“She. Is. Hot.”), can I just remark upon her fantastic teeth? Odd, I know, but she’s so distinctive looking and I think the teeth have something to do with it. Anybody know what I’m talking about? No? Some visual assistance: