Hi everyone 🙂
I would like to dedicate this post to some of my favourite female characters on television- it was very hard to narrow the list down so I am sure there will be more blog posts about this in the future!
- Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) in How to Get Away with Murder
Fiercely independent, confident, reserved, caring, manipulative, intelligent, and driven- Laurel is by far a simple character. There is so much complexity about Laurel that we have continued to discover during HTGAWM’s three seasons (soon going into the fourth).
I’ll admit that I wasn’t keen on Laurel as a character when the show first came out- she appeared to be too quiet, and not the sort of quiet where I want to find out more. However as soon as the show properly delves into Laurel’s world and gives her the screen time she deserves, audiences will want to root for Laurel at her best and at her worst (this is called How to Get Away with Murder after all).
I also have an immense admiration for Laurel because she is a Latina character who is no way defined for being Latina, and that is a massive breakthrough for American television!
2. Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson (Danielle Brooks) in Orange is the New Black
Wonderful is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Taystee- who has been residing at an all women correctional centre for most of the show’s five season run (going on six).
There is so much power, raw emotion, vulnerability, humility, humour, and strength that Taystee brings to this stellar female cast. I don’t see Taystee as a prisoner of her own actions- Taystee is a prisoner of a society that has wronged her.
Despite this, she continues to be a source of inspiration and hope for not only herself, but for a lot of the prisoners at Litchfield.
3. Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardinelli) in Bloodline
In a show that is primarily male driven, Meg holds her own as one of the four Rayburn siblings.
While she is caring, loving and probably one of the few ‘good people’ from this far from perfect family, viewers will discover that Meg will do anything to protect her family, even when it means jeopardising herself.
Bloodline has just ended its’ third and sadly final season on Netflix, so check it out now to find out how this twisted story unravels!
4. Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) in Unbreakable, Kimmy Schmidt
I had to include at least one funny lady on this list (and oh there are so many that deserve a list of their own)!
Jacqueline may be superficial, vain, self-conscious, and judgemental, but the beauty of this show is that it is a comedy, which means Jacqueline easily becomes loveable and someone who will always bring the LOL’s.
5. Valencia Perez (Gabreille Ruiz) in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Let me be 100% real- I love a good TV ‘mean girl’. They’re not people you would be friends with in real life but this is TV after all and we want entertainment- mean girls know how to bring it.
In Valencia’s case, her self-obsessed demeanour (much like Jacqueline’s) heightens the comedic factor of this musical dramedy.
Also, shout out to another Latina TV character that isn’t defined for being Latina!