Jodelle Ferland is a sixteen-year old Canadian born actress who is starting to take Hollywood by storm. She was only six when she started in her first movie “Mermaid” and Jodelle seems to have a natural talent that makes her one to watch. If you have seen Jodelle Ferland playing “Bree” in the Twilight Saga: Eclipse then you might begin to see her potential as the next big thing for Hollywood.
The first time I saw Jodelle Ferland was watching the first episode of Dead Like Me. She played a little girl being stalked by a reluctant grim reaper. I was mesmerized by the doll-like quality of her facial features and grasp of the tragic character she was portraying. Very soon after I saw Jodelle as the dead “Mary” in Stephen Kings Kingdom Hospital and was again intrigued. Her double starring role as Sharon and Allesa blew many audiences away in “Silent Hill” and showed she could be the next big thing for Hollywood.
I then sought out the movie “Tideland” and was completely blown away by her performance. Her portrayal of a hippie child whose drug addled parents overdose leaving her to fend for herself is amazing. Jodelle Ferland reminded me of Brooke Shields in “Storyville” right down to the fixing up drug syringes for adults in her life. She allows us to see the rare glimpses of a child’s mind when dealing with tragedies.
I had no idea that when I was watching “The Messengers” that the little doomed boy in the closet was actually played by a little girl. The willingness to break into male roles is also a great sign Jodelle Ferland could be the next big thing for Hollywood.
Jodelle Ferland could terrify with one coy eyebrow and sardonic twist of her lip in “Case 39.” She plays a child who might not have ever been innocent and only “plays the child” when the purpose suits her. Who ever knew such a precocious child could terrify grown adults?
The depth of emotions that Jodelle Ferland can portray at such a young age shows she may have staying power within oh so fickle Hollywood. Jodelle has the ability to cover a wide range of roles and really break out of the child actor mold that Hollywood creates. Jodelle Ferland could follow the footsteps of Jodie Foster and Anna Paquin if she continues to stretch the boundaries.
Directors seem to often cast Jodelle in many horror movies and spooky television shows due to her rather eerily beautiful appearance. There is nothing quite as frightening as a lovely child or young girl that is filled with evil and darkness. The question is, will Jodelle Ferland break out of the mold she is so often cast?