Arts & Entertainment

February 15, 2004

People on TV

I don't understand why people look the way they do on TV shows. I'm talking about actresses on comedies and dramas who get paid big bucks and have staff hair and makeup stylists to make them look good. Why do they so often look so crappy? The flip side of this has another question, why do actors look so good in situations when they should probably look less good?

My main PFFTy example is Mac on JAG. If you are unfamiliar, Mac is short for Sarah McKenzie and she's a lieutenant colonel in the Marines and a JAG lawyer. She also has one of the worst haircuts ever. Her hairstylist should just be taken out and shot, and I really don't understand why nobody else has pointed this out to her. Every time I see her on TV I just scream at the screen "Fix your hair!"

Another example is Lauren Reed on Alias. She is an agent with the National Security Council and was recently revealed to be evil. She's also married to a CIA agent who is the love of the life of the main character Sydney Bristow (also a CIA agent). As if all that wasn't bad enough, Lauren has the world's second ugliest eyebrows. She's got very nice very blonde hair, but awful thick brown eyebrows. A tweezer, ever heard of it? (Incidentally the world's ugliest eyebrows belong to Amanda Peet in the movie "Something's Gotta Give." Sheesh they were bad. Movie is pretty good though.)

Along the same lines as Lauren Reed and Sydney Bristow, I am annoyed how secret agents on TV shows always have time to keep their hair trimmed and curled and to go shopping for really great wardrobes that they can wear on their secret missions. I only work 8-5, don't travel for my job, am not involved in any love triangles, and somehow have to work really hard to get up the time and energy to get my hair cut and go shopping. I guess I'm in the wrong line of work. At least I know how to pluck my eyebrows.

Published: February 15, 2004
Editor: stacy

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