Friday Fun: Pick Your Emma

Mar 14, 2014 by

Last Friday Nancy talked about several of the hotties that play Mr. Knightley in various adaptations.  We all have our favorites (I’m torn between ALL OF THEM).


This week it’s all about Emma..who is the best at playing Jane’s most unlikeable heroine?


Gwyneth Paltrow:



Romola Garai:



Kate Beckinsale:



Joanna Sotomura in Emma Approved:




And for fun, Alicia Silverstone as Cher:



So who is the closest to your mental image of Emma?  Or maybe you have another actress in mind that you’d cast in your perfect version…let me know in the comments!

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  1. Romola Garai has my vote! Her facial expressions are priceless. :)

  2. Ceri

    I’ve not seen 2009 yet, so I vote Alicia! I quite liked Gwyneth too.

  3. Gwyneth has always been my favourite with Alicia close second. And, as much as I don’t want to disagree with Jane Austen, I don’t think Emma so very unlikeable. In fact, I like her more for her faults, because they make her human and real and I’m pretty sure that all of us can relate to her opinions, attitudes and behaviour. Plus, she is very patient and compassionate!

  4. Sophia Rose

    I’m going with Romola though I liked Kate too.

  5. Stephanie Carrico

    I really enjoyed all the ladies performances, but Romola Garaisi is my favorite. I agree with Farida, that Emma is one of Jane’s most human character…and I love her flaws and all.

  6. Joanne F

    Romola all the way!

  7. Ellen Evans

    Oh, Kate Beckinsale has the most truly Austenian take, hands down. Gwyneth Paltrow, calculating, snide, and studied, in no way suggests either Emma’s extreme, virginal youth, nor her open temperament, and Romola Garai, perhaps the best actress to assay the role, is, alas, hampered by a “modernized” take that requires her to push her facial expressions to clownishness and fling herself about in a manner which would have disgusted Miss Austen.

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