As Florence and the Machine once said, the Duff days are over (or something like that). She was the Miley Cyrus of the early noughties, but since her Disney TV series came to an end Hilary Duff has been dividing her time between average pop projects, average fashion projects and average film projects. It’s only really with hindsight that you realise she never really was that good (“We knew that all along, dickhead” – Everyone).
Earlier this year she bought out a ridiculously pointless ’Best Of’ compilation featuring all, er, five of her UK singles (it failed to crack the Top 100 on either side of the Atlantic); and her last big screen project was an almighty flop despite her above-average-for-once reviews. Musically, more recent Disney stars (Cyrus, Lovato… even Hudgens) are bringing out much more accessible material and are getting much more “creatively involved”, and as a result the Hilary-era hasn’t stood the test of time and the majority of her releases haven’t aged well. And in terms of her cinematic career, there could only be so many ‘A Cinderella Story’/'Cheaper By The Dozen’/'Material Girls’ type movies before someone said “Waaaiiit a minute… you’re the same in every film!”
But she’s been quite busy lately, with a couple of indie films awaiting release and a couple of TV projects lined up as well. WARNING: Some of these projects actually could be quite good.
For a start she’s getting a multi-episode stint in Gossip Girl this season, as a famous movie star looking for a normal college experience. Nothing too meaty then, but in fairness ‘Gossip Girl’ is amazing because of its ridiculous trashiness, so hopefully this will be a good high-profile job for her. Plus this picture hints at a raunchy storyline with Dan:
Perhaps the most promising film she has coming up is called ‘Greta’ in which she plays a girl called… Greta. To be honest it looks as though her almost hilarious emotional breakdowns have stayed with her, but that aside it does look as though maybe her acting is ‘coming along a bit’. It doesn’t look like it will make more than £18 at the Box Office (in fact some sources reckon it will go straight to DVD), but credit to her for taking on a more indie role. Here’s the trailer:
Other film projects awaiting release include ‘Stay Cool’ with Winona Ryder and, most high-profile of all, the role of Bonnie in ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde’. We can’t see her being amazing in that to be honest, but we’ll wait and see. There’s also a rather good looking film called ‘What Goes Up’ with Steve Coogan, ‘Juno’ star Olivia Thrilby, and the generally hilarious Molly Shannon that has been panned by many critics but praised by others as “darkly funny and wonderfully twisted”. Oooh. It’s already fled rapidly to DVD in the US and there’s no word on any UK release whatsoever, so it’s unlikely to open any new doors career-wise, but in terms of acting performance it could prove that she is indeed making slight progress.
It’s hard not to wish Duff well… throughout her career she’s been likeable, despite never really being very good, so maybe with these new projects she might be able to force herself back into popular demand. As long as she steers cleer of bubblegum pop-rock for all eternity.