They say that a movie is only as good as its villain – and when you really stop to think about it, there is some deep potency within that statement. If we are truly afraid of a villain – that is to say, if we get chills from their walk, their talk, their look, their philosophy, their underlying motivation behind their actions, or whatever it is that makes them tick – it’ll make it all the more sweet and cathartic when they are inevitably vanquished at the end of the film.
But while these actresses made our hairs stand up for their villainous performances on the silver screen – they also managed to make our hearts beat off the screen as well.
Rebecca Romijn as Mystique
When it comes to the X-Men universe, the term “villain” tends to be loosely defined. Mystique, the shape shifting, double agent assassin extraordinaire is a very good example of this. In the first X-Men film, she’s Magneto’s number two in command, and a bonafide villain.
But since she and Magneto both have strong ties with the “good mutants,” and because their motives are reasonable to an extent, they are sometimes perceived as good through the other films.
Rebecca Romijn in real life
Seeing Rebecca without all of that blue paint on her certainly unveils a startling transformation, but everyone knew exactly who was behind the curtain when X-Men first came out.
This is because Miss Romijn was a world class model before ever appearing in the franchise, back when she was married to Full House heartthrob John Stamos. She would later divorce him and remarry another well known actor, Jerry O’Connell. Considering the way she looks here, our hats are off to the both of them.
Sophie Turner as Dark Phoenix
The tidings of 2019 promise the likes of X-Men: The Dark Phoenix, a film that essentially centers around the turbulent rise of Dr. Jean Grey. We’ve discussed how the line between good and bad is exceptionally blurry when it comes to X-Men characters, and this is especially true when it comes to her.
For all intents and purposes, Jean is a good, well meaning person. However, the nature of her mutant persona is that of a dark, lingering creature which lies dormant with the depths of her identity. When it is awakened, she turns into a completely different beast – certainly with villainous tendencies. In the trailer for the film, Sophie Turner looks inspired in the role.
Sophie Turner in real life
Of course, the villainous role of the Dark Phoenix is only as exciting as it is thanks to the lovely and vibrant Sophie Turner, who critics have already exclaimed their positive anticipation for as the movie’s opening draws nearer.
It’s no secret that getting this role was helped thanks to her work in the well acclaimed fantasy series Game of Thrones, where Turner plays the role of Sansa Stark. Her success extends to her personal life as well, given that she got engaged to Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers towards the end of 2017. Say what you want about those Jonas kids, but one of them clearly managed to do something right.
January Jones as Emma Frost
In X-Men: First Class, we were taken back in time to the origin stories of Magneto and Dr. Charles Xavier. We also got a sneak peek into the lives of their mutant enemies as well, which at the time was Sebastian Shaw and his cronies, which included the likes of Emma Frost.
Played by the scintillating January Jones, she is cunning in the way she seems harmless, until she reads your mind like a Sunday morning newspaper. In addition to her Xavier-esque mind reading abilities, she also can alter the physical matter of her body to that of diamonds, making herself essentially bulletproof when she does it. Unfortunately for her, Shaw doesn’t really value her presence.
January Jones in real life
Another Hollywood starlet who leaves viewers stunned when they see her on screen, January Jones is known well for a lot of other roles she’s done outside of X-Men. In addition to her portrayal of Emma Frost, she also played the role of Cadence in the third installment of the American Pie comedy film series, American Wedding.
She may be best known for her role of Betty Draper in the popular TV drama, Mad Men. Regarding her love life, she may seem like the type of woman that any guy on the planet would love to date, but she’s still keeping her options open. However, she does have a child, while keeping the father’s name under wraps.
Josh Brolin as Thanos
In an article that puts a strong emphasis on villains, it would be hard not to include this guy – Thanos. The man (if you want to call him a man) with the ultimate plan.
The interesting thing about Thanos is that his motives are actually for the good of mankind – it’s just that his means for achieving them are pretty cold and heartless. Upcoming spoiler for those who haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War. This dude literally wiped out half the world’s population.
Josh Brolin in real life
It just so happens that in real life the actor who plays Thanos is someone who girls have fawned over since the beginning of time.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get our point (then again, now that Thanos has the time stone, maybe there is something to that original statement). Josh Brolin, who first came into prominence as a teen star in the adventure thriller film The Goonies, is quite the stud, and a formidable fictional villain as well.
Gina Carano as Angel Dust
Anyone who hasn’t seen Deadpool should go see it right now. Go ahead, we’ll wait right here. Have you see it yet? Great. Okay, now we can start talking about the film’s primary villains.
Ajax is the leader of the pack, but Angel Dust is his second in command, and she helps him out with his various agendas, such as keeping Wade in check while they have him hostage. She also participates in a big fight, where she displays her exceptional superhuman strength.
Gina Carano in real life
Gina Carano is the lady who plays the role of Angel Dust, and like all of her contemporaries on this list, she’s quite the stunner in real life. Unlike many of her real-life contemporaries, however, she happens to be an MMA fighter.
Indeed, it seems that if this actress got into a real fight with anyone else on this list, there’s a good chance she’d be the winner. Add that to the fact that we’d all like her number, and we’ve got ourselves a keeper.
Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
And now we’ve got Sebastian Shaw, yet another formidable villain who really stretches his powers to a limit in X-Men: First Class.
His powers are pretty incredible, given that he has the ability to absorb any type of energy that comes his way, and store it within himself until he’s ready to unleash it how he sees fit in the form of an attack. Magneto especially has a bone to pick with him, and we see the climax of this play out in the movie.
Kevin Bacon in real life
Here’s another 80s heartthrob star who managed to keeping looking good even as he’s gotten older. He’s best known for starring in the 1984 classic Footloose, where he entrances a town with the beauty of dancing.
He would later appear in classics such as Tremors, Apollo 13, and even modern box office hits such as Crazy, Stupid, Love. He’s been married to fellow well known actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988, giving their marriage an impressive 30 year run.
Cate Blanchett as Hela
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor gets introduced to someone who he never thought existed up until that point – his older sister Hela. However, she isn’t like any normal older sister – she’s the kind that you actually have nightmares about.
After being imprisoned for years, she sought to rule over Asgard – to much backlash from the locals. She responded by going on a killing spree and essentially beating the pulp out of Thor – until he found his stride and put her in her place.
Cate Blanchett in real life
There really aren’t that many actresses out there who can pull off a dark mythical supernatural queen better than Cate Blanchett.
We have much reference to draw from, given that she also played the role of Lady Galadriel in the Tolkien trilogy to great effect. The magical way she delivers her lines in that low, ominous tone of voice has always been outstanding, and she’s always a treat to see either on screen or off of it.
Jessica Chastain as Smith
Although Jessica Chastain’s Smith will be in the upcoming X-Men: The Dark Phoenix, we already have a pretty good idea what her main purpose is going to be. Chastain hinted in an interview that Smith would play a big part in Jean’s journey toward darkness.
She said that Smith is “way way smarter than we are,” and that she maliciously intends to use Jean as a way “to manipulate this world, to turn it against itself.”
Jessica Chastain in real life
Although everyone has their own taste in women, you’d be hard put to find a man who wouldn’t kill for a date with Jessica Chastain. It’s not just her radiant features – it’s everything about her.
Her confidence, her talent, her ability to take any role she’s given and transform it into something real and believable is something that all actors strive for. The lucky man who married her was Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, and don’t worry, we won’t ask you to pronounce his name.
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we discuss the finer points of Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the most polarizing characters was that of the nebulous Nebula, who spends a lot of her time seeking revenge against her sister, Gamora.
For those of you who saw Guardians II and Avengers: Infinity War, you’re aware that she eventually turns good, but in the first film she is a hardcore villain.
Karen Gillan in real life
Out of all the “transformations” from fiction to real life on this list, Karen Gillan’s is one of the most dramatic. This is, of course, because her fictional character is in large part a robot.
But it also doesn’t hurt that Gillan is drop dead gorgeous in real life, something that fans of her other roles have gotten to enjoy. These other roles include the likes of Amy Pond, the companion of the 11th doctor on Doctor Who, and Ruby Roundhouse from the new Jumanji film.