She's a good actress but she looks so haggard on "Prime Suspect". I guess it's because Americans expect perfection from their TV and movie stars?
Bello used to be more attractive and sexy.
The show also needs better scripts. They need to re-vamp the scripts from the original UK series, perhaps that will help.
I want to punch the husband on the shows ex-wife square in her face, talk about an annoying one note character.
I think she's very good on Prime Suspect and I like how she looks. But then again I'm not one of those who expects perfection.
Is she still fucking Ms. Hardtobegay?
Just watched her in "Prime Suspect". Was expecting the worst but, surprisingly, she and the program are pretty good.
I was afraid they'd try to clone Helen Mirren's Prime Susect but thankfully, they've hatched something different here but in a very watchable way.
I don't get her neck. The way her thin skin looks as if it's suffocating her swollen bones? It's disgusting. yeah, I know her neck bones aren't swollen. But they look really misshapen. Same like Megan Fox's.
I think OP nailed it.
Charles Nelson Reilly
I think she is gorgeous on Prime Suspect.
I find her to be an extremely good looking woman.
She has natural beauty. She does not need makeup nor does she need sexy or attractive clothing - she has natural good looks.
I also think she is a great actress on Prime Suspect. And she is fascinating to watch.
I think she has 'it' in a big way.
And by "it" r10 means melanoma.
R1, I don't think she looks haggard at all.
I think she has a natural beauteous luminosity, glow, and beautiful essence.
She does a great job on Prime Suspect.
I wanted to hate Prime Suspect, but I really like it.
Maria is fucking AMAZING in it, and I'm sure she'll snag a Golden Globe nomination for this performance.
I think she looks good in the show. She looks real!
As good as she is in it, Prime Suspect is still quite unremarkable on the whole.
I think the Op is right. She is a good looking woman and a great actress but Bello just doesn't have that special something that grabs your attention. R16 is right about the show. It's very well written but unremarkable which is a shame. It's more than likely going to get canceled.
Of course Maria Bello grabs one's attention.
How absurd and idiotic to say otherwise.
Not only she has "it" in spades, she has a personality that you rarely see in Hollywood actresses. I first saw her in Coyote Ugly and remember thinking "whoever that is, she's way to good for that piece of shit".
Oh calm down, R18. If Bello was any good at bringing in the viewers then her show wouldn't be suffering in the ratings department. Being a good actress doesn't always translate to ratings success.
I don't agree with OP's thread or disagree with it.
But there are plenty of working 'stars' out there that have zero charisma in my book.
If I made a list of 20 though I'm not sure Bello would be on it.
Keeanu Reeves doesn't have "it".
She's yellow. Where's the Yellow Skin Troll when you need him?
I actually think she's pretty striking to watch. Never been a big fan of hers, but I like her on Prime Suspect.
she's a lesbian. Maybe that's why she comes across as not having 'it'. 'It' being a kind of feminine, straight girl, sexiness. She is so obviously not straight.
Also, she's yellow.
Is she a lesbian r25?
she is fantastic in prime suspect. never liked her until now. she's very compelling on the show. and hot.
I have allways liked her acting,but she does manage to somehow allways look washed out and tired, the only movie where that worked in her favor was Downloading Nancy, but that was one of those films that I'll never watch again because it freaked me the fuck out
In "Prime Suspect," agreed.
In "History of Violence," couldn't disagree more. She was great.
I didn't expect to, because the promos all summer were so off-putting, but I'm enjoying Prime Suspect. Maria Bello has always been a really good actress. The thing that surprises me is seeing how little makeup she wears for this show and how horrible her complexion is.
I don't know if she's a lesbian, she may very well be one, but her sexual chemistry with Viggo Mortensen in "History of Violence" was palpable. If she is indeed a lesbian, that's even more of a proff that she's a very good actress.
Maria Bello looks like a rough older version of Abbie Cornish.
R25 is right. She is so obviously not straight.
I agree with R31. I have liked her in other work, but I don't like Prime Suspect and I don't like her in it.
I only saw the pilot for Prime Suspect. Is the silly fedora permanent?
Yes. Bello said in an interview it belonged to a friend and she thought it was perfect for her character.
That's when I knew she and Jane Tennyson were light years apart and it was never going to happen. That hat shows the quirkiness of Bello's Jane. The real Jane Tennyson didn't have a quirky cell in her body.
I don't buy her having a live-in boyfriend. Was production really halted?
Yes, R39, after 6 episodes. It's on the bubble to be dropped very shortly.
She has always looked haggard, like she's just coming down from a weekend binge.
R40 is a lying asshole. Prime Suspect is still in production. The network is fully behind it.
I thought she dated She Who Will Not Be Named all those years ago. I remember people posting stuff about that in the ages of datalounge past.
Prime Suspect is a very interesting series and she plays against normal police detective American bullshit type. They explored that whole sexy on the job, high heels and hair always in place while chasing a suspect down an alley female officer against her character last week.
Prime Suspect deserves a watch. Not the best writing but better than usual for network tv and Bello is exciting to watch if not titillating.
You tell them, r45.
She should give Ms. Hardlygay a lesson in how to REALLY play a cop.
Agree with you (R37); the hat is a stupid gimmick and makes the character less believable. (R39) you're right, the live-in boyfriend doesn't work for the character at all. Guess they want to make sure no one suspects the character of being a lesbian, after all; she is a cop.
[quote]you're right, the live-in boyfriend doesn't work for the character at all. Guess they want to make sure no one suspects the character of being a lesbian,
Even if they did make the character a lesbian by season 2 she would no longer be a lesbian anyway. So they just skipped the season 1 lesbian bit.
LOL! (R49). So true.
If "it" is "a black hole of charm, charisma, beauty, and talent," then I'd have to disagree with OP.
[quote]Maria Bello - Whatever "It" is, she doesn't have it.
This popped into my head out of the blue today and I laughed out loud.
I think with Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, and now this, people are tired of the "sassy" female investigator shows.
[quote]I think with Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, and now this, people are tired of the "sassy" female investigator shows.
Bingo. "Sassy" is the word. Can't any of these women just play their characters "straight" - no sugarcoating for the masses? It's like they're constantly winking to the audience: let's have some fun!
That stupid hat looks like something a Playboy model circa 1964 would wear for a "saucy" photo shoot.
I remember watching some of the Helen Mirren Prime Suspects and I remember Mirren's "Jane" was very real and raw.
I haven't seen much of the American version, are the stories the same as he original series?
You can watch Prime Suspect on NBC's web site (I am posting a link), R56. The stories are brand new and they all get solved in a flash. It's all super simple and full of jokey stuff. In other words, the US version has absolutely nothing in common with the UK version.
The sad truth is, the show is just dull. It's not awful but the kind of thing that makes you go "I've seen this same show many times but done in a more interesting way." In the end, as a procedural it's quite uninvolving and , on the other hand, her private life is just not portrayed as all that interesting. Yeah, she gets shit from her male colleagues but that wears thin pretty quickly.
That is too bad that it's not more like the UK version. Those were good.
Oh, that's you, R59. You just called me "a racist that lives in his mothers basement" in another thread. I feel like I need to go wash my hands now. Yuck.
EEEWWW r60 you are creeping me out. STOP IT!
I've only seen a couple of episodes and I thought she was good. I'm just not sure what is meant to set this show apart from all the other cop dramas.
So do we know if Bello and Carrie Anne Moss were a couple?
Loved Helen Mirren in the original Prime Suspect. Maria Bello trying to act like a man with the hat, trench coat and tough guy act are laughable. She's gotta tone it down.
The show's plot the other night was a ripoff of the original Prime Suspect. Why watch when you know how it's going to turn out. So frustrating. Same thing with Law and Order:UK.
i thought she was channeling stephanie zimbalist in remington steele with that hat- it's closet-lesbo-detective chic.
Anyone that doesn't like this show is a misogynist.
I watched the pilot and had to turn the volume up full blast to understand the mumbling/bad accents. The 2nd show was a little better. Heard the 3rd show was good haven't watched yet.
Stephanie Zimblist is gay right?
The first thing she should do is dump that stupid hat!
Yes, the hat must go. I'm the one that said it would be the downfall of the show.
Who's Stephanie Zimblist?
[quote]Who's Stephanie Zimblist?
Maria says the hat was given to her by a friend. She considers it a good luck symbol.
Whatever, the hat is a silly prop. Has to go. Would like to see her play the role as a real grown-up woman rather than a wise-ass teenage boy/baby dyke.
So who is her girlfriend?
I think NBC is showing Prime Suspect two or three times a week.
Sadly, it's not working. The ratings continue to go down, and last Thursday night was NBC's lowest rated night EVER!
The show will be gone in the next few weeks, but God knows what they'll put in it's place.
A test pattern, maybe?
Probably the only people who care enough to make a point of trying it are fans of the original. And they are disappointed
And what is up with that boyfriend? His speech is unintelligible & he looks like he's had bad face work done.
He creeps me out.
I'm sure we will get another law and order spinoff.
What do you know, she has her own (verified) Twitter page, and she LOVES the hat.
(She is not the best speller!)
[quote]And what is up with that boyfriend? His speech is unintelligible & he looks like he's had bad face work done. He creeps me out.
That's Kenny Johnson. He was on The Shield for the first six seasons and was hot to death, at least to me. He just has a really strong New England accent.
She may love the hat but it looks ridiculous on the show. Here's a pic from her twitter where she's wearing another hat. She looks better without them.
And she is totally not straight.
Oh, yes these are great photos R110, i like them better too and i haven't seen them before
Ty for posting them...
Bisexual woman here who finds Maria Bello super-sexy, with qualities that many American actresses are for some reason afraid to project on screen: intelligence, self-resourcefulness intermingled with vulnerability, a sensuality that is not solely directed at men.
Is 'The Yellow Handkerchief' a good film?
I have it in my possession now...
I remember "Coyote Ugly", she was really beautiful and hot on that. But she's not ageing the best.
R123 i disagree on that. IMDb is pretty reliable! By the way what made you think the other way???
They are way off a lot of times. IMDB is hardly reliable, R125. They give credits to actors, directors or whoever even if it's just a rumor.
Jacqueline Bisset is credited as starring in a new movie on IMDB and when she was asked she said it was an internet rumor that somebody started.
R126, that should not even considered as a mistake. Many times actors and actresses are approached to play a certain role for a certain movie but later things just turn out well. It's not IMDb's fault that.
Then they should edit their pages, R127.
And it's not just one or two mistakes. It's a constant thing on IMDB.
R128 you can't be for real! Actually, so far, IMDb is the most reliable source of information about actors and movies that there is out there. It's pretty consistent. I told you that it's not IMDb's fault if some stars finally decided not to play in a movie. All the other info about the actors and the movies they have played in are true!
[quote] Actually, so far, IMDb is the most reliable source of information about actors and movies
No, it's not. They only edit their pages after the readers point out the mistakes. The best thing is to just google an actress or actor and see what new projects they are in. IMDB sucks balls.
YOU ARE WRONG R130. IMDb is great. You look a gift horse in the mouth! You are unfair!
[quote]I think Bello is bisexual
We have a winner!
IMDB, like Wikipedia is edited by contributors. When it's a project that's in pre-production they only request a citation. That's where the reliability falls apart because bloggers report on actors being approached for projects as if it's a done deal. So people contribute based on rumors.
OP, you may not be around here anymore, but I LOVE your opening post.
So nobody cares that Maria came out as bi?
At least she's braver than most of the other actors we talk about on here.