Wes Anderson has a serious way with women. His films, though padded with men—Jason Schwartzman, the Wilson brothers, and Bill Murray (who appears in all but one of Anderson’s movies)—always include at least one covetable part for a glamorous and delightfully off heroine.
The few actresses who've made the cut—Anjelica Huston (again, in almost every film), Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, (the voice of) Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kara Hayward, etc.—were directed into some of their most memorable (and oft-mimicked) performances, whether adult, child, human, or fox. Take Gwyneth’s turn as Margot Tenenbaum in all her angsty, melancholic, wooden finger, blunt side-parted bob, heavy khol eye, and perpetual cigarette-ed glory. She is the quintessential Anderson gal: beautiful, by no means normal, and shrouded in mystery. Alexa Chung even dedicated an entire page of her new book, It, to the character. She says Margot is “so damn cool and the look is timeless.”
So with Halloween just around the corner, and the release of the book The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz this week, allow us (and you, dear readers) to recall our favorite Anderson women.