2007: Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), Juno
As the witty and sarcastic Juno MacGuff, Ellen Page showed off her major acting chops. Life as a pregnant 16-year-old is no easy feat, but Juno’s courage and maturity through the entire ordeal makes her quite the heroine in our eyes.
2006: Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), Pan’s Labyrinth
Trapped in a fascist Spanish regime, Ivana Baquero’s Ofelia escapes oppression at the hands of a brutal stepfather by living through her imagination. She comes face to face with cruelty –at the hands of monsters, both human and fantastical– and death. For her valor in the face of danger and undying love for her mother, the young Ofelia is a heroine.
2005: Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), V for Vendetta
Natalie Portman shined as Evey, a freethinking freedom fighter who ends the murderous regime in a dystopian England… by blowing it up. “Badass” doesn’t even come close to defining this chick. Remember, remember the fifth of November, indeed.
2004: Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), Million Dollar Baby
Hilary Swank gave the performance of a lifetime as Maggie Fitzgerald, a passionate aspiring boxer. Though inexperienced, Maggie’s sheer dedication and unbreakable drive to achieve her dream are nothing short of magnificent.
2003: Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. “The Bride” (Uma Thurman), Kill Bill Part 1
When Beatrix Kiddo’s world comes crashing down around her at the hands of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, she swears revenge against the murderers who took the lives of her fiancé and friends. And with her kung fu moves, this ruthless gal serves her enemies some well-deserved bloody ends. One thing’s for certain: we never want to earn a spot on Uma Thurman’s bad side.
Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.