3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amy Sohn's new novel, "The Actress" is a competently written and enjoyable read about actors in New York and Los Angeles and how the deals/friendships/blackmail get movies made. It is also the story of how those same things happen in the private lives of actors and studio workers and management. But most of all, it's the story of a "Tom Cruise"-like superstar and a "Katie Holmes"-like actress - minus the Scienctology - relationship and marriage.
I think we all know that what goes on in the motion picture industry is sometimes dirty and secretive. How do movies get made and how do actors, writers, directors, get attached to them? Amy Sohn gives us young, idealistic, and well-educated "indie" actress, Maddy Freed, who somehow catches the eye, and then the heart, of older, established, swoon-provoking actor Steven Weller. Is it a marriage made in heaven - or in the backrooms of management groups? Does Steven really love Maddy or is she a "purchase" made to enhance his somewhat questionable reputation? Amy Sohn answers these and other questions in her novel.
It would be easy to make Sohn's characters caricatures of already existing movie types. And to some extent, they are. By knowing the Cruise-Holmes story, the reader can already guess the plot. But Sohn is a good-enough writer to bring some humanity, some soul, some color to her characters. It's a good read for a day at the beach or a long airplane ride. You might not remember the book three weeks after you read it, but you might look at Hollywood and its players a bit differently.
on 5 May 2015
Well written but so flat and dull. I actually felt depressed after reading it. I didn't remotely warm to any of the characters or find them at all interesting. I read it because I love Amy Sohn's first two books, which have a vibrant, interesting voice and lots of humour. The last few are about horrible people I couldn't give a toss about!