10 Things I Hate About You.”
The Devil’s Own” (1997) and “Wide Awake” (1998) and one lead role in “Wicked” (1998). For playing Kat in “10 Things,” she received the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance and the Chicago Critics awarded her with the Most Promising New Actress of the Year. “10 Things” was Heath Ledger’s first American film. He had been in a number of television shows and a few films back home in Australia before coming to the US to build his career even more. His performance in “10 Things” led to starring roles opposite Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” and Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball” the following year. Ledger’s career continued to build, leading to his Oscar nominated performance in 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” but as you probably remember, was sadly cut short in January 2008 before he was able to enjoy his greatest performance ever as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” (for which he won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor).
Inception,” portrays a wonderfully sweet match for Oleynik’s Bianca, right in the middle of his stint playing one of the aliens in the show “3rd Rock from the Sun.” The funny character actor Larry Miller plays Kat and Bianca’s hilariously over-protective father, a role he went on to play again in the television show “10 Things I Hate About You” 10 years later. You may recognize the nerdy Michael too – David Krumholtz from the show “Numb3rs” and from the first two “Santa Clause” films. And be sure to catch the always-fabulous Allison Janney as the school counselor (who secretly writes dirty romance novels while at work), Daryl Mitchell as the take-no-bull English teacher, and David Leisure as the girls athletics coach.
So go back to those high school days this week with the clever “10 Things I Hate About You.” If you really truly enjoy Shakespeare, you’ll love this modern retelling. Have a wonderful week, everyone!
(Post-tidbit: Julia Stiles originally auditioned for the role of Bianca before the casting directors hired her for Kat instead. And Heath Ledger beat out both Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for the role of Patrick.)