There are just some actors who have the ability to star in everything. This is a brand new monthly feature, which stemmed from my article “The Many Faces of Mark Pellegrino.” This series will focus on those talented entertainers that have a knack for appearing all over the small screen. This month I feature the extremely talented Amy Acker.
Every time I turned around - bam - there’s Acker! She’s played nice, she’s played sweet, she’s played mean and she’s played downright crazy evil. No matter the role, Acker is adored and praised for her characters. Here is only some of her work and the many faces that are Amy Acker. Warning: some spoilers are ahead.
1. Winifred “Fred” Burkle/Illyria on “Angel”
She originally appeared as Winifred “Fred” Burkle in the popular Joss Whedon supernatural hit series “Angel.” After Fred died, her body was overtaken by an ancient demon named Illyria.Once Fred was reincarnated, Illyria released scorn and fury like any typical demon. After struggling to find her place in the world, Illyria, eventually, joined Team Angel in their fight. This role really put Acker on the map, and ever since then she has been making a name for herself.
2. Andrea on “Supernatural”
In 2005, Acker went back to her supernatural roots by starring alongside Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in The CW’s “Supernatural.” This time around she didn’t play a supernatural being, but rather a mother protecting her child from an evil creature lurking in the town’s water. She even had a little somethin’ somethin’ going on with Dean Winchester. Who wouldn’t?
3. Kelly Peyton on “Alias”
She is so good at being bad. In the final season of “Alias,” Acker portrayed Kelly Peyton, who worked for the Prophet Five organization - aka the bad guys. She was good at killing, lying and double crossing anyone to get her way. If that doesn’t say enough, she even allied herself with Arvin Sloane and Julian Sark. Yes, two of the top antagonists throughout the entire series of “Alias.”
4. Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey on “Dollhouse”
Joss Whedon fans probably can’t get enough of Acker, especially since she’s starred in two of his shows. This time around it was “Dollhouse,” starring Eliza Dushku. Off and on, for 14 episodes, she portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders and Whiskey. Throughout the short-lived series, one of her most memorable traits were the permanent scars scratched across face.
5. Trish Arkin on “The Good Wife”
She might have only starred in one episode of the CBS drama “The Good Wife,” but Acker definitely made her mark - as always. In the Season 1 finale, she played an important part as a client for Alicia’s firm. Let’s just say she wasn’t as innocent as presumed. In this particular episode, Acker’s husband, James Carpinello, also starred, as he did many times previously. He played Kalinda’s cop friend/lover, Detective Anthony Burton.
6. Rachel Conroy on “Happy Town”
In 2010, Acker played Rachel Conroy in ABC’s mystery “Happy Town” about a Minnesota town dealing with child kidnappings. As Rachel, Acker played a smart and beautiful woman, who eventually ends up abducted. She also had the tough job of playing Geoff Stults’ wife in the series. Unfortunately, for viewers, the show only lasted for six episodes.
7. Amanda Grayson on “No Ordinary Family”
In the ABC series about a family with special superhero powers, Acker played lawyer Amanda Grayson. In two “No Ordinary Family” episodes, Acker did manage to go through some adrenaline rushing moments aka getting shot and developing an attraction for A.D.A. George St. Cloud.
8. Lena Marcenko on “Grimm”
Acker just can’t get away from supernatural thrillers. In 2012, she played Lena Marcenko in NBC’s “Grimm.” At first she came off as this sweet, sexy lady, but soon enough she showed her true form as a Spinnetod aka a spider-like creature. This was her Wesen form, which had to feed off of three young men, every five years, to stay young. Isn't her Wesen form scary?
9. Nova/Astrid on “Once Upon a Time”
“Dollhouse” wasn’t the only time Acker played two characters at once. In ABC’s hit series “Once Upon a Time,” she did it again and this time as fairy Nova and nun Astrid. For those who watch the show, they’ll understand that she is Astrid in Storybrooke, and she is Nova in the Enchanted Forest. Not only did Acker steal hearts as the pretty fairy, but her character also stole dwarf Grumpy’s heart.
10. Root on “Person of Interest”
Most recently, Acker won fans hearts as Root on the hit drama “Person of Interest.” As Root, she plays a mentally deranged - yet very intelligent - woman and hacker who wants to set The Machine free. Her relationship with Michael Emerson’s character is a unique one, and one that keeps audiences intrigued. Are you excited to see what Root does next?
Which Amy Acker role is your favorite?
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