Don’t Sleep on Emmy Rossum’s Bonkers Blonde Bombshell Masterpiece ‘Angelyne’

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Like a spaceship coming to Earth and shining a bright pink light on the world when we need it most, Angelyne has landed on Peacock two full years after the first teaser trailer explained that it was part of what was then still " soon to be streamed-to-be-launched streaming platform's first series of exclusive programs.
The five-episode limited series, in which Emmy Rossum plays the eponymous blonde Los Angeles billboard bombshell, is intentionally designed not to be a straight-forward biopic. Instead, it tells the story of Angelyne as a dark journey of fact and fiction that is as enigmatic and compelling as the woman herself.
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Long before the rise of celebrity — before Kim Kardashian showed up in Hollywood with Paris Hilton, and certainly before the first TikTok dance trend that Addison Rae uploaded — Angelyne was famous for being famous. She created a mystical aura in the city of angels. Her face appeared on billboards with her name in every high-traffic area of ​​the city, and she drove around in a pink Corvette all day, waving at traffic stops and signing autographs for anyone who asked.
She really seemed to have been pushed out of space. Suddenly an entire town was covered with the face of someone with no movie credits, no TV roles, no modeling deals, and no hit songs. It stayed that way for decades. Even those closest to her knew little about her life in front of the billboards until a 2017 Hollywood Reporter story revealed the truth behind Angelyne. But it did little to curb Angelyne's long-cherished sparkle. It is an enigma whose brilliance is so bright that it cannot be diminished by any reasonable deduction.
Angelyne, like her namesake, is anything you want her to be.
Where most biographical works attempt to illuminate their subjects and reveal their true nature, warts and all, Angelyne instead throws the rule book out the window and trades it for a copy of Angelyne's self-published Hot Pink! Magazine. It partially surrounds the Hollywood Reporter bit, but is ultimately guided by its own mythos. It's all led by an amazingly transformative performance by Emmy Rossum, who grabs everyone's attention, just like Angelyne did: with such passionate dedication to a character, you begin to wonder if she's playing a character at all.
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Though her career was long and her performances were well received by critics, Angelyne was still a gamble for Rossum. She left Showtime's Shameless in 2017 after nine seasons shortly after choosing the story for Angelyne, making the project her "complete and only" focus for the next four years.
She spent hours in the makeup chair, blistered by her breastplate, had tear duct problems from her contact lenses, and worked for months on the character's unique physicality and distinctive voice. But her dedication pays off in droves over the show's five episodes, as Rossum keeps transforming — sometimes just gradually, with an added prosthetic fold or two — and has played Angelyne from her teenage years in the late 1960s to the present day.
Rossum's Angelyne is charming but shy, bubbly but elusive, promiscuous but puritanical. Well, that is if you counted the art of teasing as promiscuity. Rossum's Angelyne wouldn't do it, she would simply claim it as part of her ingenious quest for power. "Seducing a man...is the most effective way a woman can control a man," Angelyne posits in a low whisper in one scene. "And once you control them, you take back the power. And that's what I did with that first billboard: I seduced an entire city and took power back to myself.”
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