What the Hell Happened to Leelee Sobieski?

Leelee Sobieski

Leelee Sobieski

For a brief time in the late 1990’s, Leelee Sobieski was going to be The Next Big Thing.  She looked so much like a young Helen Hunt, that many people thought they were related.  At the time, Hunt was a big star.  So by the transitive property, it stood to reason that Sobieski would go one to similar levels of success.  Up through about 2001, everything seemed to be lining up for Sobieski.  But before you could say The Wicker Man, it was over.  Sobieski seemed to disappear.

What the hell happened?

Sobieski’s real name is Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski which is at least two names too many.  Clearly Rudabet and Elsveta had to go.  Whoever came up with the idea of shortening that mouthful down to “Leelee” is some kind of genius.  I named this site “Lebeau’s Le Blog” for no other reason than I liked the repetition of the “le” sounds.  I have to think the same reasoning was applied here.  It’s just so much fun to say.  “Leelee Sobieski”.  You can’t say that and not smile a little.

Sobieski has a very unusual and potentially royal heritage which she discussed with Craig Ferguson in 2005:

As a child, Sobieski was spotted by a talent agent in a cafeteria at a private school in New York.  Because apparently private schools in New York allow talent agents to troll their cafeterias.  I can’t be the only one who finds that mildly creepy.  No doubt the talent agent thought he was watching Helen Hunt’s niece as she ate her fish sticks.  Soon, she was in the running for Kirsten Dunst’s role in Interview With the Vampire.

I was in my school cafeteria in New York and a casting director asked me to meet with one of her assistants. It turns out she was casting Interview With the Vampire, but I went in only for a general purpose meeting. The irony is that I constantly think how I would love to be a vampire–not for the blood-sucking part, but for the essence, the coolness, the magical quality. Anyway, I read some lines and I was just awful. I thought acting was making a lot of expressions.

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Leelee Sobieski – Reunion – 1994

In 1994, Sobieski made her acting debut in the TV movie, Reunion.  Marlo Thomas starred as a mother who loses her child.  After dealing with the loss, her child returns.  Tears are shed.  Lessons are learned.  And based on the picture above, wings and halos are donned.

More importantly, viewing audiences everywhere learned how much fun it is to say “Leelee Sobieski”.

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Leelee Sobieski – A Horse For Danny – 1995

In 1995, Sobieski starred opposite Robert Urich in the TV movie, A Horse For Danny.

Sobieski played a precocious 11-year-old who hangs out at the race track with her uncle played by Urich.  As this is a TV movie, Danny knows more about racing than any of the adults around her including her uncle who trains horses for a living.  Danny decides to help her uncle by picking out a prize horse for him to train.

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Leelee Sobieski – Charlie Grace – 1995-1996

In 1995 and 1996, Sobieski was doing the child actor thing on TV shows.  She had guest spots on Grace Under Fire and News Radio.  She also had a regular gig playing Mark Harmon’s daughter on the crime drama, Charlie Grace.  Harmon played a cop who was kicked off the force for busting fellow cops.  He becomes a single dad and a private investigator.  9 episodes were filmed.  Only 6 aired before the show was cancelled.  Here’s a taste:

Next: Jungle to Jungle and Deep Impact


Posted on February 2, 2014, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 103 Comments.

  1. In some ways, she kinda fell victim to the fact that the star system was coming to an end as she broke through. She lost most of the good roles to Portman, Katie Holmes and others.

    Speaking of The Wicker Man, I think Neil Labute (and John Singleton) would be a good subject for a betrayed by column. Both go from making edgy stuff to making commercial pablum.


    • The Wicker Man was a WTHH moment for all involved. Labute has to be held primarily accountable. Poor Leelee was just caught in the crossfire.


      • 12 Ridiculously Sexist Movie Scenes That Prove Hollywood Hates Women:

        Any Scene Where Nicolas Cage Assaults A Woman – The Wicker Man

        The Scenes: While investigating the disappearance of a young girl, cop Edward Malus (Cage) seemingly can’t stop himself from attacking women. The most notable instances include punching Diane Delano’s character in the face completely unnecessarily, kicking Leelee Sobieski’s character into a wall (after she admittedly attacked him), and running around in a bear suit, at which point he then punches another woman.
        Why It’s Sexist: A lot of critics believe that director Neil LaBute has a problem with women on the basis of his 1997 classic In the Company of Men, but his needless remake of Robin Hardy’s 1973 masterpiece makes a far more convincing argument.
        LaBute needlessly sets the stage for a ton of gratuitous female abuse, while the original did just fine without any of it. Yes, the image of Cage smacking a woman down in a bear costume is also perversely amusing, but that the film is so flippant about knocking women around is pretty disturbing in its own right.


  2. You make it sound like a 30 year old girl is washed up. I would not be too surprised to see her shine in some future role/s. Conversely, she may choose to devote her time to her marriage. Who knows, but she appears to be a very articulate, intelligent young woman.

    She should be proud of what she has accomplished.

    Great review.

    Brad Deal


    • Mr. Deal: Just my interpretation: I don’t think LeB is necessarily calling Ms. LLS “washed-up.” This IS, after all, WTHHT — wherein the Collective We look at actors whose careers at one time seemed swell and then, for assorted reasons, not so swell. Going from being promising/up-and-coming actress to appearing in garbage such as “88 Minutes” and anything directed by U. Boll Weevil is NOT a good sign for ANYONE.

      LLS can still bounce back, no doubt about it — but another shot at the brass-ring of A-List Stardom? If Hollyweird isn’t going to give the time of day to Mike Myers or Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, it certainly isn’t going to do that for Ms. Oohwee LeeLee. [sorry, couldn’t resist]


        • And by “Hollyweird” I refer to the producers and studio big cheeses that “determine” who gets considered for roles and who does not. I don’t know if there is a “blacklist” in Hollywood (not a LITERAL one) like some stores that sell/trade used CDs/records do (months ago there was a sadly funny article on the InterWeb about a store in Chicago and their “list” of artists’ CDs that are NOT to be bought/traded for resale by store employees) but I wouldn’t be at all surprised. (I’m sure “word has gotten ’round” that dealing with Myers, Heigl, and/or Kilmer is more trouble than each/any is worth.)

          Music and movies are alike in that this year’s Hot/Big-selling Artist is often next year’s Has-Been. Remember Liz Phair and Joan Osborne? YES, they still have careers but when was the last time a new (as in recorded in the past 2 or 3 years) song by either got played on any mainstream radio station? John Lydon is known more for being John Lydon than for anything musical he’s done in the past 10 years….and so on.


        • Exactly. One thing I have learned writing this series is that no one ever disappears unless they want to. If you were a celebrity to any extent, someone will hire you to act in something. You will have the choice of whether or not to work. So no one is ever really “washed up” in that sense.

          What does happen is that artists become irrelevant. They may still have a small group of fans that follows them. Sobieski has a very devoted website which tracks her every move. But to most people, she’s that girl who looked like Helen Hunt. What the hell happened to that girl?


    • That was not my intent at all. In fact, I went out of my way to point out that Sobieski is still a working actress. And that’s something a lot of people work for and never attain.

      It’s one of the central conceits of the WTHH series. Everyone in this series has been outrageously successful. Off the charts. Beyond any reasonable expectation. Most of them, even at the lowest part of their careers, are still getting work that most actors would kill for. Those direct-to-video movies I joke about are only embarrassing from the POV of an A-list actor. Your average actor would love a chance to appear in a Uwe Boll movie.

      I try to acknowledge that in every article. It’s important to keep things in perspective. But it’s also not much fun. The series is more entertaining when I can be snarky about how far the mighty have fallen. I do so with a wink and a nod that this is a pretty unrealistic POV.


      • If it seems like I am trying to defend her it may be unconscious. She reminds me of my daughters. They work hard for their achievements and deserve their accolades. It would be different if she were some train wreck like Lindsay Lohan. Five pages of critique and two sentences of redemption provoked my parental defense mechanism. Can’t help it.

        One a side note, after reading these articles, it appears that most actors careers are filled with mostly stinkers, rather successful movies. If so, than how does the industry stay afloat?

        Brad Deal


        • Does it really come across as “five pages of critique and two sentences of redemption”? If so, that is not my intent. I try to cover the highs and the lows. The lows may get weighted more heavily than they should because they tend to be funnier. But nothing is meant to be mean-spirited. Just having some mild fun at the expense of someone who should be able to take it. There are far harsher critiques of all my subjects elsewhere on the internet.

          Having said that, your response is valid. I am commonly critiqued for perpetuating some unrealistic idea that actors are supposed to be A-list movie stars indefinitely. I don’t actually feel that way at all. But pointing out the reality that any actor is lucky just to be working isn’t as much fun as talking about Kevin Smith stealing donuts.

          How does the industry stay afloat? Well, even the stinkers usually break even eventually thanks to other markets like video, etc. Studios want to hit home runs all the time. But even a lot of movies that are considered to be failures actually turn a profit at the end of the day – creative accounting aside. (According to Paramount, Coming to America never turned a profit!)

          Then you have indie films which are financed outside the studios. When they flop, it’s the financier who takes a bath.

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        • Don’t over react. I am a casual observer who likes movies and am interested in the mechanics of their production and the participants. My response is based mostly on my emotions. I found nothing mean spirited in your article and found it to be exactly as you intended. Fun and informative. If I had the time I am sure I could critique your take on Leelee and slant it one way or another. But my critique would be fake and contrived. Everything I read about Leelee indicates she is a good person. But in the end, you do make sound like her career is over. After all, it is the premise of, “What the Hell Happened to…”

          If I do have a bias it would have to be the unintended consequences for an industry that affects so many people. Poor behavior is tolerated and even promoted. The leaders in the entertainment industry are the role models for our children. It is a shame that good behavior is ignored and poor behavior is promoted. Who are your role models? Tom Selleck, Carol Burnett are a good start for me…

          Brad Deal


        • Role models? Really, no one in entertainment. My role models for behavior are people I know personally. I don’t put much thought into the actual personalities of famous people. It takes a certain kind of person to survive the Hollywood ratrace. As you say, the biz rewards bad behavior. Good people are frequently eaten alive. Which isn’t to say that all successful actors are bad people. It’s just that it doesn’t much matter to me since I’m never going to spent time with these people. I like to think that all the people who do work I like are also sweethearts in person. But if they aren’t, what do I care? the assholes usually make for better articles. 😉


        • “But pointing out the reality that any actor is lucky just to be working isn’t as much fun as talking about Kevin Smith stealing donuts.” Great writing!


  3. Why is Leelee Sobieski taking minor roles on The Good Wife?


    Sobieski had some flops (Wicker Man, The Glass House, 88 Minutes), and she grew out of the jailbait appeal she had going for a while. Basically, she had some buzz for a bit, but it didn’t translate to Box Office numbers, and that’s what really counts.


    She was the latest It Girl back in 1999-2000 with the Joan of Arc miniseries, Joy Ride, My First Mister and Eyes Wide Shut. Then she was in a bunch of movies that did pretty terribly and she stopped being an It Girl, but still recognized by a lot of people.

    But if you look at her IMDB page you can see that she never stopped working regularly. She just stopped being in big movies.


    Pretty much every designated “It Girl” drops off a cliff shortly after her ascending celebrity is announced. (See Gretchen Mol, Terri Polo, Ashley Judd, and Charlize Theron as examples thereof). This isn’t necessarily backlash; a lot of actors and actresses, upon being “discovered”, seem to decide that they don’t really like the trappings of celebrity and all the garbage that goes with it (promotional tours, award ceremonies, paparazzi mobbings, et cetera) and use their new-found celebrity to secure smaller and less showy but artistically satisfying roles that provide a reliable, steady income without the headaches of starring roles. And many hop back and forth between big staring roles and small art-house pictures (Naomi Watts comes to mind as an example) allowing them to pick and choose good roles while maintaining a reasonably high profile. There are some damned fine actors on the fringes of movies who have great talent and little or no arrogance about their craft; they’re just on-set to work like everyone else.


    And I don’t know if I’d say that Leelee Sobieski fell off a cliff, but she picked a lot of stinkers after her breakout roles. Even now, when she shows up in a big movie (like Pacino’s 88 Minutes or Nic Cage’s Wicker Man), they’re pretty hated. So even though she never stopped working, she never had a chance to stay an It Girl with her resume.


    It’s difficult to remember more than a few of her movies, but even tougher to recall any scandals, stars she dated or details about her personal life. She didn’t play the game. She had a kid with her partner instead of getting drunk and flashing her bits. Gossip column exposure may be less important as she ages, if she continue to has a career, but is pretty crucial for an actress in her early 20s.


    There was a thread two years ago on the subject of promising actresses whose careers never took off. It seems now Leelee Sobieski would be a perfect example of one of those.

    Sobieski’s problem was the same as other actors and actresses in her position: she never got the part that would’ve taken her fame to the next level (e.g., female lead in a high-grossing blockbuster and/or an Oscar-nominated role). You have a limited time to get one of these and, right now, it looks as though Sobieski’s window of opportunity is closing.

    You could argue this was due to Sobieski’s lack of talent (even though from what I’ve seen her in, she seemed at least fairly competent) but luck is an even bigger factor. When an actor or actress signs on for a role, they do so without being 100% sure the project will click or not. Remember Goldman’s Rule: NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING. In her case, 88 Minutes and the remake of The Wicker Man might’ve actually looked good going in.


    • Charts & Graphs: The top 10 movies from the weekend of September 14, 2001:

      I feel like she was going to be a big thing; then she turned out to be not a very good actress, or at least movie star. I guess I always just associate her with 88 Minutes and Never Been Kissed. Of course the latter, which I hate with the fire of a thousand suns, just makes me think of “The Pretty Ugly Girl” trope from Not Another Teen Movie and how Ally Sheedy played it so much better in The Breakfast Club and how the prom scene with Leelee dressed as some kind of sex atomic structure was so awkward I wanted to puke. Maybe it’s unfair, but her image just gives me a Pavlovian awkward cringe.


    • Convince us that your most disliked movie us the worst film ever made.

      In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale might be Uwe Boll’s worst film, even though it was his first with a budget and actual name actors. That distinction alone might get it close to winning this thread.

      From my review here, upon first seeing it:

      Originally Posted by OneCentStamp
      OK, I’m returning to report, having seen this film in the theater.

      First off, it’s bad. It’s weapons-grade, enriched bad. It’s bad on rye with a side of cole slaw. It’s not as bad as the Courtney Solomon-directed Dungeons and Dragons abortion, but it’s close. It’s definitely one of the ten worst films I’ve ever seen in the theater, and it might be in the top (bottom?) three.

      The casting was horrible. Statham, as always, was right at home and very convincing in the action sequences, but he was mediocre at best as a fantasy-world tough guy. Granted, he didn’t have much to work with as a Braveheart-style “farmer who doesn’t want to go to war, even though he’s the toughest guy around, but now you’ve made him REALLY mad” character.

      While Burt Reynolds may have seemed the most laughable casting choice in the film, he was actually not too cringe-inducing. He just sort of played it reserved and low-key, and it wasn’t too distracting.

      Ray Liotta, on the other hand, was atrocious. He chewed the scenery up and down, much like Jeremy Irons in D&D (in virtually the same role), but underneath it all his Jersey wiseguy accent kept poking out. It stuck out badly, kind of like Samuel L. Jackson in the Star Wars prequels.

      Just as horrible was Leelee Sobieski, who delivered one of her trademark non-acting acting performances. No emotion whatsoever. Seriously. No inflection. No expression. It’s like watching a bored high school sophomore reading a script aloud for English class. (How does she keep getting roles?)

      However, the worst acting in the film, and that’s saying a lot, comes from Matthew Lillard. I don’t know what he was going for with this role. It’s basically him acting loony and unhinged, like in the climactic scene in Scream, only for two hours straight. He isn’t funny, he isn’t menacing…he just falls flat.

      The movie tries to be epic in scale, like Lord of the Rings, and fails utterly. Even during the Great Big Battle, it looks as if there are fewer than 1000 people fighting. There are no sets or cityscapes to lend scope to the production, and so it ends up feeling as if Burt Reynolds is king of a rather small town, instead of a mighty kingdom.

      A couple of laugh-out-loud moments (literally – the theater was busting up)
      – In the Great Big Battle, Statham gets from one side of the battlefield to the other by running on top of people’s heads.
      – Also in the aforementioned GBB, the bad guys, some humanoids called Krugs who want to be orcs but look like bad guys from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, are using catapults to launch flaming boulders at the good guys. Apparently running out of boulders, they start lighting their own dudes on fire and launching them. And the projectile-Krugs light up instantly, as if they were soaked in oil for just such an occasion. This one got big laughs.
      – The movie’s emotional climax occurs when
      SPOILER: Show
      It was meant to be an emotional moment, and the theater was dead silent for a split second before erupting into general hilarity.

      To sum up, I’d seriously give the movie about a 1.5 on a scale from one to ten. I was in danger of dozing off several times, and I found myself laughing at all the wrong moments. Really, really horrible.


  4. Whatever happened to Leelee Sobieski’s career?

    I like to think I’m a relatively astute entertainment junkie. I try and pay attention to “the haps” in the showbiz world. (After all, that’s what they pay me for.)

    So how did I miss Leelee Sobieski’s career downward spiral to second billing in an Uwe Boll flick? That’s right, she’s in this weekend’s In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (pictured), which will — if it follows suit with every other Boll movie — be on the short list for worst film of the year.

    There was a time when she held promise, when she was working with directors like Stanley Kubrick (in Eyes Wide Shut) and James Ivory (in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries) and sharing the screen with actors like Catherine Deneuve, Peter O’Toole, and Donald Sutherland. Hell, she was in the good Joan of Arc project (okay, her TV miniseries wasn’t great, but it was better than The Messenger).

    What happened? Who knows. She’s a pretty girl, for sure, and she’s got talent, even though that’s not necessarily a requirement. Her choices weren’t any worse than anyone else’s — who knew that a Neil LaBute movie could end up as bad as The Wicker Man did? A few smaller movies went straight to DVD, others never got the indie bump they were hoping for.

    You’d never think this could be a problem in Hollywood, but maybethere were just one too many slightly frosty-looking blondes roaming around, with Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, even Claire Danes all faring better.

    What do you think? Why wasn’t she a bigger star… and how did her career come to crappy sword-and-sorcery flicks?


    • Ya know what, Mr. TC? You bring up some darn good points…my 2 cents: Sometimes it just comes down to LUCK. Kath Heigl was a C-list actress at best (with lots of experience) but she got onto a hit show (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and a hit movie (“Knocked Up”) and was an IT GIRL until she released her Inner B8tch and starred in bombs….now it’s back to TV for her. If one or more of Ms. Leelee’s more “visible” movies had been a HIT, it might be different for her…but then, if the queen had balls she’d be the king. But as you so aptly put it, Hollyweird’s got a couple of spunky/frosty blonds in Stiles and Danes and may not need any more…for now.

      As for those crappy sword+sorcery flicks: It’s either s+s, silly rom-coms, or generic erotic/action “thrillers” (“Color of Night Part 4: The Hoosegow of Love”).


  5. Great entry.

    I´m 45 and I completely fell in love with Lelee after seeing Joy Ride and Glass House.

    Because of her, I punished myself watching In a Dark Place from star to finish. What an awful piece of s***!

    To make that crap worse, someone told me the brief nude scene was not done by Lelee, but for a body double.


    • I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      When I start searching for images to use, I find out pretty quickly who has done nudity and in which films. Because if there is even an instant of nudity in a movie, it will show up all over the image search. From my image searches, it became pretty obvious that Sobieski doesn’t do nude scenes. Which I say, good for her. She probably could have goosed her career with a little provocation. But she took the high road – albeit one that involves making comedies about porn and dominatrices without nudity. She’s also done quite a bit of modeling without falling into the whole Maxim thing.

      Still, a guy who sits through In A Dark Place should get something for his effort!


      • re: But she took the high road – albeit one that involves making comedies about porn and dominatrices without nudity.

        INTERESTING turn of phrase [I’m being playfully sarcastic] about the “high road” — she’ll appear in CRAP MOVIES and doesn’t mind viewers THINKING that’s she’s actually nude, but “employing” a body-double for the actual nudity! Heaven forbid she does STAGE WORK (you know, Albee, Shakespeare, that kinda stuff) that requires ACTING and NO NUDITY at all, right?

        It’s like when some actresses — koff koff koff — portray strippers “at work” but never show any, uh, skin. I was thinking of taking a role as a NASCAR driver in “Taladega Nights 3: The Quickening” but INSISTING the producers employ a “driver double” as I refuse to get behind the wheel of an auto that’ll leave a carbon footprint.


        • Yeah, I thought about my use of “high road”. I mean, Finding Bliss is certainly not the high road creatively.


        • What I was trying to get at is that she made a stand and she stuck to it when she probably could have benefited from caving. Right call/wrong call? Not for me to say. But I give her some credit for sticking to her principles. Not a lot, but some.


  6. PS: For some reason my insertion of “Jessica Alba” did not “take” above…I mean koff Jessica…etc.


  7. Danielle Charney

    I am going to get jumped on for damn sure- but I have found her to be a total bore- and all the attention to her to be from her provenance – we were all told how great she was etc- I am not a Helen Hunt fan either and actually cannot stand looking at either one of their faces- to me they are both in the Lucky Hall of Fame- along with so many others-
    the only films I’ve even liked Hunt in were ones where she was playing against real talent that made her look great- other than that- she is better than a sleeping pill – there are so many fine actresses now- of that ‘frosty blond’ type with real talent and pliable flow- the ones mentioned above -and Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett, etc- I think old Lee Lee got a free pass and walked away of her own choosing- I miss Debra Winger–


  8. Oh happy days. . .! 🙂 I realize that it’s completely inane to be commenting on an article that I have not yet read, but I could barely contain my excitement over your “return”, LeBeau. 🙂 While David does a fine job on his articles, his write ups are void of the humor and wit you seamlessly and expertly interject into your WTHH articles, which I’ve missed and, really, have made WTHH what it is. I hope you’ll still be making VERY regular contributions to WTHH, Toto shout outs and all. 🙂


    • Lol I’d like to think they aren’t void of humor, I just have a different sort of understated approach to things. I’m still working out the kinks of injecting humor with the endless amount of information. Apparently I still have a lot to learn


      • Oh David, please don’t take offense! I worried while commenting that you might misinterpret my fondness of LeaBeau’s style of writing for a dislike of yours but please don’t. My partiality for LeBeau’s way of weaving a story into his postsis in no way a reflection of YOUR way of writing. Like you said, you just have a different approach to things, which certainly doesn’t mean BAD unlikeable or boring. Not at all. So, please don’t take my comment personally, okay? 🙂


        • It’s ok, I don’t take offense that easy. I have my own style, and I’m pretty new at this. It’ll flow better once I get some experience. At this point I’m mostly just trying to replicate the style and format and put my own love of pointless knowledge in it. But my humor is a very dry irony, it’s just my style. And you know, diff’rent strokes etc.


      • David, buddy, you’re doing great. I think you’re hysterical. And frankly, your articles have more substance than mine. The differences are a good thing. That’s part of the appeal of bringing on new voices. Also, you’re take has me thinking about new things for my own stuff. You’re bringing a lot of energy to the site and I for one am very psyched about it.


    • Not to worry, Liz. I’m not going anywhere. For better or worse, you guys are stuck with me.

      Thing is, there are more WTHH candidates than I could ever write up by myself. At best, I can do around 2 dozen a year. And I probably average less than that. These articles take a loooong time to research and write. Especially if I decide to tackle a longer career. Those article can take a few weeks. Maybe even months.

      So I have brought in some other guys. They aren’t meant to replace me. They are providing additional material. Plus, I think, fresh perspectives. I personally love what David’s been doing. And Jeffthewildman is working on taking WTHH in a completely new direction (hehe – clue) as we speak.

      I’m actually really excited about the future of the site and the WTHH series. I think we’re taking things to the next level. Not everyone is going to love everything equally. But there will be something for everyone to love.

      And me, I love Toto.


  9. Hey LeBeau, another great article! One thing though – I’m sorry if someone already pointed this out – halfway through the Deep Impact part, you say Elijah Wood played Tea Leoni’s son. That is incorrect. Leoni’s character had no children. In fact, their characters had absolutely nothing to do with each other, if I remember correctly…

    Another thing, completely off-topic, since the new lay-out of the site, it’s not fit for proper mobile viewing anymore, which really sucks because I always read your blog on my phone…
    It’d be great if this could be fixed, thanks!


  10. The first time I saw Leelee in a movie was JOAN OF ARC. I didn’t intend to watch it, but as soon as she came on I couldn’t turn it off. The next time I watched a movie of Leelee’s was 13 yrs later in JOYRIDE. I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t in more movies or had more star power! So I did some research, mostly reading her interviews, movie reviews, watching some of her movies and doing searches on the net putting her name with negative references, but I couldn’t find anything that she had done that made her “PERSONNA NON GRATA” She even made a special arrangement with Brown Univ., to take off for auditions or to do movies, the movies and tv she did between 2001 and 2006 her time at Brown Univ. She could have made any mainstream movies. Also there seems to be a weird theory that Leelee writes her own scripts, directs them then edits them. Her mother is still her agent and I believe that since her mom and dad got a divorce in 2001, her primary motivation for doing those dogs was to keep herself and her mom employed, and to pay for her and her brother’s college education. No she isn’t Saint Joan , but I think she outshines most of the hollywierd DO DAHS. When I was doing that research I began to realize that she is a very idiosyncratic thinker, and a friend asked me what that meant, and I couldn’t answer that question! So I did a search for a definition for IDIOSYNCRATIC. After about an hour or so I came across the big A word. You know the one that describes the ranting, raving, crying child we hear and see at the store or other public places, that won/t stop as the parent sheepishly takes them to the car. Well there it was starring me down with her ” Stone Cold Stare” ,her interviews chock full of nearly all of the symptoms, a career started on a whim, that took off with two movies her first time out. So I thought why would they hire an unknown 11 yr. old..Unless she could memorize her lines and maybe the entire script. I know she is too cute too pretty!


    • Thanks for your very insightful comments. I generally avoid getting too far into my subjects’ personal lives. I try to avoid it unless it spills out into the public. But it is unavoidable that things like school and family play a role in shaping an actor’s career. Those things were certainly a factor here.


  11. She could always play the lead in a Helen Hunt biography!


    • But would anyone want to see such a movie? She’s probably better off making movies that tease the audience with the possibility that she’s doing something dirty (S&M, porn) when really, she’s not.


    • Blink And You Miss ‘Em: Celebs Who Were Famous For, Like, Five Minutes:

      In the late-90s, Leelee Sobieski was a much-feted teen actress (because she was damned talented, not because she was a dead ringer for Helen Hunt). She burst on the scene in Deep Impact, mesmerized us in Eyes Wide Shut, and won a Golden Globe nomination for the TV movie, Joan of Arc. But she hasn’t made any noteworthy films since her millennium-era reign — instead she’s become a bit of a fashion icon, posing front row at couture shows, and swanning down Met Ball red carpets.


  12. The YouTiue clip of Les Liaisons in German (dubbed), not French. Can people really not tell the difference between French and German?


  13. Never Been Kissed 15th Anniversary – topic deleted?

    Post by Milkman Norm on 5 hours ago
    Is Leelee Sobieski still around? Has she done anything in a decade?


  14. Let’s bid Leelee a happy 31st today!!!!


  15. I think when you have baby most of times Hollywood doesn’t want you anymore.
    Unless they can make it into the second coming for media spread.
    For me I don’t think most people in hollywood should have children most suffer.
    there exceptions though.
    With Neve, some things I never knew about but in reading
    she like Kate Hiegel watching in early careers and later on.
    And Lee Lee had this presence I don’t be here.
    Attitude. This sends out vibes to supposely fans why I don care about
    her anymore. Neve might as well stay cold england I don’t anybody will
    miss her. Lee Lee? does she care about acting?


  16. “Deep Impact was one of two movies released that year about comets destroying the earth. Tea Leoni played a brilliant scientist chosen to carry on the human race should civilization be destroyed. Elijah Wood played the son of another scientist who would be spared. Sobieski played Wood’s girlfriend who was not selected to survive. Someone really needs to review the selection process. Do we really want humanity to be carried on by hobbits?”

    Actually, I was thinking someone really needs to watch the movie before talking about it. Tea Leoni played a news journalist who discovered the secret of the impending doom. Elijah Wood played a student who accidentally discovered the comet. His father was not a scientist. Sobieski did play Wood’s girlfriend, but she was to be allowed to survive but she opted not to get on the bus because her parents weren’t able.

    I know that in 2009 she had a child. I am wondering if more then anything she decided to back off to raise her child as it wasn’t too long after that that she vanished. Some actors and actresses do that kind of thing.


    • You’re right. I got Leoni’s character’s job wrong. I have seen the movie, but not since it was in theaters. I was relying on Wikipedia to refresh my memory on plot details. Thanks for the correction.

      As for raising a family, I’m sure that impacted her career. But by then, Sobieski’s once white-hot career had cooled to the point where “What the hell happened” was a valid question. She dropped from relevance long before she started raising a family. If anything, she made headlines when she had children that raised people’s awareness of her.


  17. That’s Craig Ferguson, not Craig Kilborn.


  18. ok, too many pictures and old info — why didn’t you answer “what the hell happened to her’?? I like her so much more than Jennifer Lawrence – ick!! Can you even really answer? or was this all just fluff?


    • I suspect that you may not have read the entire article. It is broken into 9 parts. Click on the box with the “9” in it at the bottom of the text next to the word “pages” and you can read the end of the article if that is what you are most interested in. That is where Lebeau suggests the reasons for the subject’s cooled career.


      • I read all of the parts – a waste of time – i didn’t care to see all of that -when I went through all of the pics with all of their info – I didn’t care about that — I just wanted a good, quick update of what happened. I still do not know — the last thing I saw was another story about another person – no end to LeeLee’s story —


        • Well her story isn’t exactly over…


        • Did you read this part?

          “So, what the hell happened?

          How did Hollywood’s Golden Girl of 2000 end up making movies for Uwe Boll?

          Well, first of all, despite what Sobieski may have said to Movieline, it turns out there weren’t enough good roles to go around. Natalie Portman was snatching them up and went on to stardom while Sobieski was left cobbling together a career out of her leftovers.

          Sobieski had a very small window in which to become a household name. She needed to capitalize on the success of Joan of Arc. If either Joy Ride or The Glass House had been successful, Sobieski’s career might have played out differently. But instead, when her chances at mainstream stardom fizzled out. She retreated to France, indies and television.”


    • Not sure what you’re looking for, Sheryl. Sorry to disappoint.


      • Not her past, not her achievements, just what she is doing these days and if she is acting in ANYTHING….


        • You mean to tell me you read the entire article and you are uncertain as to whether or not Sobieski still acts? I am at a loss. That is covered quite extensively. First line, last paragraph “Sobieski is still a working actress”. What’s she appearing in? The movies in the article. Pictures and clips included for your convenience. Perhaps the things you skimmed were less less fluff than content.

          Sorry you didn’t find what you were looking for. But you’ve been quite rude in the way you have expressed your self. I get the impression your comments are less sincere than just trolling. If you would like to carry on a conversation here, I am happy to engage so long as you change to a more civil tone.

          Take care.

          Liked by 1 person

  19. Elijah Wood did not play the son of a scientist, he was the scientist that discovered the comet in Deep Impact. Do you watch the movies that these actors are in. This is not the first mistake I have read in your blog.


    • Have I seen Deep Impact? Sure. It’s been years. Do I watch all of the hundreds of movies I cover in the WTHH series? That would be unrealistic. Some of these movies are very difficult to track down. Sometimes I have to rely on online resources for movies I haven’t seen or haven’t watched in a long time. Are there sometimes mistakes? Yes. I correct them when I catch them and I appreciate it when people bring them to my attention. Accuracy is always the goal.

      Now it’s my turn to ask a question. Are you always this rude? I appreciate the tip but I could do without the attitude.


      • I wouldn’t expect Lebeau to have seen every movie in every actor’s filmography, that would be several hundred movies he’d have to watch, including plenty of obsure films with tiny bit parts in their early careers. And I think I know Lebeau well enough to know that if he had to watch someone’s films before writing them up then there is no way in hell that LeBeau ever would have written up Steven Seagal. Lebeau is willing to suffer only so much for his art.


        • Thanks, Craig!

          Off the top of my head, I think I have seen 3 Steven Seagal movies and two of them had Under Siege in the title. Ooops, no. I forgot Machete. Four. It’s funny you bring up Seagal because that was the article where I decided it was okay to write about a subject without necessarily watching all of the movies.

          I assure everyone, the amount of time and research that goes into every single article is staggering. Mistakes still creep in because these articles are incredibly broad in scope. I certainly appreciate anyone bringing a mistake to my attention. But I appreciate it even more when you’re not a jerk about it.


        • Hey you got it, I just got bothered when I saw E knocking you and I had to come to your defense a bit. It’s clear to me that you put an immense amount of research into each of these articles, and minor errors may occasionally happen, ones that you happily correct when brought up. And by the way, I take pleasure in the fact that it was I who initially recommended Seagal as a WTTH candidate, a one-time action star that was one of the biggest douches to make a name for himself in Hollywood (he almost makes Chevy and Val look like an angels by comparison), someone who was clearly outside your wheelhouse as a film buff. Hey, when I recommended Seagal who would’ve thought I’d have an impact on the scope of your site! ha ha


        • It really did. Prior to Seagal, I had a guiding principle that I would only cover actors I liked. My thought was that it kept me from being too negative. So with Seagal, it was a bit of an experiment to see if I could to an article about someone I didn’t especially like and who’s work I was largely unfamiliar with. I was pretty happy with the way the article turned out which lead to me tackling Jean-Claude Van Damme. And both of those articles are among the most popular on the site. So I’m glad I decided to expand the scope of the series. That’s been a constant over the years; growth and change.

          True story: I was about 2 minutes from posting WTHH to Elizabeth Hurley the other day when I got a PM from Daffy telling me I left the “e” off of her last name in the title of the article. Folks, I’m fallible. It’s a sad fact I’ve come to accept over the last 5 or so typo-filled years. I always aim for accuracy, but I will consistently fall short in hopefully minor ways. I think the effort counts for something. And I swear, I won’t get my nose bent out of shape if someone politely points out an issue. I’d rather know so I can fix it.

          Most of you guys are super cool about that. Even E wasn’t way out of line. So please, keep letting me know when I can improve! Just don’t act like no effort whatsoever goes into maintaining this site. My wife and kids will tell you HOURS go into every article.


        • Craig,

          I find most of your comments exceptional and entertaining, buttt I must take exception when you compare the talentless Segal to the gifted Kilmer. Where Seagal is a misogynist and brute, Kilmer is a perfectionist and a little nuts. There is a world of difference between these guys. Thems fightin’ words……And Chase, who cares??

          Kilmer is one of my favorite actors, and Seagal is actively avoided.

          Maybe we need a new category: WiSH? What Shoulda Happened? Seagal would be at the top of the list.

          I can see it now, Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday at the bar downing shots of Wild Turkey with Elizabeth Hurley on his arm, and in walks Seagal. He wearing his bullet proof kimono with Lindsey Lohan (with a black eye) in tow. He bellies up to the bar and orders herbal tea….

          “Why look honey, it’s a dangerous man.” “Do I hate him?”
          “No, you don’t even know him”

          Seagal replies, “Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings.”

          Doc says, “Now I know I hate him!”

          “I’m your huckleberry”

          Who wins the fight?



    • E,

      I noticed in your comment you left out the question mark at the end of, “Do you watch the movies that these actors are in.” Besides ending a sentence in a preposition, you fouled up the punctuation…

      Look to your own abilities before you cast dispersions on LeBeau, and by association all the highly qualified and competent men and women who truly appreciate his efforts. Part of the fun in a blog like this is being able to share one another’s ideas and critique their comments without malice. It requires maturity and compassion to participate.

      “If you never make any mistakes, then you’re not doing enough.”

      Brad Deal


  20. Aww I thought this was a joke but look at all these comments. You poor people need things to do!


  21. Nostalgia Critic: Jungle 2 Jungle

    Help the Critic witness the Feces of the World!


  22. Welcome to the Basement: In the Name of the King (2007)


  23. 10 Forgotten Actresses From The ‘90s: Where Are They Now?

    Leelee Sobieski

    Leelee Sobieski is probably best known as Drew Barrymore’s nerdy friend in Never Been Kissed, but the 1990s saw Sobieski as an ever-present force, from television series like Joan of Arc and films like Deep Impact, Eyes Wide Shut, and Here on Earth. The early 2000s were relatively kind to Leelee with films such as Joy Ride and The Glass House in 2001. However, as the decade wore on, Sobieski saw less of the big screen and made minor appearances in single episodes of television series’ such as Frasier and The Good Wife. In 2006 she played a minor role in The Wicker Man which was nominated by the Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, among others. Sobieski does not currently have any projects on the horizon.


  24. Find Out Why ‘Never Been Kissed’ Actress Leelee Sobieski Left Hollywood

    Leelee Sobieski has never been happier. “My daughter is learning how to ride a bike and my little boy is just so cute … though he’s a handful!” the mom of Louisanna (Lewi for short!), 6, and Martin, 20 months, told Us Weekly on Monday, April 18, at the Chanel Tribeca Artist Dinner in NYC.

    It was a rare red carpet appearance for the Helen Hunt look-alike, who starred alongside Drew Barrymore in the 1999 romantic comedy Never Been Kissed and then in films including Here on Earth and The Glass House. “I don’t do movie stuff anymore,” Sobieski, 32, revealed. “I am totally an outsider! I … am just a mom and an outsider.”

    The 5-foot-10 Brown University grad has no plans to return to film. “Maybe if I’m playing sweet grandma,” she shared. “[But] I am just focused on my kids. I think that’s mainly why I stopped.”

    Meanwhile, the star — who wed fashion designer Adam Kimmel in 2010 — is still leading a fulfilling creative life. “I help my husband with what he does,” she says. “And I paint, secretly!”

    Back in 2012, Sobieski hinted that she was ready to leave Hollywood. “Ninety percent of acting roles involve so much sexual stuff with other people, and I don’t want to do that,” she explained to Vogue. “It’s such a strange fire to play with, and our relationship is surely strong enough to handle it, but if you’re going to walk through fire, there has to be something incredible on the other side.”


  25. 15 (More) Stars Who Were Going To Be The Next Big Thing… But Vanished


    Hand selected by Stanley Kubrick to play a key role in his film Eyes Wide Shut, Hollywood turned its sights on Leelee Sobieski as a superstar in the making. She’d already appeared in a number of small roles on TV and in movies prior to her breakout, including parts in Deep Impact and Jungle 2 Jungle. She followed up her success in Eyes Wide Shut with an acclaimed performance in the telefilm Joan of Arc, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. From there, her career path turned rocky. Sobieski earned starring roles, though most of her films proved mediocre at best. Star vehicles like Joy Ride induced motion sickness, while critics smashed The Glass House with savage reviews, and Sobieski’s career subsequently went into decline.

    From there, Sobieski turned to supporting parts, though none could stop her professional free fall. 88 Minutes and The Wicker Man again earned scathing reviews (the latter becoming a meme, thanks to Nicolas Cage punching her in the face!) and little box office notice, while In the Name of the King earned her a Razzie Nomination. Of late, she’s shied away from acting, taking sporadic roles in TV and films, which have earned her little notice. Despite her promising beginnings, Sobieski proved less a star than a flash in the pan.


  26. THE GLASS HOUSE (2001)

    When Ruby Baker’s parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he’s ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family’s estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin.

    For why? This move makes very little sense. As it overplays most of it’s material like either a lifetime movie or something that is intentionally campy.

    The original cut ran for almost 180 minutes before the majority of this footage was deleted during post-production reducing the run-time to 106 minutes. So there might have been a better film that made more sense or felt more dynamic. Even though most original cuts run long.

    As it has quite a pedigree behind he scenes but it seems like they are all in it for the money as the film almost feels like a cop out or something formulaic meant to sell and shockingly gets made. That seems like a failed attempt at a teen thriller. That majorly lacks anything that might be of interest for it’s intended audience.

    It’s not the first of it’s kind. This is the type of movie where everything that happens is told in the trailer. Which is a shame. As there are some good ideas here. The problem is that instead of mysterious and subtle it becomes all Too obvious too soon. If this film like any others didn’t end up showing us all it’s cards early on.

    Films like these might have turned out decent, but since they don’t even. Even though they are thrillers. They are absent of mystery, suspense, tension and even thrills. So what else is left? Really bad melodrama.

    Now with this film. It could have been that all of her suspicions are really in her head and causes more damage the. Is necessary. While the adoptive parents are trying to do the right things even if at times a bit shady. As they never had kids and now they have teenagers. Where every time she she thinks she has found a clue. It really leads to an innocent misunderstanding and in the end she might kill or maim someone because she choose to believe her own conspiracy or there might be a secret to be held, but it’s not the one she suspects. (This review was written before I watched the film THE INVITATION) The film ARLINGTON ROAD for instance used suspicion of a conspiracy originally and creatively, this film while not having the same brain trust. Could have been just as effective.

    This film you can smell the guilt as soon as the characters appear. The forever sweating character played by Stellan Skarsgard and Diane lane. His character goes from charming to sinister and conniving so fast that there is never a mystery to his guilt or not. We understand he is becoming undone as he is at the end of his rope, but after his first appearance the film seems to spend it’s time showcasing his downfall expediently.

    Then there is the ending where one character like a horror movie villain can’t simply just die. So we have to go into overkill.

    The only reason this movie is worth watching is if you are a fan of Leelee Sobieski. It was really her first leading role at the time. Too bad she didn’t have better material. In Fact she rarely did. I believe she unfortunately gained fame when there weren’t really any roles written for her type of actress. This was the best they could really find. Unless she wanted to be a scream queen in horror films. At this point she is one of theirs actresses who appeared in a bunch of different films though you wonder what happened to? I always felt she resembled a young Helen Hunt. As his film was meant to test out the buzz she had as the next big thing at the time.

    This movie also seemed to take glee in showing off her body. Which I guess makes sense as she suspects her foster father of being a pervert and later we see her suspicions were right. As he looks at her and salivates over her like she is a steak. Though here it makes the film seem like it is going. For exploitation even of the filmmakers were going for titillation more for a teenage audience.

    The film feels so remote that it constantly feels small scale. So that it feels both realistic and fabricated. Where you wonder and have so many questions of logic. That are never answered, but are needed for the films story to work.

    This is written by noted screenwriter Wesley Strick (CAPE FEAR, THE TIE THAT BINDS) most of his screenplays are characters coming apart or having deep secrets. While being haunted by their pasts. Take for instance the tie that binds which was about the adoption of a serial killer couples child and the serial killers escaping and wanting to get their child back. This film is a little more complex. Though again this film is a mystery that isn’t too hard to figure out and you can’t even take pleasure as it goes through the motions with atmosphere or performance.

    Premiered in the same weekend as HARDBALL, also starring Diane Lane. Hard Ball was #1 at the box office and The Glass House #2 that weekend.

    This was the first film that would be theatrically released after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

    This is a film that had it been made today would not only have been more gruesome, but probably not made it to theaters. It would probably be made more independently and premiered on streaming

    Like it’s title everything is shiny, crisp but also transparent.

    This might have worked if this film was a tv-movie. There there wouldn’t. E so much invested into it. Though what makes this film even more disappointing is that it has such a talented cast.

    Grade: F


  27. What Happened to Leelee Sobieski – News & Updates

    Hailing from New York, Leelee Sobieski is best recognized for her role in the television mini-series, Joan of Arc (1999). Scouted by a casting agent who happened to be at her private school as a teen, she began taking part in various auditions in the early 1990’s. Although she faced many rejections, Sobieski eventually landed a part in a TV movie called Reunion (1994) at the age of eleven. After making a minor appearance in A Horse for Danny (1995) the following year, she was cast as a recurring character in a crime drama called, Charlie Grace (1995). From there, she appeared in a small handful of projects including NewsRadio (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), and F/X: The Series (1997), prior to receiving a break with the science-fiction film, Deep Impact (1998). The first box office hit that she has been a part of, it earned Sobieski much recognition as a rising star. Continuing to make her way up to stardom, she eventually received another breakthrough in 1999, when she was cast as the title character in the two-part TV film, Joan of Arc.

    A year after the new millennium, the actress starred in yet another mini-series called Uprising (2001). Much like Joan of Arc, it gave her some much-needed exposure as a budding artist. Dazzling audience members with a stunning performance, Sobieski eventually received her a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2002. Some of the other noteworthy films that she’s been a part of include Never Been Kissed (1999), Here on Earth (2000), The Glass House (2001), In a Dark Place (2006), 88 Minutes (2007), amongst many others. A Primetime Emmy Award-nominee, the New York native has accumulated several awards throughout her career including an OFTA Award (e.g. Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Mini-series), a Young Hollywood Award (e.g. Superstar of Tomorrow), and a Young Star Award (e.g. Best Performance by a Young Actress), amongst many others. Since her debut, she has appeared in well over forty different roles!

    Although she hasn’t been as active compared to her peak days in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Sobieski has continued to appear in a number of films including Acts of Violence (2010), Branded (2012), and The Last Film Festival (2016). On the small screen, she has also guest starred in the comedy, Drop Dead Diva (2010), and in the CBS legal series, The Good Wide (2011). In 2012, she also served as a series regular in the police procedural drama, NYC 22 where the played the role of a Marine MP veteran. Aside from all the acting that she’s done, Sobieski has also been featured in a variety of talk shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2006), Last Call with Carson Daly (2008), and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2012).

    So what has the Oscar Award-nominated actress been up to in the recent years? Has her career in the show business slowed down or is she still actively taking on roles? What happened to Leelee Sobieski? Where is she now in 2017?


  28. Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Leelee Sobieski Anymore

    You might remember the gorgeous Leelee Sobieski from some of her hit movies like “Never Been Kissed” and “Joy Ride”, and you’re likely wondering what the heck happened to her. The Helen Hunt look-alike was one of the hottest up-and-coming actresses in the late ’90s, releasing hit after hit until she seemed to disappear overnight. Has Hollywood snubbed her for being too modest, or did she simply get fed up with the film industry and leave on her own?



    On the upside, she looks like a younger, cuter Helen Hunt; on the downside, she looks … well, like Helen Hunt.

    Quite honestly, like most people I never would have heard of her if I didn’t accidentally catch a few minutes of Joan of Arc, the TV miniseries that attracted a lot of attention a while back when it beat out a number of other, regularly popular shows in the ratings. (People were surprised that it got any ratings; that it was at the top of the ratings was unfathomable.) And while she was pleasant to look at there, it wasn’t until I saw her with a lot less on at the Emmys that I decided to put her on The Iconophile.

    Cute as she might look in chain-mail, though, I don’t foresee an especially huge career for Leelee unless she gets offered a film role with some nudity in it à la Uma Thurman’s career boost in Dangerous Liasions. I know that sentiment’s become something of a cliche on this site, but in Leelee’s case it’s especially true since (1) she needs to break out of the typecast of playing kids and goodie-good characters as quickly as possible while she still has a little heat going for her from Joan of Arc, and (2) she straddles the fence between plain and beautiful — everyone liked her as a peasant girl because she was appropriately plain but somehow still attractive; cast her in a sexpot role with her clothes on and she’s likely to come off as attractive but still too plain to warrant her being the movie’s sexpot.

    Which is not to say that Leelee isn’t attractive. Far from it. But there are different kinds of attractiveness, and in the Olympian world of the silver screen, the only type anyone remembers is the one filmmakers love to show stopping people dead in their tracks and causing traffic accidents à la Salma Hayek in Desperado. Leelee’s beauty, on the other hand, is of the more terrestrial variety; chances are you’d never notice her if she walked in to a supermarket you were in, whereas if Salma made an entrance, the place would shut down. (Roll your eyes all you like, but I’ve seen this happen.) So at the core of what Leelee has going for her isn’t so much her physical beauty (she’s cute when she’s dolled up, but not drop dead gorgeous) as her air of mercurial sensuality and, more importantly, her charm. And that charm rests largely on her seeming precociousness, an advantage she can only have while she’s a teenager. The moment she enters full adulthood there’ll be little to keep her from being Helen Hunt — that is, a sometimes plain, sometimes attractive Every-woman. Which is all well and good, but short of a regular role on a popular TV show that takes advantage of that quality, it’s not the sort of thing that usually makes a career outside of the independent film circuit.

    In any event, get an eyeful of her now, because if her next few movies tank, they’ll probably be the last we ever see of her except in the new releases section at the video store. (Leelee may have a lot of talent, but I don’t think she’ll do very well in typical teen flicks, and it’s a rare movie calling for attractive teen actresses that isn’t a typical teen flick.)


  30. Drew Barrymore goes undercover as a high school student and silliness, heartbreak, and inappropriate student/teacher relationships ensue.



    Blind Items Revealed #1 – Anniversary Month

    June 12, 2012

    A few years ago it seemed like you could not watch any movie without seeing this actress. She was everywhere. She was the it girl. She was the next big thing. She was in big movies and blockbusters and even got nominated for some of the bigger awards and then one day, she was gone. Vanished. She was B+ list at the time and now, if she decided to come back, she would probably still be close to a B because of her name and what she did in her short time. She has talked about coming back but she went through some of the roughest times that I have ever heard. She was in her late teens when she really got noticed and that is when it became hard. There was the movie with the method actor who has been nominated for an Academy Award and is A list all the way. He decided that he was going to do drugs for the movie and insisted she do the same. He said he would get her fired if she didn’t, so there she was in an alley in a city she had never been before smoking crack with an actor who said it was all part of the process. When he forced her to have sex with her “to keep things real,” she wondered if that was part of the process too. Apparently his process involved him having sex with every female on the production.

    There was the producer who kept wanting her to read for a part and would keep insisting that she come at the end of the day to his office. After everyone left for work. She knew what was going to happen. She knew it and knew it and told her agent she didn’t want to go and why couldn’t she meet the producer somewhere else. The agent told her the producer always did it that way. A soon as she got to his office and he reached for her breast she ran screaming from the office and never went back. Her agent acted like it was a big misunderstanding and he would get her another meeting with the producer. Maybe they could go to dinner or something.

    She talked about the time she had agreed to do a love scene, but with no nudity and the director kept her in her trailer for three hours yelling at her that she needed to get naked for the scene to make it real. There was that word again and she was tired of it. He gave her something to take and then had sex with her and she finally agreed to get naked for the movie. There she was in front of 30 other people having sex on camera and the director yelling at her to make it more real. more sexy. He never even used the scene. It ended up on the cutting room floor. She later heard he had hours of footage of actresses from scenes just like hers that ended up in his home but never on screen. He loved the power.

    After one too many gropings on set or coke being offered to her. Our actress just left. She walked away. One second she was there and one she was not. She says she has quit forever.

    Leelee Sobieski


  32. Roles that were supposed to be these actors’ big breaks

    Leelee Sobieski — Joan d’Arc (Joan of Arc)

    Leelee Sobieski was only 15 in 1999, when she starred in the critically acclaimed CBS miniseries Joan of Arc. Not that the young saint was Sobieski’s first role, of course: she’d previously starred alongside Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, and appeared in the asteroid disaster flick Deep Impact. But Joan of Arc proved Sobieski was a force to be reckoned with as she held her own onscreen against veteran actors like Powers Boothe, Shirley MacLaine, and Peter O’Toole—and scored Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her efforts.

    After that kind of showing, you’d expect Sobieski to become a Hollywood mainstay, and for a few years things seemed to be on track. Here on Earth, a romantic drama co-starring Chris Klein and Josh Hartnett, was panned by critics, but secured Sobieski a Teen Choice Award nomination, while her role in the TV miniseries Uprising resulted in a another Golden Globe nod.

    The momentum didn’t last, and before long, it became clear that Joan of Arc was the highlight of her career, not the beginning. She started appearing in direct-to-video thrillers like Night Train and schlocky features like Nic Cage’s infamous The Wicker Man (you know, the one with the bees). Parts in the critically reviled Al Pacino thriller 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale earned Sobieski Golden Razzie nominations for Worst Supporting Actress. Eventually, Leelee gave up show business entirely, devoting her time to her children and to painting. Reportedly, she’s never been happier.


  33. In the Studio With an Actress-Turned-Painter

    The artist creates in an Upper East Side studio and has a new show in Williamsburg.


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