Some would look at Monica Potter and label her a “Poor man’s Julia Roberts.” I was at one time one of those people. There are some obvious similarities like the winning smile and the gracious personality. But where Monica has shown that there’s where the comparisons end is the way she’s chosen smaller, even quirkier movies and some television to gain exposure and experience.
A Cleveland native, Monica struck out for the bright lights of LA and won herself a role on the daytime soap, “The Young and the Restless”. Then came real exposure in the form of Patch Adams. It must have been quite a challenge to be second banana to the great clown himself, Robin Williams. But there are two movies in particular that really need seeing: A Cool Dry Place and Without Limits. I was most impressed by Monica’s quiet, subdued performances in both, and having cute co-stars helped a little I guess.
Recently Monica’s been making a splash on TV with stints on the popular “Boston Legal” and Fox’s “Lie to Me”. Where Monica’s found a special niche is in romantic comedy. Definitely check out The Very Thought of You (1998) with Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell and Head Over Heels (2001). Along Came a Spider and strangely enough the original Saw (2004) and the 2009 update of Last House on the Left show the darker side of our normally bubbly blonde.
Watching Monica Potter is like watching someone you know. She has an honesty and a freshness about her that is so refreshing after seeing some of these more staid actresses doing the same movie over and over again. So go out there and support “the Poor Man’s Julia Roberts.” No, let’s re-categorize her as “A Julia Roberts for the People!” Yes, that’s much better. Hey, I’d vote for her.
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