7 Famous Movie Actresses Who Returned To The Small Screen

  
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Many actors and actresses have realized that television is a better medium for story telling and characterization than movies. Because of this, many of them have given up on cinema and secured themselves roles on award-winning shows. Television isn’t just for established actors – there are many up and coming stars that get roles on great shows and are catapulted into stardom as a result. Right now, television is just so hot and it is probably going to keep getting more and more popular. This is why many actresses who primarily did movies have headed back to the small screen, including these 7 ladies!

7. Rachel McAdams

Back in the mid 2000s, Rachel McAdams was considered an “It girl.” She had starred in a number of commercially successful movies and she seemed well on her way to becoming a successful actress. In the midst of this, she took a break. Since coming back to Hollywood, things haven’t quite been the same for her. She’s starred in a number of romantic comedies, as well as a few dramas, but she hasn’t secured any really good, meaty parts in a long time. She changed all of that, however, when she accepted a role on the crime drama “True Detective,” alongside Vince Vaughn, Collin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch. This show was great for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s careers, as they both received Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for their performances.

Going back to television is one of the smartest decisions that Rachel has ever made. She wasn’t getting any good roles in films, so “True Detective” was probably too good for her to pass up.

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6. Viola Davis

Viola Davis has made a career for herself as a supporting actress on the big screen. She’s had small roles in movies like “Traffic,” “Solaris,” “Knight and Day” and “Ender’s Game.” She also had a small role in “Doubt,” which earned her nominations from the Academy Award, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. Her supporting part in “The Help” secured her another Academy Award nod, as well as nominations from BAFTA, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. As of 2014, Davis has landed herself the role of a lifetime as the leading actress the television series “How to Get Away with Murder.”

So far, the ABC series has been a hit with viewers and critics. Most of them have praised Davis for her captivating performance. She’s received a nod from the Golden Globes and she took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

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