Quirky Indie Chicks


They’ve been described as being everything from “distinctive” to “eccentric”, “unique” to “unusual”.  We’re talking about some of those cool, quirky indie chicks we know and love. Once relegated to supporting roles as the sarcastic, wisecracking best friend, the bitch or the crazy girl who’s good for a few laughs, the Quirky Indie Chick is finally approaching leading lady status thanks to some of the amazing work of a few of our faves.

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Parker Posey

The Godmother of the Quirky Indie Chick, Parker started out as a supporting actress in a few memorable roles for directors like Hal Hartley and Richard Linklater (remember her megabitch in Dazed and Confused?). She quickly became an indie film darling and started racking up the lead roles in films like Party Girl, House of Yes, and SubUrbia. Proving that she can do comedy and drama with equal finesse (think of her in all the Christopher Guest films), Parker also paved the way for those who wanted to float between indies and big budget flicks without losing their cred. It’s great to see that she still has impeccable taste in the projects she chooses to work on, with her arc on Louie this season and her newest film, Price Check, which the Sweetheart of Sundance brought to the Festival this year.

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If Parker Posey is the Godmother, then Janeane is the Cool Aunt. Starting out as a standup but finding success as an actress, Janeane was born to play the “acerbic sidekick friend of” the star of the movie. However, one of her goals was to break out of that stereotype. Her unconventional beauty and intellect made her a perfect fit for indie films, and she carved out a nice career with subtle performances in films like Minus Man and Steal This Movie, as well as comedies like Wet Hot American Summer and The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Her career trajectory changed after she became vocal about her political beliefs following 9/11, but she still helped open the doors for the women who don’t necessarily fit Hollywood’s definition of beauty.

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Miranda July

Don’t hate her because she’s a Performance Artist. It’s part of what makes her one of our faves. Can it get more idiosyncratic than Miranda July? A performance artist working in multimedia, she’s also a short story writer, with a collection of stories published. That’s in addition to being a writer/director/actress with two features and a few shorts to her credit. A sweetheart of Sundance a few years ago and the winner of several awards, Miranda’s writing is personal and at the same time universal. If you haven’t seen her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, it’s definitely worth checking out, if for nothing else than to see John Hawkes in an early lead role.

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Allison Pill

We all have a preconceived notion of child actors. They are usually either too cute for words, too precocious for words, or just plain too annoying for words. Allison Pill started out as a child actor, but she proved she was anything but a typical kid actor when she started doing Broadway plays by the likes of Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty). Another unconventional beauty, her choices since then have put her firmly in the smart chick category, picking projects like Gus Van Sant’s Milk, Midnight in Paris and Aaron Sorkin’s latest HBO series, The Newsroom. Unlike most of her peers, Allison vacillates between theater, tv and film, foregoing stardom for good work.

 

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Zoe Kazan

Yes, she’s Elia Kazan’s granddaughter. Some may say she has a head start already, just because of that. However, she’s paid her dues, getting a BA in Theater at Yale and, like Allison Pill, doing theater (Zoe was also in a Martin McDonagh play – A Behanding in Spokane, with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) in addition to film and tv. After playing some supporting roles in films like Revolutionary Road and Me and Orson Welles, Zoe has taken what she’s been given and run with it. Writing and starring in a small flick with her boyfriend Paul Dano, Zoe got the directors of Little Miss Sunshine to direct her first feature, the fun and sweet Ruby Sparks.

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Lena Dunham

The voice of her generation – or at least “a” voice of her generation. That’s how Lena’s character on her HBO show Girls describes herself, but Lena could have been talking about herself. Her second film, Tiny Furniture, made right out of college in her own home with her own mother and sister playing themselves, was a small success. But once Judd Apatow and HBO got on board, Lena became a defining voice for a new group of people. Yet another un-Hollywood beauty on our list, Lena is seemingly fearless in her writing, acting and her directing- allowing things (herself especially) to look and feel “real” where many others would want to look “good”.

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Aubrey Plaza

Probably the most direct lineage from Janeane, Aubrey Plaza is the person who young people watching Daria think the character is based on. While Scott Pilgrim solidified her as the the cool indie chick, Safety Not Guaranteed, her summer movie, proved she can hold a movie as a lead. Cynical, sarcastic, deadpan, funny and smart, Aubrey had a role in Parks & Recreation written just for her. If she has ’s seal of approval, that should be good enough for anyone.

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Zooey Deschanel

If Parker is the Godmother and Janeane the Cool Aunt, then Zooey is the Big Sister to this new crop. Before she even had her own show on a network (which Parker just guest-starred on), Zooey was the definition of quirky. Her style is so unconventional that a new word had to be created to describe her – “adorkable”. Okay, so all of that might be annoying (which she even poked fun at in an SNL sketch when she hosted). What is great is her ability to get you to go with her, no matter what the role she is playing. You always are instantly on her side, from leads in smaller films like Manic and All the Real Girls to smaller roles in big films like Almost Famous and Elf. Bottom line – she’s just likeable. Yes, even when she’s breaking Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s heart in (500) Days of Summer.

 

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90 Comments

  1. BigMike2012

    October 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Zooey and Aubrey………Boner City.

  2. Basket_full_of_lotion

    October 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Allison Pill was fantastic in Goon. Very nice list!

    • jerkstoresean

      October 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      @Basket_full_of_lotion Fuck! That’s where I recognize her from. I love that movie.

  3. DeathProof

    October 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I’m in love with Aubrey Plaza.

  4. harlequincy

    October 25, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I don’t get the appeal.

    • FanBoy1

      October 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      @harlequincy Right there with ya…….

  5. SarahMcSmokeyPants

    October 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Yay team weird girls! Everyone called me Daria in high school, I wish quirky had been more popular back then.

    • Drippy Granny

      October 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      @SarahMcSassyPants “oh Sarah, you cute and you’re a little weird and you listen to Ron and Fez and you use to date rock guys, and no one can treat you right oh Sarah”

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        That’s my song I just wrote it for you

      • SarahMcSmokeyPants

        October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        @Drippy Granny lol thanks, i have the urge to do your laundry now.

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Can we eat frozen yogurt and talk about your awesome boyfriend, Captain Hammer while I secretly pine for you? @SarahMcSassyPants (movie/web series reference…) Yeah, I’m that cool!

  6. Moon Rocks

    October 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Cute indie chicks know they are hot ticket items right now, which leads to higher self esteem, and zero chance for me to date them.

    • SarahMcSmokeyPants

      October 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

      If she has too much self-esteem she’s not a quirky girl, that’s just a popular girl in hipster glasses.

      • Moon Rocks

        October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        @SarahMcSassyPants boom. Mind fuck.

      • Moon Rocks

        October 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        @SarahMcSassyPants oh. And careful with the Daria references, you’re dating yourself woman.

      • SarahMcSmokeyPants

        October 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        73 years young!

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        @Moon Rocks Yes, the 90’s were so goddamn long ago… Moon Rocks, more like Cock Socks! Fuck You shit balls!

      • Moon Rocks

        October 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        @Drippy Granny Hey now, tough guy, don’t go being all badass with that middle finger. Look out for this guy, am I right @jerkstoresean !?!?

      • SarahMcSmokeyPants

        October 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        lol, relax guys, its gonna be ok. have some ramadon.

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        @SarahMcSassyPants only if we can jump of a bridge together. I’m a romantic at heart 🙂

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        @SarahMcSassyPants only if we can jump of a bridge together. I’m a romantic at heart 🙂

      • Moon Rocks

        October 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        @SarahMcSassyPants
        http://youtu.be/XWHOF_0-6Hg

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        @Moon Rocks Tough guy don’t like what little man is saying. Tough guy get angry and crush little man with is big middle finger. Tough man win!

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        @Moon Rocks Tough guy don’t like what little man is saying. Tough guy get angry and crush little man with his big middle finger. Tough guy win!

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        @Moon Rocks Tough guy don’t like what little man is saying. Tough guy get angry and crush little man with his big middle finger. Tough man win!

      • SarahMcSmokeyPants

        October 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        @Drippy Granny  @SarahMcSassyPants Sure, you go first I will be right there.

  7. FLprodivider66

    October 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Lena Dunham gets naked and gets her thick (but quirky) body pounded quite frequently on her HBO show “Girls”….and I’m oddly attracted to her!??

    • Drippy Granny

      October 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      @FLprodivider66 Not a tit fan, huh? I find her oddly gross hot

    • SarahMcSmokeyPants

      October 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I love love her, but I wish I didnt have to see her weird little titties all the time.

  8. LizSetsFire

    October 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I’m a big clea Duvall fan.

    • Moon Rocks

      October 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      @LizSetsFire apparently no one else is. Ha ha!

  9. Scott From Jersey

    October 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Parker Posey in dazed and confused..mmm

  10. shrekkalove

    October 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Love these girls!  Would also have included Kristen Schaal.

  11. Rorschach7

    October 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

    My main girl Aubrey is there. Im happy.

    • FLprodivider66

      October 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

      @Rorschach7…Love her! Reminds me of that quiet/shy “smart” girl I always admired in school

    • LizSetsFire

      October 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

      @Rorschach7 you should watch safety not guaranteed. Her and mark duplass are so good. I watched it 3 times in a week.

      • DeathProof

        October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        @LizSetsFire  @Rorschach7 Love, love, love her!

      • jerkstoresean

        October 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        @LizSetsFire Enough about Safety Not Guaranteed! Lololololololol jkjkjkjk

      • LizSetsFire

        October 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        @jerkstoresean 🙁 alright, maybe I’ve gone too far.

      • Rorschach7

        October 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        @LizSetsFire  @Rorschach7 Will do =)

  12. sidwasout

    October 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’ve always dug Parker Posey, but what about Winona Ryder?  Too many big movies?

  13. Narc Zito

    October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I feel like Juliette Lewis is the type of person that would be right at home on this list too.

  14. Drippy Granny

    October 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Zooey Deschanel all the way!!!

  15. DeathProof

    October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t think of anything Parker Posey has done that I didn’t love. She great!

  16. OllieInChicago

    October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Catherine O’Hara?

  17. whatupski

    October 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Judy Greer

    • jerkstoresean

      October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      @whatupski Pam Grier

      • Narc Zito

        October 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        @jerkstoresean  @whatupski David Alan.  #lololololol

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        @Narc Zito @jerkstoresean @whatupski
        …(Queer)

  18. tfor3

    October 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I would have added the talented beautiful and apparently bi-sexual Olivia Thirlby

  19. jerkstoresean

    October 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Mila Kunis in Forgetting Sarah Marshall got me all smitten. May not be considered an indie chick but she always plays the cool unobtainable girl

  20. SlickRick46

    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Fuckin, Jennifer Lawrence. Im

  21. Fatmike63

    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    What about Lisa Loeb? #Stay

  22. zappers

    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Bijou Phillips

  23. SlickRick46

    October 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Fuckin, Jennifer Lawrence & Rachael McAdams. Sold.

    • Narc Zito

      October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      @SlickRick46 I seriously have a thing for Rachel McAdams, dude.

      • Drippy Granny

        October 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        @Narc Zito @SlickRick46 So NOT (Indie)

  24. OllieInChicago

    October 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Clair Forlani

  25. Drippy Granny

    October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    How about Rose McGowan?

  26. KevinFromConn

    October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Vera Farmiga?

  27. zappers

    October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Kat Dennings

  28. JfromHuntington

    October 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Kate Mara isn’t that well known and she is gorgeous. Was great in American Horror Story. I know its TV but she was amazing.

    • jerkstoresean

      October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      @JfromHuntington Was that Haley? The crazy pregnant chick? The girl in the new season is fucking hot. And They showed her butt cheeks last night

    • Narc Zito

      October 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      @JfromHuntington She’s got a face like I know her from somewhere and can never remember where.  Oh, and #SaveTheNeighbors.

  29. Bud Abbott

    October 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Sandra Morton has had some quirky parts.

  30. ChemoSabe

    October 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Where is Hope Davis??

    • ChemoSabe

      October 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      …and Natasha Lyonne??

  31. JAFO1966

    October 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Chick from Point Break

  32. zappers

    October 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Bijou Phillips & Kat Dennings

  33. jerkstoresean

    October 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I would never fall in love with Lena Dunham. She looks like Kevin James

  34. Purple Guy

    October 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Amy Sedaris, whenever I see her on Letterman I get a little blood in the Pig… Whaaat!?

  35. RadioScout

    October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Carrie Brownstein !

  36. yotaruvegeta

    October 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t know half of these girls. Someone must really have a love for the indie chicks.

  37. Steakleather

    October 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Allison Pill was incredible in “In Treatment” on HBO.

  38. HummusMagnate

    October 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Fuck I feel out of touch. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!?!
    STAY OFF MY LAWN!

  39. arbitraria

    October 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    how in the sweet name of my little ponies did maggie gyllenhaal not make the list?  🙁
    i loves me some joey lauren adams, maybe some kate winslet, a little natalie portman…
    but many thanks for including miranda july!

  40. harlequincy

    October 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I found it funny that the lovely Parker Posey didn’t like being pigeon holed to just an “Indie” actress, and here the list does just that.

  41. harlequincy

    October 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I found it funny that the lovely Parker Posey doesn’t care to be pigeon holed to just an “Indie” actress, and here the list does just that.

    • yotaruvegeta

      October 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      @harlequincy Maybe you shouldn’t think of indie as a pejorative. Its where she started out, and I think she’s getting respected for that.

  42. seamus98

    October 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Janeane Garofalo is an annoying little garden gnome

  43. SpaceAnimal

    October 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    zooey and aubrey are crazy hot.

  44. fervt

    October 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Where’s Katherine Heigl?

  45. ChineseDuck

    October 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Greta Gerwig or get the fuck out.

  46. Anthony From California

    October 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Parker Posey in her Main Street Singer outfit drives me crazy.

  47. D. Knepp

    October 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What I’d give to make a mess on Parker Posey’s tum-tum

    • blasterjoe

      October 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      @D. Knepp Shes having a shitty postseason

  48. Melyndahj

    October 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Quirky Indie Chick is finally approaching leading lady status thanks to some of the amazing work of a few of our faves.

  49. ThePittsburgher

    October 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Janeane Garofalo is just the worst

  50. ChineseDuck

    October 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Seriously, how did Greta Gerwig not make it on this list? As much as i love Aubrey Plaza, I wouldnt really say she has a lot of indie cred. Parks and Rec, Funny People, and Scott Pilgrim all are worthy and even awesome(Funny People a little less so) but are very mainstream. I cant even think of anything remotely indie with Aubrey Plaza in it except for Mystery Team. Which was really great, admittedly. I should probably stop being a whiny cunt and just check out her imdb. I will now sum up this pointless post with a little equation: Greta Gerwig indie cred>Aubrey Plaza indie cred. Greenberg anyone? Aubrey Plaza might be hotter though.