Linda Cardellini is a Californian native who began her acting career at a young age. Throughout her career as an actress, she has become a familiar face in both television and cinema. Here are the top six performances by Cardellini that you should not miss.
6. ‘Legally Blonde’ – IMDb: 6.4
In the 2001 comedy ‘Legally Blonde,‘ Cardellini appears as Chutney, the stepdaughter of Brooke Taylor-Windham, who is entangled in a murder case. Though her role is minor, the character’s personality and permed hair make her a memorable part of the film.
5. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ / ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – IMDb: 7.3 / 8.2
Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cardellini brings to life Laura Barton, wife to Hawkeye and a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. In these blockbuster films, her character balances family life with the complexities of her husband’s superhero world, influencing his decision to retire temporarily.
4. ‘Bloodline’ – IMDb: 7.9
In the Netflix series ‘Bloodline,‘ Cardellini plays Meg Rayburn, an attorney and one of Danny Rayburn’s younger siblings. The show focuses on the Rayburn family dynamics, particularly surrounding the return of the black sheep brother, Danny. Although it was initially planned for more seasons, ‘Bloodline’ ended with its third season due to financial reasons.
3. ‘Dead To Me’ – IMDb: 8.0
‘Dead to Me‘ sees Cardellini in a lead role as Judy Hale, who meets Jen Hardy (Christina Applegate) at a grief support group. The plot unfolds around the mysterious circumstances of their partners’ deaths. Her performance in this series received praise and earned her several award nominations.
2. ‘Green Book’ – IMDb: 8.2
In the Academy Award-winning ‘Green Book,‘ Cardellini plays Dolores, the wife of Tony Lip. Her role, though supporting, is essential in highlighting the social context of the era. Cardellini’s performance adds depth to a film that deals with serious themes like racism and friendship.
1. ‘Freaks and Geeks’ – IMDb: 8.8
‘Freaks and Geeks‘ is the show that launched Cardellini’s career, and it remains an essential watch. As Lindsay Weir, Cardellini navigates the complexities of high school life, becoming an example of teenage angst and growth. Despite lasting only one season, the show is highly acclaimed and was a career-starter for several actors other than Cardellini.