Sorry, all you hoyden fans – Lauredhel and I are just so absorbed with the election nerves that we haven’t been keeping on task and keeping up to date with our Friday Hoydens.
We were having a little IM chat about it, and it veered around to a question about (harrumph) the young’uns of today, specifically the Hollywood young’uns of today, given that we have featured quite a few older actresses celebrated for a life of hoydenism. Today’s gels of the celluloid screen seem far more focused on hedonism, and while that has its delightful place, it doesn’t bring a smile to my face the same way that a hoydenish exploit does.
Obviously, these actresses do on occasion portray hoydens on screen, but as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s post-Buffy career choices have shown, that’s not necessarily who they are deep down inside. Cameron Diaz, who doesn’t let the possiblity of busting a nose or an arm deter her from surfing or skiing, seems to be a genuine hoyden, as does Julia Roberts who refused to shave her armpits or legs unless she was actually filming, but neither of these two is usually cast as a hoyden, and even when they’re kicking butt on screen it’s not particularly boisterous fun: it’s serious business.
So where are today’s Katherine Hepburns? I had been going to mention Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds and Sally Field there, but on second thought I don’t think they really qualify – they’ve all played memorable hoydens, but are they hoydens in their personal life? I can’t really see the pious Doris, the workaholic Debbie or the insecure Sally as carefree enough, despite their famous boisterous moments.