This year has brought some really interesting stories on television with equally impressive performances. Actors portrayed their roles well, giving life to some of the most entertaining and compelling characters on television. Which of these characters stood out? Find out as we make our list of standout characters on TV for 2014. Read on.
Annalise Keating on "How to Get Away with Murder" – Voila Davis' flawless portrayal of fearless lawyer Annalise in this drama series was engaging. She also effortlessly showed her vulnerable side. Annalise's most unforgettable moment came when she took off her wig and asked her husband, “Why is your penis on a dead girl's phone?" It became a trending topic on Twitter.
Barry Allen on “The Flash” – This year has been great for superhero TV shows and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was simply refreshing to watch. He got away with being charming and showed a fun and lighter side to superheroes. The contrast between “Arrow” and “The Flash” was highlighted in the crossover episodes too.
Maura/Mort on “Transparent” – Jeffrey Tambor made Maura/Mort so empathic and realistic that watching the show really tugged at the heartstrings. It’s unforgettable how Maura confronted her youngest child about her transition. The scene was raw, emotional and sensitive. Don’t be surprised to see this show and its actors getting nominated a lot come awards season in 2015.
Oberyn Martell on “Game of Thrones” – People cheered on Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) like a hero during his combat. When he died, social media sites were filled with violent reactions to the way he was killed off. It was brutal and unbelievable. Viewers mourned his death for some time that week. That’s how impressionable his character was.
Rogelio de la Vega on “Jane the Virgin” – For a good dose of comedy, “Jane the Virgin” is really fun to watch, and Jamie Camil as Rogelio has made it even more fun. The telenovela actor may be overemphasizing his portrayal of a telenovela star, and it actually works so well in the series. He is over-the-top, but not the kind you’d like to throw the remote control at.
Rust Cohle on “True Detective” – Rust Cohle was enigmatic and mesmerizing to watch on the small screen. No one understood him better than the actor who portrayed him. Matthew McConaughey made his character iconic that people actually dressed as Cohle for Halloween.
Yvonne 'Vee' Parker on “Orange Is the New Black” – As a new addition to the show’s second season, Vee’s (Lorraine Toussaint) dominance was unexpected. But when it became clear that she was going to be a formidable force in the series, Vee emerged as one of the greatest villains on television this year. Love her or hate her, she added color to the show’s already colorful characters.
Did you have a TV character you’ve really loved and grown attached to for 2014? Share to us your choices in the comments below!
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