This year marks the 30th anniversary of the much-loved comedy The Princess Bride. While the beloved comedy gave movie lovers countless memorable lines (“Inconceivable!“), it also propelled soap opera actor Robin Wright, in the role of Buttercup, to feature film stardom.
Since then, Wright has gone from the damsel in distress to roles that allow her to show off a distinctly stronger side. From activist to Amazonian warrior to the President of the United States, Robin Wright makes the transition from princess to POTUS seem effortless. Just check out her trajectory.
1. JENNY CURRAN, FORREST GUMP
Robin Wright’s role as Jenny in Forrest Gump is largely relegated to ‘love interest,’ but she was so much more than that. At her core, Jenny was a survivor. She survived an abusive childhood at the hands of her father. She survived getting kicked out of college and making ends meet on her own, playing her music in nude dive bars. She survived experimenting with drugs and alcohol and later survived an abusive relationship with her activist boyfriend. In her final and possibly most badass move, Jenny became an amazing mother and provided a family for both herself and Forrest, something they had both always needed and wanted. Forrest may have spent his life trying to rescue Jenny, but in the end she rescued herself.
2. MARY SURRATT, THE CONSPIRATOR
An almost unrecognized Robin Wright starred as Mary Surratt in Robert Redford’s historical drama The Conspirator, which told the story of the only woman who was charged in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Surratt was eventually hanged for her son’s role in Lincoln’s death, with Surratt receiving her son’s punishment while he was on the run from the authorities. Wright’s dramatic turn as Surratt added yet another layer to her incredible filmography of characters, with the historical turn marking one of Wright’s most impressive performances.
3. MARTHA SULLIVAN, A MOST WANTED MAN
It’s no small feat to play opposite the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but Robin Wright made for a worthy sparring partner in the 2012 thriller A Most Wanted Man. Wright stars as CIA Operative (we believe it) Martha Sullivan, who must uncover the identity of a suspected terrorist and victim of torture. Not only that, Sullivan must also decipher whether she can trust Hoffman’s master of spy character. Plus, she looks great with black hair. Badassery all around.
4. CLAIRE UNDERWOOD, HOUSE OF CARDS
It took five seasons, but Robin Wright’s perfectly poised and ruthless Claire Underwood finally out-schemed her scheming husband Frank to move from the position of Vice President to POTUS. Was Claire just trying to help Frank or did she want to be President all along? We don’t know, and judging by how tight-lipped Claire has been for five seasons, we may never know. But anyone who can form diplomatic relations with Russia and wear six-inch heels 24/7 is a worthy world leader. Also, we’re too scared of her to vote for anyone else.
5. ANTIOPE, WONDER WOMAN
Was there anyone who didn’t leave the theatre after seeing Wonder Woman and wish that Robin Wright’s Antiope was their aunt as well? In one of her most badass roles to date, Wright is the ultimate warrior as the head fighter in the Amazonian army. She trains her niece Diana, who becomes Wonder Woman, teaching her strength, power, leadership, and how to take out three people at once with a bow and arrows. We never want to sensationalize violence…but dayum.
6. LIEUTENANT JOSHI, BLADE RUNNER 2049
In the upcoming sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner (watch it now on CraveTV), Wright plays Lieutenant Joshi, the boss of Ryan Gosling’s cop character K. In the highly secretive new film, out Friday, October 6, Wright’s Joshi oversees all the Blade Runners in Los Angeles, including K, and is leading the search for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. She’s also tasked with stopping K and the rest of the population from engaging in a world war. We’d be worried for a lesser person, but we know Robin Wright has this on lock.