Actress Jodie Turner-Smith is tracing a quick rise in Hollywood with multiple big projects slated to release soon. Here’s a look at her best movies.
Actress and model Jodie Turner-Smith has seen a quick rise to fame, ever since she made an appearance on the supernatural HBO series True Blood as a siren. Since her debut, she has appeared in a number of movies and series across challenging genres, gradually coming to the fore as she proves her mettle with every new role. Turner-Smith seems to offer exactly what is needed in a new generation of Hollywood stars, gaining equal acclaim for her personal style (via Vogue) as she does for her acting.
Nevertheless, the best is yet to come for the British actress, as she is slated to appear in at least two movies and two series at the moment, including the upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte. While we await these exciting new productions, here are the best Jodie Turner-Smith movies to date.
The 2017 movie Lemon marked the second film appearance of Jodie Turner-Smith. Brett Gelman stars in this comedy-drama film as the hopelessly awkward acting tutor Isaac Lachmann, as he navigates a life fraught with failure, mediocrity, and odd interactions. Turner-Smith appears in a short role as the cousin of one Isaac’s dates. Lemon utilizes a striking cinematic approach, filled with active participation of a lively background score and many filler scenes that add more life to the movie. Turner-Smith can be seen in one such scene during the barbecue afternoon, engaging in family banter with Isaac’s date and others.
The Neon Demon received quite a polarizing response from critics when it released in 2016. Elle Fanning starred in the psychological horror movie as a young aspiring model as she begins to make it in the high-fashion world. The movie was directed by the accomplished filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, and featured a lot of psychedelic and disturbing imagery. Speaking to Vice, the movie’s composer Cliff Martinez described the first half of the movie to be “a melodrama like Valley of the Dolls,” and the second half to be like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie marked Turner-Smith's first feature film appearance, who appeared on-screen briefly as the assistant for Christina Hendricks’ character, Roberta Hoffman.
White Noise is a film by critically acclaimed director Noah Baumbach, adapted from the eponymous novel by Don DeLillo. The source material, and in turn the movie, follow in the black comedy genre and satirize modern life in a variety of ways. The 2022 movie features Adam Driver in the lead role as Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies, and follows the life of him and his family after a cloud of potentially deadly smoke is released above their town following a chemical waste accident. Turner-Smith appears in the movie as Winnie Richards, a scientist who works in the same university as Gladney.
After Yang is a thought-provoking sci-fi drama from A24, the indie film studio known for its groundbreaking productions. The movie tells the story of a family that lives with an adopted android "son," Yang, who begins to malfunction. In trying to fix their robotic child, the couple faces some deeply moving questions about loss, human connection, and the very meaning of being human. After Yang stars Colin Farrell as the husband Jake, Justin H. Min as Yang, and Turner-Smith as the wife, Kyra. Turner-Smith blends in perfectly with the movie’s otherworldly setting, one that is simultaneously mundane and charged with a tense atmosphere. Her performance carries the film’s subtly off-putting tone with perfection.
Turner-Smith had already played a military role in the 2017 series The Last Ship, but in Without Remorse, she got to fully show off her action chops — standing out brilliantly in her role as Karen Greer. The movie was based on Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse novels, and was intended to be the start of a film series led by Michael B. Jordan as the Ryanverse character, John Kelly. However, the movie was received poorly by critics and audiences alike. Nevertheless, the performances by Jordan and Turner-Smith were universally acclaimed. Turner-Smith managed to put up an impressive performance for the film despite being pregnant during filming.
Queen & Slim is easily the most significant feature film in Turner-Smith’s filmography. The 2019 movie stars Turner-Smith opposite Daniel Kaluuya as the titular characters, Queen and Slim. The two of them start off as mere acquaintances who meet for a date, but find their lives moving in an irreversible direction after Slim kills a police officer in self-defense during an unjustified police stop. While on the run from the law, they find support in people who see them as heroes, and fall in love with each other. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the film was brimming with striking visuals and poignant moments. Queen & Slim received critical praise for its searing portrayal of racism and police brutality.