When an actor is pigeonholed, it means that Hollywood producers only see him as a specific type of character. While that might mean a safety net for struggling actors, it’s potentially a death sentence for actors with the talent and desire to play a wide range of roles. For example, there was a time when Tom Hanks was strictly typecast as a comedic actor before breaking free in the 1993 drama “Philadelphia.”
Unfortunately, Wiest never had her “Philadelphia” moment to escape the dreaded Hollywood typecast. The big question is why? Wiest won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in two Woody Allen films, “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Bullets Over Broadway.” Both roles were quite lewd and neither involved being a mother.
Despite this, Wiest says there is usually one type of role that has been offered to her in Hollywood since her Oscar win. The actress told The New York Times that she has been typecast as “a good mother and that’s it. That’s all that happened.” [after the Oscars]except in the theater.” Wiest also made the gossip columns nervous with the quip, “I have to move out of my apartment soon.” His mother made his rent in New York too expensive.